…the diversity of perspectives on the way the world is and the way it could be for any given individual is qualitatively increased. This gives individuals a significantly greater role in authoring their own lives, by enabling them to perceive a broader range of possibilities, and by providing them a richer baseline against which to measure the choices they in fact make. 
This, I feel, is the flip side of what I’ve referred to elsewhere as the learning economy.
On the one hand, the demands upon all of us to keep learning, growing, and acquiring new skills and knowledge are greater than they have ever been before. It can be daunting at times. Frightening, even.
On the other hand, the opportunities are enormous. It’s worth stopping occasionally to ask: Given the range of opportunities available, what steps am I taking to author my own life?
Benkler’s book is several years old, by the way. I wrote about it at least a couple of times in the early days of Mission to Learn, but I return to it often and am always amazed as the prescience of his thinking. Well worth the read – and it is available for free in a variety of formats.
I am an avid lifelong learner who writes and speaks frequently on the critical role of learning in our fast-changing world.