Friday, August 05, 2005

Networking Knowledge in a Flat World

Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat has given me a whole new appreciation for the meaning of global networking and the power of connectivity. The read is rich, provocative, and a sometimes alarming awakening to the view of an emerging global community that I had somehow missed.

It is my new awareness of the flat world that draws my attention to the “dropping knowledge” initiative: an effort just getting underway that will gather 112 world visionaries together in June 2006 to address questions that have been submitted by participants from around the globe, to ask more questions of one another, challenge conventional thinking, and collaboratively formulate answers.

Your contribution is being solicited. What question would you ask of the collected wisdom of the world? Ask it here. What voice would you choose to include among the 112? Offer your suggestion here.

(Via World Changing) from the “dropping knowledge” website:

dropping knowledge means“dropping the assumption that we know all the answers.” It means questioning conventional wisdom. It means figuring out which questions are the most important to ask and sharing answers.

dropping knowledge begins at a large round table as human rights activists, artists, scientists, educators, filmmakers, musicians, philosophers, and writers coming together from around the world to connect people into a single network of those seeking to exchange ideas and solutions to the most pressing issues of our world today.

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1 comment:

Winston said...

Intriguing! Now if I can conjure up a question worthy of asking...