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The Future of the Future

Crowdsourcing is taking on an increasingly important role in society, approaching something we might instead refer to as crowdleading... Posted February 01, 2011

In our previous article, we discussed how KM and cloud computing were converging to form the knowledge cloud. As we were writing that piece, the Washington, D.C. area was recovering from "Snowpocalypse," the blizzard that managed to shut down the offices of many U.S. government agencies for four days, at a cost of around a half-billion dollars... Posted May 28, 2010

Part of the future we are creating involves finding ways to effectively move knowledge not only from person to person and from mentor to "peeps," but from knowledge cloud to knowledge cloud... Posted April 01, 2010

Corporate librarians used to devote years acquiring and cataloging physical document collections. All those serials and monographs, outdated by the time they arrived from the printers, are simply not that competitive anymore. Knowledge is not static. It must be continually refreshed through venues such as open discussion and brainstorming. That calls for a new kind of library. .. Posted February 02, 2009

We've got to create an infrastructure that allows the rapid flow of specialized knowledge in a way that new ideas can be moved into the marketplace, quickly and easily... Posted November 03, 2008

I've always liked to keep one foot in the academic world and one in the "real" world. Universities are good at developing theory, which provides foundational principles on which we can base our business decisions, actions and observations. In previous articles, we've presented a simple theoretical framework, which has proven to be successful across a wide range of organizations. It consists of the four pillars of leadership, organization, learning and technology. Let's take a look at how each of these pillars has been playing out, and how you can benefit from what we've learned so far. Posted July 11, 2008

Human civilization began in Africa. My tribe got out early, more than 50,000 years ago. I guess that explains why I'm always among the first to leave a party. According to genetic ancestry researcher Spencer Wells, my haplogroup, M168, crossed the Arabian Peninsula and proceeded to populate the other five continents. A haplogroup is a large clan of people who share a common ancestor, as indicated by a unique genetic marker. Posted May 01, 2008

We've spent a good deal of space in this column looking at how business needs to transform itself to compete in the global knowledge economy. This month, let's take a look at how the same trends are forcing major changes in government. Posted April 01, 2008

Competing in a billion-mind economy means totally rethinking how you live, work and learn. That applies to you as an individual as well as to the organizations to which you belong. In the enterprise of the future, living, working and learning environments are converging in an unprecedented way. Posted December 28, 2007

A key ingredient in fast learning is capturing and sharing lessons-learned. That means continually assessing what's working, what's not working and finding ways to improve. Posted August 31, 2007

...making the transformation from a knowledge-hoarding organization to a knowledge-sharing enterprise... Posted April 30, 2007

Three storms are brewing in today's business environment: globalization, the shift to solutions and traditional/obsolete organizational structures. Posted August 23, 2006

Editor's note: This is the first in a regular column addressing The Enterprise of the Future (EOF), a research and services initiative within The George Washington University Institute for Knowledge and Innovation (, which is seeking to help organizations learn and innovate at the speed of change. E-mail Posted April 26, 2006

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