There's a worldwide conspiracy for the promotion of mediocrity--and we're all co-conspirators, witting or unwitting. We become unwitting supporters of mediocrity by following conventional wisdom or faddish ideas that actually don't make things better--just more mediocre. Large organizations are hospitable to mediocrity with their desire to scale and their lazy continuation of obsolete programs. But don't despair! We can learn from groups who, by being original and resourceful, resist mediocrity.