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5.0 out of 5 stars Like spending time with a clever uncle, 31 July 2008
This review is from: Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations (Hardcover)
What an inspiring and wonderful read this is. Clay Shirky's book Here Comes Everybody gives hope to anyone who has been trapped in a bureaucracy and said to himself "There has to be a better way than this!"

According to Shirky, there's some good news: There is.

While traditional structures in say the workplace reflect the intended aims of the organisation, other, "heatmappy" ways of looking at the most productive areas reveal that the business may be working quite differently to how the Personnel Department might think!

And just as this is true for formal organisations, Shirky shows that it can apply among strangers, in politics and many more examples besides.

At times, the reader wonders whether the "Everybody" of the title that technology is allowing to come together are really as likely to use their new potentials for good, and Shirky gives examples such as oppressive churches where the end effect of technology can be to limit benefits.

With that objection, though, this is like listening to your well informed clever uncle tell you tales of the past - except these ones are tales of the future!
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