Monday, May 04, 2009

As goes the NY Times, so goes the World Bank?

That is what real revolutions are like. The old stuff gets broken faster than the new stuff is put in its place. The importance of any given experiment isn't apparent at the moment it appears; big changes stall, small changes spread. Even the revolutionaries can't predict what will happen. Agreements on all sides that core institutions must be protected are rendered meaningless by the very people doing the agreeing. 
In this piece, Clay Shirky discusses Elizabeth Eisenstein's The Printing Press as an Agent of Change and draws parallels with the revolution facing the newspaper industry.  But he could just as well have been talking about the revolution facing the international development industry.  Is he also talking about your industry?