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We are what we share 2 November 24, 2008

Posted by ieva in books, Uncategorized.
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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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