I guess “distributed everything” describes weblogs well. It’s distributed being, finding, thinking, writing… Each time someone summarise an article in my “to blog” list I think that weblogging is distributed workload as well.
This time Jack Vinson summarises the paper of Dick Stenmark, Knowledge creation and the web: Factors indicating why some intranets succeed where others fail (pdf). I will take is one step further.
[Update April 2008: the post was in drafts; I publish it unfinished]
In the paper Dick provides an overview of factors enabling knowledge creation.
- no-preconceptions principle – don’t artificially limit the creativity of thge organization by defining who, what, how or when
- autonomy – let people operate autonomously, as encouraged by 3M and Google
- serendipity – enable both ‘accidental discovery’ and the ability to recognize fruitful collisions
- diverse stimuli – enable people to interact with people who are not just like them
- rich information provision – expose people to a variety of information, even beyond information pertinent to the topic at hand
- internal communication – support communication throughout the organization to enhance people’s interest in their colleagues’ problems
- motivation – incent people to create for the good of creation, rather than for external ‘rewards’
Archived version of this entry is available at http://blog.mathemagenic.com/2004/03/06.html#a1113; comments are here.