The World Is Round

6 thoughts on “The World Is Round”

  1. Thanks a bunch, Bill for dropping by and welcome!

    I really appreciate you have shared some comments in here linking to one of your blog posts as I have enjoyed it thoroughly. What great points indeed ! I agree with you that all this hype about the connectivity and spreading of information will certainly not materialise in knowledge. It just doesn’t work that way, regardless of what some people may say. And I think that you hit the nail on the head when you identified that informal learning, while at work, is the new imperative to make it work; to facilitate the transition from that information sharing to that knowledge acquisition. And the way I see it is that all of those different connections for gathering information are just enablers that would facilitate the harvesting of that knowledge and corresponding collaboration; but they would be just that, enablers, not the final result of a successful KM strategy. And I feel that is something that we should very consciously take into account, otherwise we would be falling again in the same trap all over.

    Thus thanks again for sharing your thoughts and for the link. Great stuff!

  2. Luis
    I enjoyed reading this post. Here is my take on this : I feel there are many communities out which focus on knowledge per se.Wikipedia is a great example. It has the community and the collaboration factor you are speaking about.I disagree with Prusak when he says that information alone may not help people.Here in India,there is an initiative called e-Choupal (meaning “village meeting place”)which allows farmers to check prices in local auction houses and the prices of soyabean futures at the Chicago board of trade.This basic information helps farmers make more margins and lead a better life.Just being aware of the price of a commodity can transform the lives of people.Focus on connectivity and information.Sensemaking will follow-that is an emergent property!!

  3. Thanks for the comments, Dinesh ! I am not able to check the link you may have potentially included under e-Choupal, since it doesn’t seem to be active, but I still think that I would agree with Larry in this particular sense. The example you provided, for instance, is just a good indication of how information gets applied in a particular scenario using some sensemaking and therefore applying it for a very particular scenario in order to achieve something. That to me, is applying knowledge based on a piece of information, which I think is what Larry was referring to, as opposed to just digest information over and over again without context and without the urge of potentially re-using it at some point in time based on what they have just learned. And I think that is the actual key to Larry’s article: make use of information through different learning processes in order to be able to then facilitate its transfer.

  4. Thanks, Dinesh, for the comments and for sharing the actual link! What an interesting web site, indeed! Although I still think that the way information flows over there would just be the beginning to that acquired knowledge through learning and experiences shared, it would certainly be a very good start towards helping build those knowledge resources that could then well be reused at a later time not only by themselves but by others who may benefit from that as well.

    Thanks again for the feedback input! I have got a couple of other comments but I will get to share them over at your blog post on the same subject later on. Need to work on them a bit more.

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