The Art of Knowledge
From the Files of R.C. Holmes
Written in May 2001 the article entitled "BROOKINGS TASK FORCE REPORT: UNSEEN WEALTH" talks about the Knowledge Economy and it's inability to supply machines with humans equipped with the ability to run them.
- We face an economic eclipse of sobering magnitude. Intangible assets now outweigh capital assets. BTF elucidates, "We lack a reliable business model, management capability, defined measurements, or even a clear vocabulary for a New Economy."
"Establishing corporate vision is problematic. Communities of interest and communities of practice are culture impaired. This initial infrastructure reflects the transition from an information environment (hierarchical infrastructure) to a Knowledge Environment (horizontal processes)."
"The "US Senate's Report to The President: Crisis in Human Capital" (Fall 2000) amplifies concern over workforce requirements. (senatecrisis) As BTF intimates, our leadership needs help in addressing our KE conundrum Bill Gates warns of, "a coming war for talent."
Accenture estimates that, "In this decade over 60% of our workforce will be comprised of knowledge workers." Knowledge workers require skill sets that are almost antipodal to those produced by today's 18th century, Horace Mann, educational system. Mann's model was based upon the 17th century Prussian Army. Over fifteen thousand, separate, parochial, school boards will need constructive guidance to meet impending human capital requirements. "
"Copyright turbulence heralds future KE dynamics. Napster's Supreme Court incursion is a prelude to ever stronger KE migration. Global legions of children have learned to download and copy all forms of text and media for free. They use these peer-to-peer systems to share knowledge with their friends. These knowledge trends are the opening utterances of universal human interaction and knowledge development. They presage KE redefinition of business, education and culture"
This doesn't really say anything that no one today doesn't already know. Weak pockets of human capital leads to a weak infrastructure which then leads to failed initiative. Without an educated population that can interact with and evolve with technology you have pockets of "have's" and "have nots". The main skill that may be coveted in the near future is the ability to retrieve information and quickly turn that into knowledge via flawless implementation to initiatives. What would be the main skill coveted now? Well, for most companies it's a piece of paper form an accredited college with a little seal on it. In the more modern companies it's a piece of paper from a tech chop shop with a seal and an acronym on it. In the near future it will be the procurement of skills via Gov't standards. Within the proletariat faction it will be the ability to retrieve, react, and implement under an assessment program that is always watching and always keeping tabs.
You can find the entire article here.
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