Being open or not, that is the question

Harold reminds us that sharing knowledge is not part of everyone’s culture:

One interesting observation I made this week is that not everyone is as open to sharing their thoughts and opinions in a public way as my fellow bloggers are. Coming from a community of practice that shares ideas and uses sharing mechanisms like Creative Commons, public Furl and Bloglines archives, you sometimes take for granted that everyone has this outlook. I came across some strong opinions that knowledge is power and it must be kept to oneself or a small circle of people.

I keep being surprised at how such a large fraction of people around me want to hoard knowledge as if it was food. It is wrong on many levels. Your knowledge is more valuable when you share it. We are not competing for knowledge because knowledge is not scarce. In a global economy, if you don’t share your knowledge, someone else will, you will simply be put out of the loop. You have to think yourself as an information node. Information nodes where data comes in but not out are broken and of little value.

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Daniel Lemire

A computer science professor at the University of Quebec (TELUQ).

3 thoughts on “Being open or not, that is the question”

  1. Well said Daniel. What make profesionals (when I say profesionnal, I am talking about someone that work and learn about his domains for decades) worth his pay is not his “secret” knowledge of the domain, no, it’s the commun knowledge he have of it, and the intepretation he do of it.



  2. My advisor used to say that the only reason not to share an idea was that you were afraid that you were never going to have another one.

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