Monday, May 31, 2010

Do you have a mission critical job?

Could you accidental trigger a chain of events that could seriously affect (negatively) a large number of people?

If you can, then this post is for you.

We all make mistakes. The only things we can do to mitigate this certainty is to: 1)increase our knowledge on how to detect events that can lead to disastrous consequences, and 2) become an expert on quickly addressing situations set in motion by catastrophic chains of events.

If knowledge is the only solution to mitigate the risk of a catastrophe, do you think that the "knowledge records" of those people with mission critical jobs, should be of the public domain?

The knowledge economy is slowly changing society. What each person knows is increasingly becoming of the public domain, especially if a person has a mission critical job. The ability to assess each individual's "true knowledge" - what the person can prove to know -, in a way that respects the individual right to privacy, will be the next big social challenge.

Are you getting ready to document your "true knowledge"? Sarah Palin wasn't.

Do you want to take control of your "true knowledge", or do you want Google to do it for you?

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Why will "high unemployment" continue to be a reality?

Have you been wondering why news about "continued high unemployment" have been so prevalent on the news?

If you did, this post will interest you, and it will allow you to better plan your future.

Do you know what “technological unemployment” is?

The term was coined by John Maynard Keynes (1883 – 1946). He was a British economist  who advocated government intervention to mitigate the adverse effects of economic recessions (the methodology the US is using to get out of the current recession.)

Mr.Keynes alluded to the fact that in the pursuit of profit, corporations seek to reduce cost, by replacing human labor with machines. His point was that over time, the pace of innovation would not be sufficient to find new ways to use labor.

Today we know that is not the case. The knowledge economy has no shortage of innovation. Society experiences "technological unemployment" because new technology creates demand for skilled workers and reduces demand for unskilled workers. Those without skills face longer and longer periods of unemployment and over time are pushed to a lower-wage sector of the economy.

Bottom line: As long as the innovation increases, "technological unemployment" will continue to grow.

So what should you do? You need to do three things:
  1. continuously increase your knowledge (develop)
  2. document your knowledge growth (aggregate)
  3. allow others to find your knowledge (publish)
P.S - It was to help people develop, aggregate, certify and publish their knowledge, that we decided to found Olexe. Olexe is an open-learning exchange, where people and organizations can exchange knowledge, in a structured and certified manner. Olexe is a true knowledge platform, that minimizes the effect of technological unemployment.