Shirky Principle

November 10, 2010 at 12:34 am (By Randy)

Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution.

Clay Shirky


  1. Peter Hoh said,

    True dat!

  2. Randy said,

    ‘fraid so. (I’ve long suspected the same but never seen it so beautifully expressed.)

  3. Theo.Boehm said,

    A corollary, often observed in American government, is that programs are designed and funded just well enough to fail.

  4. wj said,

    I’ve seen it at work with individuals within institutions, too. A combination of a need to be needed and a fear that, if they solve that one problem, there might not be others to warrant their continued employment (or they just don’t know how to solve any others).

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