Thanks for your article — well written. I liked the following that you said.
“And some of the most powerful institutions of global collaboration are built on the power of the crowd — with weak hierarchies and emphasis on individuals choosing how to contribute to shared missions. Wikipedia or Ushahidi, the crowd-mapping and reporting tool, are perfect examples.”
Weak hierarchies is where it is at. There is no doubt in my mind that so long as power flows up into the hands of fewer and fewer people then we cannot create the kind of world we want.
There is much work to be done. Thinking about it, realizing that it is happening, and then participating begins the process.
I have just this year started paying attention to this phenomenon, but I will make up for lost time.