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Charles Leadbeater offers a breezy, pleasant discussion of the Internet’s possibilities for collaboration. Much of his commentary will seem familiar to those who know the area. However, his predictions of widespread social transformation give readers more meaty ideas to consider. While he clearly looks forward to many of these changes, he explains just how and when they don’t work, and why this powerful transformation in collaboration via the Internet hasn’t affected many pockets of society. His awareness of the Web’s limits lends weight to his discussion of its upside potential. The book’s clarity and style make it accessible to the casual observer, but getAbstract recommends it even more to those who already are somewhat grounded in this topic and who want to consider all aspects of the World Wide Web’s real future potential.

About the Author

Charles Leadbeater wrote for Financial Times for 10 years. He is also the author of Living on Thin Air and Up the Down Escalator.

 

Summary

Web Connection Defines Today’s World

The Internet is transforming the world in good and bad ways. It opens access to information and the media, and allows people to network, despite geographic distance. Yet, the Web expands the chance that onlookers can monitor individual actions; it exposes you to unprecedented, unexpected intrusions. The Web is above all open – a place where barriers are missing or porous; that means both risk and opportunity. Now the Internet is reaching a crucial point in its development. Use has spread so widely that the Web has begun to influence everything people do. The core issue is not how many individuals use the Web, but what happens when they “share and then combine” their thoughts. The Internet matters most as a platform for sharing.

This sharing provokes a fundamental shift in self-definition. Philosopher René Descartes’ famous line about identity and self-knowledge, “I think, therefore I am,” is changing amid this connection and collaboration. Today’s motto might be “We think, therefore we are.” That’s the essence of “We-Think.” Projects like Wikipedia show its possibilities, negative and positive. “Wikipedia is prone to more errors...


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    J. T. 8 years ago
    One of the "take away" notes was that this will help "democratize" the world. Sadly the author has no idea how to use this term properly.

    But yes - the web is a way to really get people to connect in ways we never could before. Social networking is a prime example.
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    G. 8 years ago
    Hi Jodi,
    You should see a small print icon located right above the PDF. If you use this print option, instead of the browser's you should be able to print it out correctly.

    Please also feel free to email us at info@getabstract.com if you have any further questions or there is anything else we can do for you.

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    J. C. 8 years ago
    Not sure if it is my browser but I can print this out in a format that is readible. I prints in a small box format.
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    E. B. 8 years ago
    Im not sure how I feel about the summary. It reads more like a book review, Im unconvinced this is for me
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      Erica Rauzin 8 years ago
      If it reads like a review, it's possible you haven't seen the whole documents. Our short recommendation is a review, but everything else is summarized information, from the 10 take-aways to the rest of the text. If you didn't see 5 pages, you didn't see all that we offer. I hope you'll take another look. We thought this was a really nice abstract -- Thanks, Erica Rauzin, getAbstract, managing editor
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    A. U. 8 years ago
    I can’t believe this, it is simply world class.
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    s. r. 8 years ago
    nice thinking
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    M. R. 8 years ago
    M rispress Febrary 15 2012
    Learning something every day
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    J. A. 8 years ago
    Toooooo short.... How would you summarize a book as deep as balanced scorecard in too few lines?
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    B. B. 8 years ago
    im confused!
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    M. E. 8 years ago
    think think & think
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    M. B. 8 years ago
    the summary is good.
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    F. D. 8 years ago
    F. Weigang
    interesting summary
    consequence. Chance or evil,
    depends of user
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    N. D. 8 years ago
    excellent
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      Kyra Smoots 8 years ago
      hahahahahaha
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    J. S. 8 years ago
    Outstanding!
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    M. h. 8 years ago
    This is a wonderful summary, well done dear
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    B. G. 8 years ago
    True individualism is vanishing and as human race we are progressing as we understand there is power in collaboration
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    D. G. 8 years ago
    i completely agree with Leadbeater
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    L. M. 8 years ago
    cool
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    L. M. 8 years ago
    cool
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    E. E. 8 years ago
    Generally, I think , it is good
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    B. C. 8 years ago
    goooooooooood
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    D. G. 8 years ago
    true. he is right in his perceptions. again it is true how many really correctly use the web for optimum benefits
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    M. U. 8 years ago
    are the optimized for viewibg on android phones? or am i an idiot?
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    v. t. 8 years ago
    ok...
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    K. A. 8 years ago
    This ignites!
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    S. G. 8 years ago
    thought provoking for me on a micro level - how to adapt its informality to a specific organisation
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    s. r. 8 years ago
    superb
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    T. H. 8 years ago
    not much new thinking here..
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    G. W. 8 years ago
    good
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    A. S. 8 years ago
    nice creation
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    O. P. 8 years ago
    The summary seems to be good. I thought the book itself was an elaboration of the obvious.
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    l. g. 8 years ago
    Salu y seaguridad ocupacional de la OIT
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    l. g. 8 years ago
    Enciclopedia de Salud y Seguridad de la OIT
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    J. A. 8 years ago
    Where is the download of The Greater Journey??
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    S. D. 8 years ago
    Awesome...........i like it .
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    N. S. 8 years ago
    I Can't see the information on my Mac.
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      Erica Rauzin 8 years ago
      If you click on the pdf icon, it should download and open immediately on your Mac as it does on mine. You can save the pdf by clicking on the save icon (looks like a little floppy disk) in the upper left. You may need to make sure you have Adobe Reader or Acrobat, but getAbstract has always worked smoothly on my Mac (I'm a staffer - so write info@getabstract.com, Noel, if you still have a problem, and we'll help). E. Rauzin
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    S. I. 9 years ago
    Very precise reading
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    J. G. 9 years ago
    Everything works well. I download to my PC and use with my Kindle for PC that's free from Amazon.com. Excellent idea!
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    H. P. 9 years ago
    Can't download the books using the links above!
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      Mustapha Abdul 9 years ago
      Try listen now. You will hear the voice over of the abstract.

      Mustapha
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      STEVE DAVIS 9 years ago
      great