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I'm going to sound like a stuck record now! Have you managed to track down 'multitude' yet! Your HauntedGeographies homework!-)

For me, its one of those rare books that moves the abstract and the conceptual into a workable and understandable framework. It's fantastic on the possibility of new types of community (and much more). I think its right up your pipe.


yes sir! i have ordered it... thanks ;-)

Jenny Brown

Glad you enjoyed the book. Brian Eno interviewed Clay Shirky at the ICA a little while back. I blogged about it and included a link to a recording of it: http://www.jenny-bee.net/2008/03/18/brian-eno-clay-shirky-the-power-of-networks/

I'd recommend you take a look at Wikinomics (here it is on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/4dhfyn ). It's a good follow on from the Shirky book as it talks more specifically about how institutions and corporations are going to be affected by mass collaboration.

Social media and online content sharing challenge organisations to fundamentally change their approach to communicating with audiences, demanding peer to peer engagement, genuine dialogue and a spirit of openess.

So let's see how the Church responds to *that* then ;)

stewart cutler

Glad you highlighted Shirky's book. There are quite a few youtube videos of him talking about the ideas in Here Comes Everybody, particularly his TED talk and a Google Authors talk.

I found his thoughts on open source and in particular the Power Law distribution, using flickr as an example, a real challenge to how we organise and contriute to church. Church is the classic intitution and the social media revolution could be as significant as the printing press was.


'The hive mind is for the most part stupid and boring.'
Jaron Lanier

The downside, 'Digital Maoism':

Steve Lancaster

All of the talk about bottom-up and the impact of the social media revolution finds a good context in a series of books published last year and in paperback this year with the word 'Wild' in their titles.

Jay Griffiths' book "Wild" hardwires our innate pilgrim spirit into the experience of being tribal animals, and brings in a spiritual dimension, in the best discussion of shamanism as a phenomenon relevant for everyone that I have found. Very interestingly, she and church, as they say, have history.

Another by Robert Macfarlane - about the need to treasure our inner and outer wilderness - is "The Wild Places", and Roger Deakin ("Wildwood") and Simon Barnes ("How to be Wild") are also on the same wavelength.

The common theme seems to be that individually and as institutions, when we work well, we are working wildly. And that links in to the bio-mimetic dimensions of the new technologies...

You'll also like the books because they contain beautiful, beautiful nature writing, which your photos always manage to capture.

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