Inspiration from Dr. Michael Wesch at KSU:
Clay Shirky is an American writer, consultant, teacher, and social media theorist. He is one of the most world’s most prominent thinkers on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. His columns and writings have appeared in Business 2.0, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review and Wired. He is the author of Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations and Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age.
Shirky holds a joint appointment at NYU, as an Associate Arts Professor at the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) and as an Associate Professor in the Journalism Department. He has consulted with a variety of groups working on network design, including Nokia, the BBC, Newscorp, Microsoft, BP, Global Business Network, the Library of Congress, the U.S. Navy, the Libyan government, and Lego. Clay Shirky TED Bio
Our social tools remove older obstacles to public expression, and thus remove the bottlenecks that characterized mass media. The result is the mass amateurization of efforts previously reserved for media professionals. – Clay Shirky
Thoughts & Questions for Discussion:
• What is open source exactly? Open source & Collaboration
• Gamers succeed where scientists fail – The power of collaboration
• Has the internet already begun changing government?
• If so, how and in what ways?
• Important changes come after the fun – is this true of the internet and government?
• Will we one day have a more “collaborative” government?
• What might that model look like?
• What tools can we use today to change ‘the way we argue’?
Time Warner has called and they want us all back on the couch, just consuming — not producing, not sharing — and we should say, ‘No.’ – Clay Shirky
More Resources & Ideas:
• More reading on GitHub
• Full video transcript at TED.com
• Clay Shirky’s weblog
• How social media can make history – Clay Shirky at TED.com
• How great leaders inspire action – Simon Sinek at TED.com
• How do Shirky and Sinek’s TED Talks relate?