Does Knowledge Live In Your Community?

by Jay Deragon on 02/20/2010

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Everyone has assets. But we’re not talking about typical balance sheet assets rather we are talking about assets that lie within each of us.

Said assets represent capital that we share everyday. Whether it be sharing what we know and have experienced (intellectual capital), sharing the relationships we have and those experiences (social capital) or sharing ideas about how things could be better or a problem could be solved (creative capital), the combined three represent human capital untapped.

Today’s on-line categorization of our assets rest in silo’s of information. Our resume, our relationships and our ideas are all contained in silos of information. No one has yet synchronized all three human assets and indexed them into a taxonomy of “knowledge assets” which could be used by the community. Imagine what could happen if our searches were more relevant and relative to finding “assets” that can help us create more value.  If these collective assets were indexed into a taxonomy that provided relevancy to needs, wants and desires the possibilities would be limitless.

Dan Robles writes: Our culture organizes itself around winners and losers. Corporations reflect this competitive nature to the core of their Capitalist doctrine. Sports analogies abound across the enterprise straight through to the HR department always on the lookout for the most amount of superstar for the least amount of money.

Social media has every industry trying to understand the concept of community. Among the most difficult ideas to grasp is that knowledge assets in a community live on a bell curve, not in winner and loser columns. Everyone is an expert at something and nobody is an expert at everything. Someone who is not performing adequately is simply a misallocated asset, not flotsam subject to jettison at the next layoff or outsource “opportunity”.

Like most assets, there is a perfectly legitimate market for everyone in a community – nobody need be excluded, marginalized or laid off. Social Media is turning the tables on the hierarchy and old winners who don’t play by the new rules quickly become the new losers. Maybe we ought to run our economy like a community instead of losing so badly at trying to be a winner.

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