We-Think… This Feels Stale

by F.

Charles Leadbeater is, according to him,

an independent author and advisor. He has written extensively on the rise of the Internet and its impact on culture and organisations, from his 1999 book Living on Thin Air to The Pro Am Revolution, published in 2004. He has spent the last 18 months researching his latest book We-think: the power of mass creativity, which charts the rise of mass, participative approaches to innovation from science and open source software, to computer games and political campaigning.

What’s the book about?

We-Think: The Power of Mass Creativity is about what the rise of the likes of Wikipedia and Youtube, Linux and Craigslist means for the way we organise ourselves, not just in digital businesses but in schools and hospitals, cities and mainstream corporations. My argument is that these new forms of mass, creative collaboration announce the arrival of a society in which participation will be the key organising idea rather than consumption and work. People want to be players not just spectators, part of the action, not on the sidelines.

Lin—what? Wikiwhoosit? What are these strange things? In other words, this doesn’t pheel very phresh. But what’s interesting—and perhaps not past its sell-by—is that he is putting a draft of the book out so folks can comment on it. Of course, The Long Tail was sort of gestated that way, too. And guess who keeps the royalties? I can see a real upside to this whole “participation” thing. We used to call it “work.” Now it’s “participation” and is unpaid. Awesome.

Get the book here.