Such widely discussed subject, but here’s my angle on it.
Most people realizes that IT is not enough for knowledge
creation. The story I use when talking about their relationship
is that IT is extension of electricity.
Just by having electricity at your home means??nothing, unless
you have tools that will convert the electricity into energy
source for appliances such as refregirator, television, personal
computer. Even those by themselves mean nothing if there were
no milk to refregirate, Discovery channel to watch, computer to
be hooked up with blog. Massive data collected via IT by
themselves means nothing if they are not sorted in appropirate
way for them to become information. And information such as my
thoughts and experiences on internet must be shared and discussed
before they become knowledge. And they are “slow” kind of
knowledge at best. “Dynamic” kind of knowledge comes when I get
together with interesting people, that is, sharing our thoughts
on creating cool and productive places to work, and this
discussion taking place in physical “ba”, like Cacita in Roppongi.
In physical “ba”, our senses are fully utilized, that is to say
picking up visual cues like a smile on a face, along with smell
of lemongrass in the air, taste of creme brulee, touch of people
gathered together. When we are together, something happens,
like all of sudden, we come up with an idea of regularly visiting
workplace created by each other, so that we could learn from each
other to do better jobs.
“Slow” knowledge is important, and it is enjoyable, like I am
enjoying participating in blog network. But “Dynamic” kind of
knowledge is important, so neccessary for us all.
Am I going to translate all this into Japanese??? Although I
want to share this thought with my friends, that’s daunting…