Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Professor Clay Shirky, Professor, Interactive Telecommunications Program, New York University
Chair: Charlie Beckett
"Clay Shirky, one of the new culture’s wisest observers, steer us through the online social explosion and ask what happens when people are given the tools to work together, without needing traditional organisational structures. As online communication becomes ubiquitous, Shirky unpicks fundamental issues that are increasingly the source of much debate in particular in the media, in business, and in government, all of whom are grappling to make sense of the new social revolution. He argues that the conundrum is not whether the spread of these social tools is good or bad, but rather what the impact will be, for better or for worse."
Clay Shirky writes, teaches, and consults on the social and economic effects of the internet. He is a professor at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, and has consulted for Nokia, Procter and Gamble, News Corp., the BBC, the US Navy, and Lego. Over the years, his writings have appeared in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, Wired, and IEEE Computer. His latest book is Here Comes Everybody: how change happens when people come together.
Added by nico_macdonald on December 28, 2008