Saturday, August 06, 2011

Knowledge Flows Vs Knowledge Stores

The book, The Power of Pull by John Hagel and John Seely Brown, influenced our thoughts significantly while designing the informal learning framework in Career OnDemand. We did not place much emphasis on storing knowledge. Instead we focused on how to quickly connect people with passion and generosity with curious people who have an open mind. We focused more on moving ideas quickly from person to person rather than organizing the knowledge in a neatly formatted way in a huge knowledge store.

In fact knowledge is so quickly accessible and perishable today, that we consider the effort of building knowledge stores almost a waste of time. Even when we attempted to store some knowledge, we just used it as an excuse for generous and curious people to start a conversation that leads to new ideas and creative friction.

We put the foundation in place to track these relationships and recognize the contributors and the consumers. If you are in the people management business, I highly recommend the book and the video below.

If you want to discuss this topic, talk to my colleague @burningcrow. He is very passionate about this topic. If you are interested in getting an early peak into Career OnDemand, please let me know. I'll show you what we have done so far. There might be some paper work. Don't worry. I'll deal with it.

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