Clay Shirky’s book, Here Comes Everybody – The Power Of Organizing Without Organizations is essential reading for everyone seeking to understand how our world has been redefined by the web. I threw sticky notes in a few pages and wanted to highlight a quote that warrants more discussion. This is from page 246, where the open source movement is being discussed:
In traditional organizations, trying anything is expensive, even if just in staff time to discuss the idea, so someone must make some attempt to filter the successes from the failures in advance. In open systems, the cost of trying something is so low that handicapping the likelihood of success is often an unnecessary distraction. Even in a firm committed to experimentation, considerable work goes into reducing the likelihood of failure. This doesn’t mean that open source communities don’t discuss — on the contrary, they have more discussions than in managed production because no one is in a position to compel work on a particular project. Open systems, by reducing the cost of failure, enable their participants to fail like crazy, building on successes as they go.
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