Imagine: A Knowledge Renaissance

Close your eyes, and imagine:

a world where education and learning are priorities, with families planting and nurturing the first critical seeds of curiosity in their children;

a place where businesses of every size and shape focus their talent on innovations that improve the human condition, less obsessed with maximizing dividends and more focused on the triple bottom line of profit, people and planet;

a time when communities are quick to form around the shared values and talents of people around them, when insights are traded as a valuable currency, and information silos are relegated to history books.

It’s one tapestry, really. Can you see the common threads? It’s all about people. In fact, relationships not only matter, they’re at the core. Collaboration is the rule, not the exception. And our cultures embrace knowledge and knowledge sharing at every level.

On Thursday 10/15 in Raleigh, I shared my perspective on a coming Knowledge Renaissance. We discussed how people can tap social processes and technologies, first to find each other, then to collaborate. We also discussed the value of learning, the positive dynamics of human interaction in communities, and the roles we can play to revive learning science.

Let’s face it. Taking on century-old paradigms won’t be easy. We’re gathering up threads for a new tapestry.

I’m pulling together the key takeaways. Meantime, thanks to everyone who came out to participate in the discussion. Stay tuned.

5 thoughts on “Imagine: A Knowledge Renaissance

  1. It’s about people, and relationships are at the core. Collaboration is the rule. I like that.
    As you mentioned, people need to find each other, then to collaborate. Would it be easy or challenging in finding such connections?
    Thanks for your insights into the new tapestry.

    • Hi John, thanks for your comment.

      For companies, I find it tends to be difficult to find the top resources and experts (often called ‘subject matter experts’ or ‘SMEs’). Most companies don’t track or publish bio’s of their experts, meaning navigation of these resources must be word of mouth. When social media tools are introduced, the bio data is typically self-reported and not made a priority.

      Since social media is getting traction on the open web much faster, best practices are emerging there, with profiles reflecting bio’s, key words, and interests. Lists and tagging capabilities are coming online, providing even more context.

      We’ve started a workshop to address SM adoption by the corporation, aka Enterprise 2.0. You can check out the stream for #E20WS.

      And I’ve covered this in more in my latest post in this thread, which includes some slides on the topic of ‘Findings SME’s’.

      Again, thanks for your interest. Hope this helped.

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