Beyond Civilization 

by Daniel Quinn, 1999

This book didn’t quite live up to some of the reviews, though it did have some good things to say.

All broken down into short (1-page) chunks.

The basic thesis is that hierarchical civilization is unsustainable in the long run, and that we need to do something different, not the same only more so. Quinn suggests that “tribes” will be the way to perform work. He takes the circus as his model — everyone is there because they want to be, and boss is just one of the jobs. That certainly sounds like a great place to work (and I’ve come close a few times — being in the computer game business helps), but even Quinn comes up with examples where it couldn’t work. 

Posted: Wed - November 12, 2003 at 08:20 PM