March 29, 2009

here comes everybody

We hadn't planned on going to the Walkabout last night. But since we got home from a family birthday party a little earlier than expected we peaked into Citizen Video to watch The Paddle Boat play a few songs (they are fantastic, by the way). I walked into The Grove, our great little neighborhood gift shop, to say "hi" to someone real quick and saw the book, Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. I'm already reading enough books right now, I know. But I picked it up. I got interested in this book by Clay Shirky after reading Jonny Baker's posts on the "Network of Christ" in which he refers to Shirky's book. They are very good. You can check out Baker's series here, here, here, and here. I only read the first two chapters last night, but I am intrigued. In short (from what I've read so far and gleaned from Baker's assessment), Shirky discusses how people organize themselves in ways that are not dependent upon our typical organizational structures. As an anabaptist, I like this non-hierarchical approach. But one thing that Shirky also seems to be saying is that people associate as they please and at different levels, so get used to it... that's just the way it is now. This is something that Joe Myers talked about in his book, The Search to Belong: Rethinking Intimacy, Community, and Small Groups. This, I'm not sure how I feel about. Again, as an anabaptist, I feel the need for some kind of call to discipleship, a radical ethic. Either way, I'm enjoying the read.

Onto another great blog series I found recently: Magpie Girl has some great posts on starting communities. The posts are practical, feminine (which we need more of) and just plain great. Check 'em out here, here, here and here.


Makeesha said...

I love magpie girl

Rob Yackley said...

sorry we missed ya...we were hanging out at Citizen's too for awhile last night listening to the music. i've also been hearing a lot about shirky's book. just can't decide if it's going to simply restate what most of us are already experiencing or if there will be new insights that enable us to leverage what's happening for the kingdom. let me know which way you think it goes!

Jason Evans said...

Yup, will let you know, Rob. BTW, we need to get coffee sometime son.

Mak, she is great. I dig her too. Would love to see her write even more on this as I sense she's got a lotta wisdom to offer

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