I hope that you have all had a chance to consider a choose an appropriate article from the bibliography. I note that we have about 22 choices so far. Great. If you haven’t please do so and as I said not constrained by the list included, if you would like to do one in another area – perhaps that you have found in locating your own article through TCD’s Stella – please just let me know.
There’s a short presentation coming on wiki’s and will appear in the blog here.
Please view at your convenience the following video. Shirky is always fun – even if not Canadian 😉 This particular presentation is short and pithy, but looks at the nature of self-organisation and additionally the nature of how we get a very privileged exposure to news and ideas – especially through increased reliance on Google for search – i.e. if you are not in the top ten searches, you don’t exist. Do we read below the 10 ten? Is our world view increasingly constructed by the collaboration and interest of others and how does this increasingly drive it self and become increasingly self-reflective. Take a look and see what you think. This isn’t a recent video, but I think it still holds very true and has not really lost in the interim in terms of the larger ideas he is exploring.
Clay Shirky – Institutions versus Collabouration (2005)
Clay Shirky’s work focuses on the rising usefulness of networks — using decentralized technologies such as peer-to-peer sharing, wireless, software for social creation, and open-source development. New technologies are enabling new kinds of cooperative structures to flourish as a way of getting things done in business, science, the arts and elsewhere, as an alternative to centralized and institutional structures, which he sees as self-limiting. In his writings and speeches he has argued that “a group is its own worst enemy.”
Also please take a read of : Sam Palmisano, The Globally Integrated Enterprise (2006). This in prep of the next discussion around open innovation.
‘What’s Ireland up to when it comes to Social Computing? Anyone involved with some success stories? Any apparent strengths that make Ireland ripe for success?’