"A force is created between people"

It is inspiring to meet with others around something. Around a cause. To work together with others gives you something. I experienced that when running a relay race as a kid: You could run faster when you had that baton in your hand because you had to hand it over to someone else, than if you were running alone. That is a fact: You get something. A force is created between people when they work together around something that they feel makes sense to them. That is the force that manifests itself in sociality.
— From the book Med Villy by Villy Sørensen, edited by Sylvester Roepstorff, via Merete Sanderhoff

Long-term accidents

Twentieth-century beliefs about who could produce and consume public messages, about who could coordinate group action and how, and about the inherent and fundamental link between intrinsic motivations and privation actions, all turned out to be nothing more than long-term accidents. Those accidents are now being undone by new opportunities, created by us, for one another, using abilities afforded to us by new tools. The driving force…is the ability of loosely coordinated groups with a shared culture to perform tasks more effectively than individuals, more effectively than markets using price signals, and more effectively than governments using managerial direction.
— Clay Shirky, Cognitive Surplus, Chapter 4 (last page)