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Living in a Hyper-Connected World - What Does It Mean?
What is more important than knowledge?
By: Udayan Banerjee
May. 22, 2012 09:00 AM
Does Knowledge = Power?
At first glance the answer seems to be obvious – yes knowledge is power. After all we live in the knowledge economy. Most of us are knowledge workers. We have graduated from the industrial age to the information age. Knowledge is considered as the key asset of any organization. So on … and … so on …
But – just take a minute and imagine the following situations:
All I am trying to say is:
(A) Knowledge is more freely available and accessible now than any time in the history of our civilization
(B) Any piece of knowledge without the supporting infrastructure is as good as useless
So, what is more important than knowledge?
Again, try answering the following questions:
The keywords are …
Reputation = How others perceives a professional
Brand = How prospective customers perceive a company
Fan following = Emotional attachment between a celebrity and the fans
Social network = How individuals are connection with each other
Supply chain = How organizations across the world are connected to each other
Academic network = How researchers build on top of work done by others
It is all about how we are connected to each other, individuals are connected to organizations and how organizations are interconnected.
This is the basic of all collaboration – how individual bits of knowledge get connected to form a whole which is much larger than its parts.
Network over Knowledge
Taking a leaf out of agile manifesto let me say that…
“…while there is value in the items on the right (Knowledge), we value the items on the left (Network) more…”
So, the key question is:
This topic has been on my mind for quiet sometime but three things happen almost simultaneously which prompted me to write this post … finally.
So, it is again a network effect!
WordPress provides a nice graphical representation of the hits. I have put an image alongside the Facebook connection map. The similarity is interesting!
Here is an interesting viewpoint on how this hyper-connectivity is affecting us.
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