I've been involved in knowledge management and collaboration in one form or another for most of my working life. The old saying "Knowledge is power" holds less and less resonance for me in the fast-paced working life where new technologies and practices are shifting the balance of power. Myself and a colleague, Shiyghan Navti, discussed this over coffee with Luis Suarez at Lotusphere 2008 in Orlando. We concluded that knowledge SHARED is power now.
Why? Well, in organisations where individuals are collaborating and sharing across traditional hierarchical lines, content that is sitting in individual silos is becoming increasingly being bypassed. After all, if people don't know what kernels of knowledge are contained in your sum of experience - and someone else is sharing openly, they'll go for what's available.
(Luis has an excellent presentation on Slideshare I'd recommend here which talks about knowledge, collaboration, communities, networks, and how this fits with the capabilities social software bring us, and the organisations we work within.)
My first public blog was hand-built effort in 2001. Since then I've whole heartedly adopted our internal IBM platform, Connections. This blog is an attempt to break out of our firewall, and share externally.
I'm off to a Connections special interest group, Connectr, next week so hope to blog more then. Strangely, one of the conference organisers, Neil Burston, apparently studied at the same school in Spain as Luis Suarez. Which is odd as Neil is as English as I am - and Luis lives in the Canary Islands and is based out of IBM Netherlands! Apparently we live in an interconnected world.
Knowledge Shared IS Power