- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Profile Books (18 Feb. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1861978928
- ISBN-13: 978-1861978929
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,145,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
We-Think: Mass innovation, not mass production: The Power of Mass Creativity Paperback – 18 Feb 2008
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Likely to be the most controversial book about the Internet to be published in Britain this year...Leadbeater's We-Think is definitely an important book, even for sceptics like me...I urge you to read it. (Andrew Keen Independent)
...'this is a highly accessible and stimulating introduction to a set of trends that are still very much in their early stages. We should all be thinking a lot harder about where they will lead. (www.charliebeckett.org)
Leadbeater - with the help of his hundreds of online collaborators - has written an excellent intelligent and comprehensive guide to the labyrinth of bewildering ways in which a truly revolutionary era is unfolding.
...brilliantly comprehensive guide to the revolutionary era of IT... this book is unbeatable.... Like the phenomenon it describes, it's a mind-boggling but essential user's manual for modern life.
The new wizard of the web... We-think is a riveting guide to a new world...The seer has spoken.
I was gripped by Charled Leadbeater's erudition and passion for the subject...Leadbeater's book should be compulsory reading for all who seek to understand the driving force of this century.
A love letter to the web's emergent culture of sharing.
The man The Spectator calls 'the new wizard of the web' explores the ways in which mass collaboration is dramatically reshaping our approach to work, play and communication.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
On the other hand, there is a thriving 'cottage industry' of add-on development which does involve considerable collaboration, but that's not the argument he makes.
On the whole though, a strong book that would make a good introduction to anyone wondering what all this wiki/collaboration stuff was about and why it mattered.
Contrast Benkler's Wealth of Network's which although available as a wiki the hard copy delivers Benkler's authorship.
Interesting book in the nonetheless in a Cluetrain sort of way!
This book is one step above rubbish. It repeats age old examples of well known successes, and tries to convince the reader that it has been rebadged and improved. And by rebadging an old idea, means you can call everything We Think.
So, my honest opinion is that you should not pay for this book. Sure, if a friend gives you a copy, then read it.. You can then laugh at them for paying for it (speaking from experience!)
This book would have been better off as an 8 page article in Wired than a 200 page book.
The examples of 'successful we-think's were always going to be out of date, irrelvant and non-existant by the time the printing presses ran.
The second point which Charlie misses (or, to be fair, probably choose not to mention since I believe he is is fully aware of the issue) is the inability of the legal system to protect inventions and technologies developed through collaboration. Brainstorming solutions to problems is overrated - it is easy to brainstorm but it is hard to execute the ideas that have come from the brainstorm. "We-Think" collaboration suggests a mechanism to do just that - but the business models to protect the collaborative effort do not yet exist. (I have some possible solutions but a review of this book is not the place to discuss them.)
All in all a fascinating and thought provoking read - hence the five stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Charles Leadbeater book, is – as you would expect from him – an interesting and thoughtful study. It clearly and persuasively lays out how “an unparalleled wave of online... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mark Pack
Unfortunately I got a complete different book as I wanted to buy, which was just my fault. So I cannot really give a review of it.Published on 24 May 2011 by Martinist
I can see where the author is going, but he seems afraid to really drill into the issues and state his case with conviction. Either that or he has the attention span of a...... Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2010 by R. Spencer
I thought We-think is great. If you want to get your head round the benefits of Web 2.0 this is the book to do it. Read morePublished on 1 Jun. 2009 by Amazon Customer
A very well balanced book that looks at both the pros and cons of growing communities on the web. A book that will make you think.Published on 3 April 2008 by CB
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