DMMK Interviews with Clay Shirky


As part of an interview series for the 18th German Multimedia Congress (DMMK) I had the pleasure of talking to keynote speaker Clay Shirky. Clay Shirky teaches at the Interactive Telecommunications program at New York University and is a well known thought leader through his work.

Download MP3 (40 min, 29 MB)

Between other things, we talk about

  • the research which resulted in his new book Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations
  • his 5 word synopsis: Group action just got easier
  • what are relevant participation patterns?
  • developped world and the challenges for the newspaper industry and the challenges for society out of this
  • why the product department should adopt these new tools, not marketing
  • we are in the infancy of use of social tools in companies
  • if old organisations will not catch up, startups will do the job for them
  • not all of the real world will fall away, but we will focus on which tool is best for the task at hand
  • the days of distinguishing online and offline are long gone
  • Europe’s potential is the cognitive diversity
  • why even looking at the every day phone usage in Europe is so much more advanced than ‘mobile’ in the US
  • copy cat mode: how to (not) direct your energy and why digital media reduces the costs of failure and why this may change the attitude towards failure tolerance
  • newspaper used to have a monopoly on public expression and this is gone now
  • Take a good look at your customers! It will not wait for you to get ready for the changes

At the end of the interview he lists a set of questions which you should be asking yourself – and if you work through these it will help you to figure out what your next steps should be. :)

You can find out more about him on him blog or his twitteraccount (@cshirky).

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2 Responses to “DMMK Interviews with Clay Shirky”

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  2. Mike Wagner says:

    Great interview! From one of my favorite thinker/writers.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughtful questions and Clay’s answers.

    Keep creating…it’s more fun that way,