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Reading Virtual Communities by Howard Rheingold

Slow, but steady. Isn’t that how the tortoise won the race? I made a note to myself to read Howard Rheingold’s Virtual Communities years ago, and now I am actually doing so! The real motivator for reading it is an upcoming keynote by Rheingold at the STC conference in Philadelphia, June 1-4. I’d like to attend the keynote having read the speaker’s book. The book is slightly historical, but I find the mix of history, internet, geeky stuff, and human behavior utterly fascinating. I thoroughly enjoyed the Victorian Internet, I have Where Wizards Stay Up Late in my to-read pile, so reading Virtual Communities is a no-brainer. Oh, and I borrowed his Tools for Thought from the library in MIT’s reprint from 2000. The online version of Tools for Thought looks like it might be from 1985. Despite its age, the online version from 1985 can still be an interesting…

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The challenges of sharing knowledge

How can we move from “info dump” to knowledge sharing? Diving into my 1000+ unread feeds on Google Reader, I found Nancy White asking this question about knowledge sharing. I had to blog about this, rather than just make a comment. I am in the middle of reading a document that touches on this same idea of knowledge sharing. A few thoughts are surfacing from my reading, and I feel they are related to Nancy’s entry. My preliminary thought is that people need to be trained – and encouraged – to share their thoughts. For some reason, it does not seem to come naturally to us. Excuse the crude term, but we do mostly regurgitate knowledge to show that we, too, have understood such-and-such. This echoes the quote in the blog post. Once knowledge is captured in some form of documentation, there seems to be a reluctance to change it.…

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