Clay Shirky

Abundance breaks more things than scarcity. Society’s really good at managing scarcity. If something is really valuable but hard to do, we develop a profession and we have all these pricing models. Once something becomes so cheap that it’s not worth metering anymore, that’s when real social change happens.

Clay Shirky

I use the analogy of a rocket ship: You can’t get a rocket to the moon just by aiming it. You also have to give yourself the ability to course correct. And when we look around at the landscape of really big successes, very often what we see is that the course correction turned out to be more important than the initial direction.

Clay Shirky

Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution.

Clay Shirky: Institutions vs. Collaboration

In this prescient 2005 talk, Clay Shirky shows how closed groups and companies will give way to looser networks where small contributors have big roles and fluid cooperation replaces rigid planning.

Clay Shirky

There’s no such thing as information overload, there’s only filter failure.