We-Think therefore we are

11emaha02cl_pisitbdparrowtopright_2I'll be in London on Monday night to celebrate the launch of Charlie Leadbeater's highly provocative and very readable new book We-Think. Charlie and I are doing a debate at Holborn headquarters of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) at 5.30 pm.

NESTA's tagline is Making Innovation Flourish and our debate is entitled "Mass Collaboration or Extermination by the Masses". The debate, I suspect, will focus on how to best encourage innovation. I know Charlie's innovative position: we-think therefore we are -- innovation in the digital age being best realized through distributed groups. I remain a bit of Cartesian traditionalist, of course: I think there I am being my credo -- innovation, for me, still coming from individuals rather than from the digital crowd.

I'm packing my copy of Yevgeny Zamyatin's dystopian classic We to throw -- metaphorically, at least -- at Charlie during our duel. Hope to see you in Holborn (tickets are free) on Monday night.