Here Comes Everybody

The Power of Organizing without Organizations

Clay Shirky

2008, 319 pages. Published by The Penguin Press, 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014

With accelerating velocity, new technologies of social networking are evolving. As a result, people are finding it easy to organize themselves quickly in response to current events or around existing common interests. Business models are being destroyed, transformed, born at dizzying speeds, and the larger social impact is profound. Clay Shirky, a wise observer of the transformational power of the new forms of tech-enabled social interaction, assesses the impact these new technologies on the nature of groups. At the same time, he integrates the views of a number of other thinkers from a broad range of disciplines to provide a more holistic framework for understanding the opportunities and threats that these new, highly spontaneous networks of social interaction represent.