Clay Shirky – Why Complex Societies (industries) fail and an Infographic of Open Courseware

04Apr10

First, this is a great article from Clay Shirky comparing the fall of complex societies with the struggle of complex industries to innovate:

http://www.shirky.com/weblog/2010/04/the-collapse-of-complex-business-models/

Complex societies collapse because, when some stress comes, those societies have become too inflexible to respond. In retrospect, this can seem mystifying. Why didn’t these societies just re-tool in less complex ways? The answer Tainter gives is the simplest one: When societies fail to respond to reduced circumstances through orderly downsizing, it isn’t because they don’t want to, it’s because they can’t.

Possibly related (for the textbook publishing industry) is this awesome infographic on Open Courseware:

Infographic on Open Courseware

Advertisements


No Responses Yet to “Clay Shirky – Why Complex Societies (industries) fail and an Infographic of Open Courseware”

  1. Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: