Thursday, November 29, 2007

QOTD: David Weinberger on un-managing our information

David Weinberger via Joe McKendrick at FASTForward: Let’s Start ‘Un-Managing’ Our Information:
By using tools that allow that information to be broken out of its assigned categories, you will discover relationships you didn’t know were there. You’re going to spur innovation, you’re going to discover efficiencies and you’re going to enable people across your organization to find other people who share their passions.

Which sounds wonderful to me, but we also need to realize that many people are fat-and-happy hanging out in their comfy silos.

If you want openness, flatness, ideation, collaboration, peer production... all of the great things that these new ways of working are enabling, the very first thing you'll need to do is to free your information. You need to know, however, that your efforts will be fiercely resisted.

The walls of the silos are very thick. You'll need to call in the bunker busters to get it done.

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