From sharing to cooperation to collective action

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For the last hundred years the big organizational question has been whether any given task was best taken on by the state, directing the effort in a planned way, or by businesses competing in a market. This debate was based on the universal and unspoken supposition that people couldn’t simply self-assemble; the choice between markets and managed effort assumed that there was no third alternative. Now there is.

Clay Shirky, 2008, Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. Penguin Books.

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