Social Value Creation: How To Manufacture Wisdom

by Dan Robles on 11/08/2010

meditation21 225x300 Social Value Creation: How To Manufacture WisdomWe call this wisdom

In the old days, the hiring manager was the person to know if you wanted to get a job. They would read your resume and compare it with the “bell curve” in their mind.  This bell curve contains a statistical sample of all similar situations that the manager has witnessed, the variables involved, and a range of outcomes observed across their long and illustrious career…Ohhhmmmmmm

We Call This Simulated Wisdom

Modern HR systems try to simulate this wisdom through a series of innovations such as key word search, structured interviews, personality tests, and employee incentives. Now we can use Google (an information company) to derive sort of a proxy for wisdom as we assess search results in our own image.  Facebook and Linkedin go a step further by providing us with another filter through which to pass judgement upon a future employee or partner.  The problem is that the more we look into these systems, the more they deliver back to us a reflection of ourselves…Ohhhmmmmm

part 4b Social Value Creation: How To Manufacture Wisdom
Social Media vs. Normalized Intellectual, Social, and Creative Capital

The Data need to be Normalized

The world has become so strange, complex, technological, and interwoven, that no single person can possibly posses such a vast and broad set of experiences as to arrive at an optimized outcome every time.   Innovation favors strategic combination of diverse knowledge unlike the Industrial revolution which favored identical packets of similar knowledge.  The Innovation Economy will require a completely new approach to social value creation.

The Social Credit Score

Not unlike the FICO score, the knowledge inventory is a collection of potential knowledge events where the social network is a reporting agency that has a vested interest in meaningful knowledge events. Unlike FICO however, the variables for knowledge can be infinite (think of the Dewey Decimal System).  Also, a Social Credit Score would respond to positive events rather than a finite set of negative “hits”.

The Percentile Search Engine

Instead of just returning information, this new search engine must return probabilities from which an entrepreneur may test scenarios related to the likelihood of executing a particular business process at a known time, cost, proximity, ROI, etc.


Innovation Economics

An entrepreneur may want to know if her team has enough knowledge to execute a business plan. Perhaps the team has too much knowledge and they should try something more valuable. Maybe the team does not have enough knowledge and they should attempt another opportunity or accumulate training.

Valuation of Knowledge  The search engine can look into a network and identify the supply and demand of a knowledge asset. If it is unavailable or too expensive, the search engine can adjust for price, risk, or options that may emerge at a later date.

Business Intelligence Organizations can scan each other’s knowledge inventory and decide to compete, cooperate, acquire, or evade.

Knowledge management If a key person retires, the entrepreneur would simulate the knowledge that is lost and reassign people strategically.

The Secret Sauce  Companies such as Disney and Boeing both use Engineers, each would have proprietary algorithm of knowledge that represents their “secret sauce” of success. These recipes can be adjusted and improved to reflect and preserve the wisdom of an organization. Over time, these algorithms will become far more valuable then the Patents and Trade Secrets created by them – this will allow technologies to be open sourced much more profitably and shared across more industries.

Eventually, we will learn to manufacture wisdom …OhhhhMmmmmGeeeee


Jan Gordon November 8, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Hi Dan,

Thanks so much, we absolutely do have much in common! Let’s chat and explore possibilities. I will definitely take you up on your offer of using your wonderful content and videos on cyberland.

Hope to talk soon!


Dan Robles November 8, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Jan; Thank you for your kind and generous comments. This post is in support of a concept that we developed called a “public knowledge inventory” that preserves the knowledge assets. The due diligence aspect is profound since it would also serve as a vetting mechanism for an alternate economy; vetting is currently in the domain of banks, government, laws, etc. with obviously mixed effect these days.

Please visit and view tab called “social capitalism”. I’ve been enjoying cyberland for the last 1/2 hour and can see where we have much in common. Please feel free to use any of our articles (350+) or any of our videos (about 45) in any manner that you choose. Let me know if I can assist in any regard as well. Thanks again.

Jan Gordon November 8, 2010 at 2:09 pm


This is invaluable to those of us trying to do duedilligence before we launch a business, concept, product etc. I love the aspect of alligning with other companies and their competitors to preserve, expand or build upon knowledge or information that has already been established while protecting what is propietary. In addition to this, the way you have articulated this so brilliantly gives me a roadmap for my business endeavors and lots of delicious food for thought.

Jan Gordon

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