A revolution in the sharing of knowledge…

Transforming e-Knowledge  
TABLE OF CONTENTS     Vignettes from the e-Knowledge Future
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Tales from the Not-So-Distant Future


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Vignettes from the e-Knowledge Future

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The emergence of e-knowledge will profoundly affect everyone. e-Knowledge users will develop new roles and functions. Existing knowledge management and learning processes will be reinvented. New practices will be developed and refined. Most persons in knowledge-rich enterprises will discover significant roles as both providers and consumers of e-knowledge. They will continue these roles throughout their careers.

People understand the future best through stories, anecdotes and tales. This is especially true when the future is a “jump shift” from the past. The following stories illustrate how the e-Knowledge Industry will affect the daily lives of learners, employees, customers, clients, and knowledge providers in the not-so-distant future. These individuals are all hypothetical, but their organizations and conditions are based on today’s reality, extrapolated several years into the future.

Storytelling, when linked directly
to a company’s strategic and cultural context, is a powerful means of simultaneously building strategic competence and strengthening organizational character.

Douglas Ready, 2002


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Michelle Bodine, USA
Perpetual Learner,
Wisconsin Department of Welfare
  Reinvention of undergraduate and graduate learning provides a transition to a life of perpetual learning.
Graeme Jackson, Australia
Faculty, University of Southern Queensland
  A globally distributed learning enterprise for which content/knowledge management is a strategic advantage.
Masazumi Sato, Japan
Manager, Nippon Roche Pharmaceuticals
  Tacit knowledge is a key enterprise asset, understood, shared, and leveraged.
Conrad Elliott, USA
Member, Computer Society
of the IEEE
  This professional society’s body of knowledge transforms perpetual learning, professional meetings, and work.
Susan Dixon, USA
Enterprise Solutions Officer, Virginia Tech
  Enterprise application solutions create new value from technology investments.
Ynez Delgado, USA
Chief Knowledge Officer,
American Society for Training
and Development (ASTD)
  e-Knowledge and artificial intelligence establish “ambient e-intelligence” capabilities that members use to transform their enterprises.
Han Chou, China
Manager, Blended Learning Centers
  “Bricks and clicks” combination of physical and virtual resources are key for Third World learning.
Jurgen Schmidt, Germany
Mobile Learner
  Mobile work and learning changes the patterns and cadences of personal and professional practice.
Christine Haddad, United Kingdom
Chief Relationship Officer,
Knowledge Content Exchange
  Knowledge marketplaces create new relationships for knowledge sharing.


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