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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Having interesting conversations

Business is a conversation because the defining work of business is conversation - literally.

And 'knowledge workers' are simply those people whose job consists of having interesting conversations.

-- David Weinberger

If you like the above quotation, you may like to read his book "Everything is miscellaneous: the power of the new digital disorder."

Some topics in this book I enjoyed are:

* the differences between how we organize and think about physical and digital information (very much a librarian's approach)

* the power of the Internet to let us consume information in unique and customized ways (the free text indexing that public enjoyed)

* the implications of the above for retailing, politics and education (tagging and not classification by call number or control vocabulary etc.)

If you do not have time to read his book, you may like to listen to his interview at:


Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder, by David Weinberger. Times Books, 2007.

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