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More Clay Shirky: Is love stronger than profit?

Another one of my favourite talks by noted Internet thinker and author Clay Shirky. I told you about his recent Web 2.0 talk  comparing television sitcoms to gin, a stupifying social lubricant that’s helped us deal with wrenching social changes. Here’s another one of his talks, this one delivered as one of the opening keynotes at Supernova 2007. Using the repeated tearing down and rebuilding of a 1300-year-old Japanese shrine as a metaphor, Clay explained how the net’s social nature changes the basic dynamics of business and collective creativity, replacing the profit motive with something that looks a lot like … love:

"Up until recently the radius and half life of (love) has been quite limited. With love alone you can get a birthday party together. Add co-ordinating tools and you can write an operating system. In the past we would do little things for love, but big things, big things required money. Now, we can do big things for love."

Well worth the eight minutes of your life.

Video: Clay Shirky on Love, Internet Style

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