We learn faster and better when we connect with one another on a common goal. It’s how it’s always been done, but these days, organizations and individuals are becoming more intentional about it. The new word for the game is knowledge, and though money still rules, its playing a slightly smaller role.
Working with clients and others, the notion of sharing knowledge and being transparent about it, is catching fire. It’s no longer cool to horde information and only release it on a need-to-know basis. The space where this new game is being played is online. Online communities of practice are popping up everyday. People are eager to share what they know, and others are eager to learn. And communities of practice can be as different as the group of individuals that set them up. There are no formal rules, just best practices.
What gets me excited about knowledge sharing? It’s the potential it has to enable change. Our society is learning to think differently about itself, our values, and what matters. Those at the forefront of opening the gates and letting knowledge flow from old hands to new hands are in ground-breaking work. And its an exciting time to be in this new emerging field.