Through @timoreilly on twitter – I think – I discovered this presentation by Clay Shirky on his latest book « Here Comes Everybody ». Clay makes the same point as in my book, namely that people gather on the web to share, then to enter conversation, then to collaborate, and finally and hopefully coordinated action. But what he says and is new to me – had I known that before, I would have been more cautious – is that groups are natively conservative, which explains why we have such a hard time introducting 21st century collaboration in companies.
A video worth looking at:
One lesson could be to be more cautious, the other one to understand that without leaders able to shake a bit their colleagues, there will be no change. The same is true since the beginning of time in politics, economics, etc.