... has never been so great. The world is changing, rapidly. Clay Shirky makes a strong argument here regarding the power of information, technology and collective, collaborative work, but his more important embedded message is our changing culture and the importance of "sense of community" and "social pacts or constraints," as opposed to contracts. There is an inherent generosity in the human spirit. Emerging technologies tap and celebrate this generosity--what Shirky refers to as communal value. This is fascinating. For schools we have to tap into social media technologies more than we do.