The rebirth of knowledge: part 5 – agility

In this, the fifth of my holiday articles whilst I’m away skiing in Finland, i talk about ‘agility‘. It’s a light hearted look at how our relationship with knowledge is evolving.

Our relationship with knowledge is changing. It used to be all about what you know, but now it’s more about your ability to find things out and to synthesise that knowledge i to meaningful action. Sure, we still need to know stuff, but we need to be better at adapting, more agile i our response to circumstances and change. Transformation is not something that happens now and then any more: we are in a constant and accelerating rate of change. Less epoch, more of a roller coaster.

Technology may be a driver for change, but it’s more than just having to learn new instruction manuals: mobile devices and tablets have changed not only how we learn and how we work, but also our fundamental mindset. Through primarily social, entertainment and communication channels our expectations have shifted: seamless, relevant and timely relationships with knowledge are now the norm. When I was studying postgrad, we used to fill in a form for Inter Library Loans, which would be posted off and, some weeks later, a photocopy of an article would arrive from America in the post. Today, i can barely wait 24 hours for a delivery from Amazon without angst.

Our agility needs to be around technology, using whatever is most appropriate whenever it’s needed, but also around what we do with information: how do we filter and refine what we discover? How agile are we at processing and communicating our findings? Can we learn to be more efficient nodes within the network, bright points of light where value is added, rather than just regurgitating in an endless stream of retweets?

What we know is less important than our ability to find things out and, crucially, to add value and take action as a result. It’s the age of agility in the realm of knowledge.

Advertisements

About julianstodd

A learning and development professional specialising in e-learning and learning technology.
This entry was posted in Agile, Change, Complexity, Cycle, Effectiveness, Knowledge, Learning, Mindset, Sharing, Technology and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

6 Responses to The rebirth of knowledge: part 5 – agility

  1. Pingback: The Social Contract | Julian Stodd's Learning Blog

  2. Pingback: The 9 components of Social Leadership | Julian Stodd's Learning Blog

  3. Pingback: Relics of greatness: agility and learning | Julian Stodd's Learning Blog

  4. Pingback: Mapping the Social Age: the ecosystem of change | Julian Stodd's Learning Blog

  5. Pingback: A Little Bit of Knowledge… | Julian Stodd's Learning Blog

  6. Pingback: To Simple, Through Complexity | Julian Stodd's Learning Blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s