Participating and getting value from knowledge flows
John Hagel, John Seely Brown and Lang Davison encouraged both organisations and individuals to abandon ‘knowledge stocks’ and embrace ‘knowledge flows’ in Harvard Business Review in January 2009
(https://hbr.org/2009/01/abandon-stocks-embrace-flows.html). It used to be that if you knew something valuable, you had in effect, a license to print money. At an individual level our education provided the basis of our knowledge stocks. Now we need to continually refresh our knowledge by participating in flows.
The authors elaborated on the shift from knowledge stocks to flows in their 2010 book ‘The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion.’ (http://www.amazon.com/The-Power-Pull-Smartly-Things/dp/0465028764).
They argued that:
“In a radical break with the past, information now flows like water, and we must learn how to tap into its stream. Individuals and companies can no longer rely on the stocks of knowledge that they’ve carefully built up and stored away. Information now flows like water, and we must learn how to tap into the stream. But many of us remain stuck in old practices—practices that could undermine us as we search for success and meaning.”
Join PKMChat to discuss how far organisational and individual knowledge practices have advanced since 2010, and how we can each participate in, and get value from, knowledge flows.
PKMChat being about Personal Knowledge Management encompass Knowledge lifecycle in general. Our first chat was about learning, acquiring Knowledge. Our second is about sharing it. Week after weeks we will switch from one end of the lifecycle to another while exploring all the channels that could be used: social, formal, writing, videos. Feel free to suggest topics by tweeting to @pkmchat.