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Knowledge is power. But how do we acquire the right knowledge? At the intersection of innovation, networking and knowledge sharing lies enormous potential, but also plenty of pitfalls and unexplored risks of making mistakes and wasting time. Still, those organizations and individuals that “dare to share” and move towards more transparency and openness are finding that it makes good business and career sense.
Networked knowledge in action is our 2014 conference theme. Knowledge sharing has been a buzz topic for a while; something we should “do more of” and “become better at”. But many of you are telling us that this is damn difficult. Few have managed to make real strides, despite having spent time and resources on getting sophisticated technical solutions such as SharePoint in place. Why is it proving so hard?
Perhaps we need to start somewhere else. Perhaps it is not a change of software, but a change of mindsets and cultures that needs to happen. Sharing openly and freely is not a natural part of most people’s DNA – and is much harder still for most large organisations with their many layers of complexity. Many are still governed by a strong “gatekeeper” mentality. Sharing ideas and assets, internally as well as outside the organizational walls (fire and brick) can make the organization more attractive in a multitude of ways and lead to better results, performance etc. The digital channels will not bring about this change on their own, but they are vital components in this transformation.