According to Clay Shirky, there are 4 stages to mastering the connected world:
- Collective action.
In his book, he does describe a "ladder of activities that are enabled or improved by social tools" in which "The rungs on the ladder, in order of difficulty, are sharing, cooperation, and collective action." (Here Comes Everybody, p.49). But that's very different from thinking of these as a sequence of things to be mastered. Each one is potentially more powerful, but also more difficult and complex.
Beyond that, you can't "master" collective action; these things aren't skills. What's good about Shirky is that he problematizes this stuff; I guess it is inevitable that people giving boosterish keynotes referencing his work will subsequently run it though an un-problematizer.
Just something that caught my attention while waiting for Helen to get her mic working on Skype...