From Thomas P.M. Barnett:
….We also think the competition proved itself as a useful method for attracting and identifying talent within our burgeoning online community of strategists. There are literally thousands upon thousands of professional, apprentice (like our grad students) and avocational strategists out there on the Web generating useful analysis, and, in a disconnected sense, you could say they’re all collaboratively competing for our attention with their blogs, sites, etc.
But when Wikistrat pulls them into an online venue explicitly designed to foster that collaborative competition – directly, then we turbo-charge the dynamic by concentrating it to an unprecedented degree. The International Grand Strategy Competition was a brilliant demonstration of that potential: no established “stars” among the 200-plus individual team members, and yet collectively they pushed each other to generate a constant flow of innovative strategic ideas. And the longer the competition went on, the higher the flow and quality of those ideas – innovation feeding off innovation….
Wikistrat also has a new look.