Knowledge fuels innovation and we live in an age where it has never been easier to access the knowledge we need quickly. However, the benefit gained from the internet providing such a rich source of knowledge is a double edged sword; there is an information overload, vast quantities of knowledge scattered across the internet, buried and diluted by the sheer amount available. It has simultaneously become easier yet more difficult to find relevant knowledge when we want to access it. Additionally, we also now have access to far more specialized knowledge than in the past, we can read scientific studies or in-depth legal cases, but finding this information is only possible if you know specifically what you are looking for. And while seeking the needle of knowledge we need in the vast online haystack we are presented with thousands of options, conflicting information, lesser relevant knowledge, rabbit holes to go down at every click of the mouse. It can be exhausting and that is only the knowledge available to us, when we then consider all the knowledge we do not have access to because perhaps we do not understand the language it is presented in or do not realize it exists in the first place to find it.
WHAT ARE WE DOING
There are very few generalists today, even on wikipedia you must know what you are searching for in order to access the information. At E Pluribus University our knowledge institute is more than just a repository of knowledge or a library, it is the meta level of knowledge. We exist to take action on the problems faced by humanity and in order to problem solve effectively we must first base our solution on a foundation of sound knowledge, otherwise it will fall down. But, how do we get the the ‘good stuff’ quicker, access the knowledge we need in the most direct and effective manner possible? We are taking a step back to look at the process to create a kind of mind map overlay for accessing knowledge, like wiki’s to help elucidate the connections between ideas. Then bring people from different disciplines together to input to the problem solving process, rather than everyone learning everything we draw from the best source through interactions. Once we have done this we can develop lessons and tools to be made available to others.
How time fly’s when you are busy trying to make an impact in your community. Already we are well into the New year and here at E Pluribus University we intend for it to be