Friday, February 27, 2009

Here Comes Everybody

Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations by Clay Shirky

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars
my link Jonny Baker blogged about this book and recommened it... it seemed interesting so i went to and read a preview of the first chapter. i liked it so I ordered it.

There were sections of this book that were very interesting to me and others that were hard to grab on to. the most positive thing that i took from this book was seeing how practical it is becoming for people to collaborate without the formality of an organization. Most of the examples stem from internet based options where people have or are working together to create, modify or maintain useful and helpful programs.

Shirky has definitely done his homework. Telling a meaningful story and relating it the power of organizing is his strong suit in this book. The opening chapter was captivating. Who knew a story about a lost cell phone could be so interesting.

Other chapters talked about leaderless, collaborative organized groups on the internet like Flickr, LiveJournal, Meetup, etc. The chapter on the inception of Wikipedia - it's failures and it's success were particularly interesting.

Here comes Everybody was in ways empowering because it displays the low cost of failure in the right type of setting. Those failures generally lead to future success.

I enjoyed most of this book.

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