The No Carrot, No Stick Zone

This talk by Clay Shirky is a basicly the first bit of his book performed live.

He cut from the book the suggestion that the phase transition we are going thru is going to lead to chaos.

I don’t recall hearing before the delightful idea that Institution rely of carrots and sticks, but that if you want to tap into the the long tail of one off contributors you can’t do that, making the long tail a no carrots, no stick zone. That is very line nice. While it’s probably not true, since systems that work by filtering value out of that thin soup of long tail contributors can to a lot to manage their incentive structures, it is a very good rough approximation of the right mindset.

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