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Title: BabsonKnowledge.org: Knowledge Work, Management & Productivity with Tom Davenport & Larry Prusak

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... on the subject of knowledge populism of which evidence is all around us Like political populism which flourished in the US mid west at the turn of the 20th century the knowledge populism we see is surely a tricky subject containing elements both malignant and glorious It is a natural outgrowth of the world wide democratization of knowledge and information that is roiling our world in so many ways In doing some reading for this subject for a dual talk Tom Davenport and I are doing later in the month I found some books for you all worth commenting on The first is Infotopia by Cass Sunstein who is a law school professor in Chicago and is also what I d call a public intellectual i e someone willing to talk on subjects outside the technical details of their field someone actually worth listening to This book is quite good it s short interesting and with a real knowledge perspective Its main theme is the need for deliberation space and time to deliberate Sunstein is particularly interested in how many users using the web have the potential to create valuable new knowledge Another interesting tome is by Yochai Benkler yet another law school guy this one at Yale what s with these guys This book is called The Wealth of Networks and is sub titled How Social Production transforms markets and freedom I m not at all sure about the power of his argument concerning freedom but his arguments about social production are cogent and interesting if a bit dry and based on neo classic economics which is tidy but not real The book like Sunstein s is well written and is also really about knowledge We are winning the race fellow knowledge practitioners To butress this last point take a look at a World Bank report released just a few months back called Where is the wealth of Nations Measuring Capital for the 21st Century While the bank researchers still conflate knowledge with human capital at least they now acknowledge it as a powerful source of intangible wealth We have come quite a ways in this regard Take a look at any economic reckoning of wealth just a few decades ago and there was no mention of any intangibles whatsoever Now if we can only get accountants and finance people to see the light They will if they have Baruch Lev as a professor but he can t teach everybody Posted by Larry Prusak at 10 28 PM Permalink TrackBacks 0 June 06 2006 Attention Bloggers I haven t written a blog entry in a while but apparently a lot of people have I heard in a presentation today that there are as of May 30th 2006 28 592 813 blogs and 43 109 new blogs in the last 24 hours Hmmmm One could argue that this is too many As I pointed out in my first entry for the Babson Knowledge blog the key issue is the imbalance...

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