Clay Shirky

«Society is not just the product of its individual members; it is also the product of its constituent groups.»

Clay Shirky


«The centrality of group effort to human life means that anything that changes the way groups function will have profound ramifications for everything from commerce and government to media and religion.»

Clay Shirky


«The transfer of [...] capabilities from various professional classes to the general public is epochal.»

Clay Shirky


«In a profession, members are only partly guided by service to the public.»

Clay Shirky


«Upgrading one's imagination about what is possible is always a leap of faith.»

Clay Shirky


«When we change the way we communicate, we change society»

Clay Shirky


«Tragedy of the Commons: while each person can agree that all would benefit from common restraint, the incentives of the individuals are arrayed against that outcome.»

Clay Shirky


«[N]ew technology enables new kinds of group-forming.»

Clay Shirky