Clay Shirky

Getting Serious about Community Development (Part 15)

There is an alternative path to ownership, other than coercing people into change. It’s called invitation.

McKinsey I feel so sorry for you (rant-alert)

While giving away control is seen as a flaw in a traditional context, this is the one and only true skill that should be addressed in leaders.

Getting Serious about Community Development (Part 7)

As we are developing this series on community development, at some point it’s time to start wondering about the impact this all has on the inside of an organization.


It’s not information overload, it’s filter failure.

Welcome to my Bell-Shaped World

Take a seat on the other side of my eyeballs. You will discover that I look at the world through a pair of bell-curve-shaped lenses. I keep tinkering until they make sense. So there you go: Ten Tinkered Bells!

Newspapers are Solving the Wrong Problem

We are all quite good at creating and sustaining comfort-zones, because this is what makes life predictable. But when we do that at as a group or an organization, disasters can happen. Newspapers are next on this list.


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

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

“If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew, just go right along and you’ll start happening too.”
— Dr. Seuss

Clay Shirky on Cognitive Surplus

In this TED talk Clay Shirky takes the example of the platform Ushahidi to explain what he calls COGNITIVE SURPLUS – the disruptive force taking down the narrow thinking of scarcity-based economy.