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We are what we share 2 November 24, 2008

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Some more bites of the inspiring book “We Think” by Charles Leadbeater.

“Crowds and mobs are stupid as often as they are wise. It all depends on how the individual members combine participation and collaboration, diversity and shared values, independence of thought and community. When the mix is right- the outcome is a powerful shared intelligence. When the mix is wrong it leads to cacophony or conformity. (..) In We-Think innovators share their ideas quite freely and welcome others’ borrowing of their work and improving on it. They put a lot of effort into their innovations and then do not seek to profit from them. This behaviour we have learned to regard as bizzare and yet on the web it seems to be a part of the new normal. (..) The web’s power comes in allowing us to be social in new ways. It speaks to a deep, old-fashioned yearning people have to be connected and to share- yet one that serves a modern purpose, to generate new ideas and knowledge. The oldest habits of shearing will be central to how we innovate together using new technologies. (..)

In the century to come, the well being will come to depend less on what we own and consume and more on what we can share with others and create together, especially as consumption becomes increasingly constrained by environmental concerns that means we have to lie more within collectively binding limits. In the 20th century we were identified by what we owned, in the 21th century we will also be difined by how we share and what we give away. That is why the web matters so much. It will allow us to share and so to be creative in new ways. (..) By making tools of cultural producion ever mere wildely available, Web 2.0 has unleashed new waves of authentic talent- pensioners on YouTUbe, bloggers like Salam Pax, i-or internet performers like Ze Fank and Ask a Ninja, who can find their audiences without succumbling to the cookie-cutting marketing of the mainstreem culture industry. (..)

Artists encourage others to borrow from them rather thatn protecting their rights as authors. As Woody Gutherie’s copyright notice put it:

“This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright 154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singing it without permission, will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don’t give a dern. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. We wrote it, that’s all we wanted to do.””

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1. Ilze - November 24, 2008

I just (some 15 min ago) start to read this book because the big title is “We think”! I try to do the same – I try to think.
But my big surprise in the very first sentences of this book is that web is doer: “web promotes”, “web will change”, etc. My big question is: “Where does WE disappeared?”, because I presume that Web can not promote, change, …, but WE can.
But I promise, I will read more than first page of this book and probably find answer to my big question.

2. balticdesign - November 24, 2008

Well, I think that… if I think and you think and he thinks…, then web can unite us in a way that WE THINK! Web can be a good TOOL that helps us to share OUR thoughts. That’s the way I understand it.
The book is full of inspiring examples. Before reading it, I hadn’t realized the huge importance and force web has nowadays. And this force can be really constructive and creative!

3. jc - November 25, 2008

Vēl lasu, bet jā, grāmata ir iedvesmojoša. Daudz ideju protams ir utopiskas, taču ir arī reāli piemēri. Tas geimeru projekts likās iespaidīgs, kā arī idejas par pro-amatieriem un masu produkciju (nevis produkciju masām).

4. jc - November 25, 2008

Interesanti ka arī pati grāmata rakstīta vairāk vai mazāk “we-think” tehnikā, kur autors ir vairāk kā redaktors.

5. kuuna - December 10, 2008

Just trying out my hand here🙂 Thanks for suggesting the book – he himself doesn’t use the potential of web and discussion space fully though ,)

6. balticdesign - December 10, 2008

Hm, why do you think so? The book was created thanks to contribution of more than 200 persons… by internet.

7. kuuna - December 11, 2008

Simply because the site itself does not provide any room for discussion and comments are being censored. I guess he has done his job by writing the book. And that might be allright. However, just spotted one new site, which is based on social networking and claims to be THE new community of problem solvers. It is so ugly that my eyes hurt and mind refuses to participate, but that brings out very interesting point – not everyone who is thinker, solver, doer, etc. can be also eyemind candy maker. oh – and here is the adress: please don’t panic or scream from disgust when it opens!
http://changingnormal.com

8. balticdesign - December 11, 2008

Hahahaha, ja it is almost a bit scaring. Thanks for the link! I’ll take a closer look.
You’re right about Leadbeater’s website. Strange… it doesn’t really make sense to cut off the interaction part:/.


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