Clay Shirky apparently was really well known by the 500 or so people in the room but I hadn't heard of him before. After listening to him for less than 10 mins I realised why he was so warmly received.
Someone recently posted an audio file of the discussion so feel free to click below to have a listen for yourself and let me know what 'you personally hear'.
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(unfortunately the audio isn't great as it was captured by someone in the audience on their cell phone or something like that - it's one of those spontaneous events where you wish for years later you had a proper recording of the event but as far as i know this is the only recording - and they missed the Q&A at the end that had the majority of the good points raised around what 'we' should be doing about this).
I was very inspired and heard there is an expectation (not a burden but more of a tax), that I as a literate, educated, well trained IT person should, if not must, give back to the world something that utilises my personal skillsets to the best of my ability something in IT that radically changes the world as we know it.
It was for me personally a very inspiring session.
If you enjoyed his point of view you might want to check out his book on Amazon, i purchased it online that very night and this blog post was going to be a review of his book but after 3 re-writes of what I was going to post originally I just couldn't cover it in a way to do it justice (which is why i sought out the audio file).
You should click below and check it out.
Clay Shirky - Here Comes Everybody
P.S. someone sent me this video http://youtube.com/watch?v=A_0FgRKsqqU its a much longer version of the same topic he presented on but it was much more powerful at Meetup because of the Q&A (and was shorter - I also think Clay may have been more nevous giving the talk in front of the Berkman community).