The Book

“Relationships may be more telling about a company’s prospects than quarterly income (for relationships build real long-term value and create a true barrier to entry for others).”

“I’d buy the stocks of companies that know me well and play well with others. I’d short the companies that build walls around themselves.”

“Corporations, governments, and old institutions are not built to operate so much in the open. By the time they recognize the need for change and the inevitability of it, new entrants using open platforms will often be ahead of them.”

A visionary and optimistic thinker examines the tension between privacy and publicness that is transforming how we form communities, create identities, do business, and live our lives…In this shibboleth-destroying book, Public Parts argues persuasively and personally that the internet and our new sense of publicness are, in fact, doing the opposite. ..The internet, he argues, will change business, society, and life as profoundly as Gutenberg’s invention, shifting power from old institutions to us all. Based on extensive interviews, Jarvis explores the promising ways in which the internet and publicness allow us to collaborate, think, ways—how we manufacture and market, buy and sell, organize and govern, teach and learn.

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