What he did was to work out a message framed in big enough terms to inspire interest, yet achievable enough to inspire confidence. (This sweet spot is what Eric Raymond, the theorist of open source software, calls “a plausible promise. ”) Without a plausible promise, all the technology in the world would be nothing more than all the technology in the world.
Note: @Guardian likes Here Comes Everybody http://bit.ly/ieYLWp @cshirky on "Plausible Promise" @ESRtweet
The essential advantage created by new social tools has been labeled “ridiculously easy group-forming” by the social scientist Seb Paquet.
Note: http://openresearch.sebpaquet.net/
Most organizations attempt to reduce the effect of failure by reducing its likelihood.
Note: Startups should spend more time trying to figure out how to "fail faster".
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.
Note: @cshirky on cautious planning in traditional orgs v. ridiculously easy group-forming