As the world changes, and all our knowledge goes online, with insurmountable intellect and nonsense available to all in equal measure, the way we interact with this knowledge must change if we are to derive the maximum benefit from it.
New roles and behaviors must emerge to enable us to adapt to this evolving resource if we are to capitalise on the opportunity it represents without being overloaded and swamped with its immensity, drowning in knowledge to the point where we are stifled and can know longer act. Caught like rabbits in the headlights of information.
Suggestions for roles and behaviours
Aggregators take repeated information and link it together, reducing the need to look at the same information presented in different ways over and over. The aggregation of information allows you to say, been there, read that, and not waste your time with repeated links of regurgitated content.
Interpreters convert information sources into layman’s language (and native tongues), so it can be read and understood by all. Interpreters remove the linguistic barriers to understanding. This interpretation also includes statistical data, which in a purely numerical format becomes meaningless to most people as they struggle to interpret it’s relevance.
Distillers extract relevant information from the data stream, they extract the “point” from the argument, the proof from the conjecture and the lesson from the story. The source isn’t lost, it is enhanced, the distiller extracts the articles relevance and presents this information to the reader simply. The reader can then take this knowledge away, or choose to read the article.
NB. Different distillers may extract different information from the same source for different readers in order to provide relevance for the reader.
Feed Hounds are your eyes and your ears for anything your interested in, they proactively share what they find with you anything that’s relevant to you (preferably in a pre distilled, pre aggregated format, and pre interpreted format).
Are groups of likeminded people (around a specific cause), who collaborate using the above behaviors in order to maximise their knowledge base. From this shared resource they can then put this information into action in their respective field or geographical location.