In the words of the physicist Philip Anderson, “More is different.” When you aggregate a lot of something, it behaves in new ways, and our new communications tools are aggregating our individual ability to create and share, at unprecedented levels of more.
The Sirens of Titan, “The worst thing that could possibly happen to anybody would be to not be used for anything by anybody.”
the wiring of humanity lets us treat free time as a shared global resource, and lets us design new kinds of participation and sharing that take advantage of that resource.
It’s easy to galvanize a group with thoughts of some external enemy, but, in fact, the likeliest source of distraction from a shared goal is from the members of the group with that goal. (Ironically, one of the easiest ways to distract such a group is to get them to focus on outside enemies, real or imagined, rather than on their shared interests or tasks.) Because the biggest threat to group action is internal, voluntary groups need governance so that we can defend ourselves from ourselves; we need governance to create a space we can create in. Creativity at the personal and communal end of...
Note: Probably true for an individual as well - constraints and "personal governance" to increase focus and improve creativity.