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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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We are what we share. November 19, 2008

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I am reading “We think. Mass innovation, not mass production.”, a great book by Charles Leadbeater. You can download it’s early version here. It is inspiring and somehow gives a hope… that people are able and willing to unite, to work together for good causes.

Leadbeater gives the example of Wikipedia. ” Wikipedia’s domain name was purchased on 15 January 2001. By the end of the month there were already 31 articles; by March, 1300 and by May 3900. (..) As of March 2007, Wikipedia was used by 5,87 % of Internet users, compared to 0,03 % Encyclopedia Britannica, 1,73% for the BBC News website and 1,36% for CNN, and 0,62% for New York Times. Wikipedia was ranked as the 11th – most-visited website in the world. (..) As Wikipedia spreads around the world not only does it carry knowledge, it teaches habits of participation, responsibility and sharing. Wikipedia is based not on a naive faith in collectivism but on the collaborative exercise of individual responsibility. Wikipedia is one of the most amazing cultural creations of modern times: a global resource of 6 million, volunteer-created articles amassed over six years, with virtually no staff and little funding. Wikipedia is like a vast bird’s nest of knowledge, each piece of information carefully resting on another. Yet this is a bird’s nest with no bird in charge of where to put each piece. It has almost constructed itself.”

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