Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age featuring Clay Shirky, Author; Adjunct Professor, Interactive Telecommunications Program - NYU.
Disruption happens. A technology breakthrough. A shift in consumer demand. A rise, or fall, in a critical market. Any of these can rewrite the future of a company -- or a whole industry. If you haven't faced this moment, you will soon. It's time to change the way you run your business. Now what?
How you decide to respond is what separates the leaders from the left behind. Today's smartest executives know that disruption is constant and inevitable. They've learned to absorb the shockwave that change brings, and can use that energy to transform their companies and their careers.
At the second WIRED Business Conference, presented in partnership with MDC Partners, you'll hear from industry leaders on how to respond to change, and how to use it to your advantage. Through one-on-one conversations between speakers and Wired editors and interaction with the speakers, you'll see how disruption is transforming the way smart organizations make decisions, keeping them on a steady path to growth.
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."
Shirky is an adjunct professor in New York Universityʼs graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program, where he teaches a course named "Social Weather." Heʼs the author of several books.
Ability to produce something new through imaginative skill, whether a new solution to a problem, a new method or device, or a new artistic object or form. The term generally refers to a richness of ideas and originality of thinking. Psychological studies of highly creative people have shown that many have a strong interest in apparent disorder, contradiction, and imbalance, which seem to be perceived as challenges. Such individuals may possess an exceptionally deep, broad, and flexible awareness of themselves. Studies also show that intelligence has little correlation with creativity; thus, a highly intelligent person may not be very creative. See alsogenius; gifted child.
I can only conclude that I am grateful that I never had be captive in any of his courses. It would have been painful to listen to his repetition, his arm gestures and his apparent assumption that we are as thick as his presentation suggests. Oi vey.
To Periergeia, if you think talking down to the lecturer with the evidence that "Wikipedia is not the oldest collaborative intellectual effort", then you have just made two things clear:
For one, you have completely missed the point of this video. Second, you have done something lesser than a "LOL Cat" in the participatory environment.
Aaaargh.... I was cringing all the way through this piece of insufferable intellectual hubris that seems to know next to nothing outside of its own little world.
"..Wikipedia is our largest and oldest example..."
Mr. Shirky, please look up
for a much older example of a collaborative intellectual effort that was designed as such early on. Wikipedia is by far not the oldest example for your claims. It is, historically, also by far not the most important example. Pretty much any encyclopedia and scientific review journal fall into the same category... they take surplus intellectual capacity, albeit from a limited number of experts, and convert it into more widely useful material than the original publications that drive the fields of said experts.
If you go to the British Museum, you will find a whole exhibit room filled with artifacts of English and other Naturalists, mostly people of the upper classes with spare time, money and intellectual capacity at their hands that have contributed greatly to the age of the enlightenment by refusing to spend all of their time with hunting, gambling and other gentlemanly things... I find it absolutely marvelous that the British Museum had the good sense to put this amazing exhibit in room 1!
By the same token, many serious art collectors are part of a collaborative class... they just happen to feed the museums of the world with their donations of works of art which, otherwise, would be impossible to obtain for the public.
And then there are the amateur astronomers, which, to this day, add significant contributions to astronomy, by observing and reporting rare phenomena which escape the deep but limited surveys of professional astronomers.
Shall we talk about the nameless contributors of the world's meteorological services, which maintained and continue to maintain many of the weather stations of the world for over a century?
How about the early naval officers, who upon return from their voyages would take the geographical information they had collected back to the map makers, so that the next ships visiting those parts of the world could learn from their experience and avoid the known perils?
That rather famous book, "Moby Dick", contains a fabulous description about the informal communication between whalers about their hunts and how one man, no other than Captain Ahab, uses it to hunt for his whale! I doubt Mr. Melville would have wasted Chapter XLIV of his masterpiece on this topic, if the power of collecting collaborative information had not struck him as remarkably powerful.
And at this point I have to apologize to all those people whose anonymous contributions to the world's knowledge I don't know about... but I wish that someone who does would give a really good talk about that... it would be way more interesting than one more idle speculation about one more internet fad.