Category Archives: TED/TEDx

Clay Shirky on cooperation without coordination

Clay Shirky recently spoke at TEDGlobal 2012.  The video is not available yet, but they blogged about some of his session.

“When a lot of ideas come into circulation, it changes society,” Shirky says. “When there are more ideas in circulation, there are more ideas for any individual to disagree with. More media always means more argument. That’s what happens when media space expands.” The Internet is following the pattern, certainly providing us with another space for more argument. He shows a screenshot of some online “discussion” involving the phrase “maggot bastard,” a new one to me. (“YouTube is just a goldmine,” he says.)

“I study social media,” says Shirky, explaining, “I watch people argue.” Now he wants to introduce us to the group of people who represent to him the arguers we should watch most carefully: open-source programmers.

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TED Global Talk with Don Tapscott

The title of his talk was “Four principles for the open world.” Guess which one is the first principle.

We need to foster more collaborative events

Mita Williams gave a great talk at the TEDxLibrariansTO event over the weekend.

In the presentation, she noted:

I am standing here to extend an invitation to all of you. I believe that we – our profession, our community, our country, our planet – need more collaborative events to bring us together. We need more opportunities to host conversations. We need more opportunities to change the conversation. And so my invitation that I am extending is not to a particular event – but a personal invitation to all of you to organize an event for others.