Clay Shirky’s book tour collided with the TED conference in Cannes earlier this month, and what you get is a crisp, 13-minute precis of the arguments in Shirky’s new book, Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age. The big question after watching Shirky’s piece: How can Open Culture draw on the collective “cognitive surplus” of our readers and deliver a more powerful site to learners worldwide? A lot of it comes down to design/architecture. But what would a re-architected Open Culture site look like? If you have some thoughts, please take a few minutes to send them our way. Who knows, your thinking might inspire a whole new approach here.
To delve further into Shirky’s thinking, you can listen to his extended interview last week on KQED’s Forum, my favorite morning talk show in San Francisco. Download here, or stream below.
I’m looking forward to reading this book. Shirky spoke about this in 2008 as well – transcript at the link below.