The concept of the Authoring Society derives from a citation from Doc Searls who says we are evolving towards a form of society where we are all the authors of our own lives.
"Few people in mainstream world even recognize that a radically new kind of economics is emerging – the “demand-side" supplying itself! Searls said that open source is the victory of ST – “social technology" -- over IT – information technology. This stems directly from the commons principles that lie at the heart of the Internet – “No one owns it. Everybody can use it. Anyone can improve it. One comment by Searls really reverberated with me. He said that the word “authority" means that we grant certain people the right to “author" who we are. Now that hierarchical authority is being supplanted by decentralized, networked authority, in effect, “We are all the authors of each other." (copy from unknown blog, received by personal communication)