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Over fifteen years ago, I crafted the knowmad concept while a PhD student at the University of Minnesota. A few years later, I wrote a blog post with a general definition :. Industrial society is giving way to knowledge and innovation work. Whereas industrialization required people to settle in one place to perform a very specific role or function, the jobs associated with knowledge and information workers have become much less specific in regard to task and place.
Moreover, Attitude - Knowmads - Knowmads allow for these new paradigm workers to work either at a specific place, virtually, or any blended combination. Knowmads can instantly reconfigure and recontextualize their work environments, End Credits - Debbie Wiseman - Tom & Viv - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (SBM) greater mobility is creating new opportunities.
And, of Attitude - Knowmads - Knowmads , we wrote our own book, Knowmad Society. The list goes on-and-on! With these developments in mind, it seems that it is time Under The Ram - Bulldozing Bastard - Under The Ram update my definition for a knowmad.
Here it is:. A knowmad is a nomadic knowledge worker who is creative, imaginative, innovative, and who can work with almost anybody, anytime, and anywhere. Knowmads are valued for their individual-level knowledge, and create new value by applying what they know, contextually, to solve problems or generate new opportunities. Knowmads can work within the core of organizations as team members or outside of them as freelancers or consultantsand they are able to switch from job-to-job as needs change.
An agile organization requires adaptive, diverse workers. In a world consumed with accelerating change, organizations need knowmadic workers who can navigate, flow with, and create change more than ever.
The performance of static jobs or roles are less likely to create new value or help an organization lead in any area. Diverse perspectives and experiences, coupled with deep subject matter expertise, enable Attitude - Knowmads - Knowmads to help drive these changes to adapt and lead in an era of uncertainty of what the future will bring.
Knowmads do not exist only within formal organizations, they are present in all walks of life. Knowmads differentiate their jobs from work. Jobs are positions, gigs, or other forms of employment.
Work is longer term in scope, and relates to the creation of meaningful outcomes. Knowmads continually strive to define and refine their work. This can be expressed through taking on various jobs, apprenticeships, entrepreneurial endeavors, social activities, etc.
Knowmad-powered organizations are built around knowledge, not information. Michael Polyani knowledge exists at the personal level, comprised of tacit and explicit elements. Explicit elements can be conveyed as information, i. Tacit elements are developed through experience, trying things Attitude - Knowmads - Knowmadsor experimentation — like learning how to ride a bicycle.
To remain competitive, knowmads must continuously learn, unlearn, and refine what they know. Because knowledge is personal, organizations cannot manage it. They can, however, attend to the expansion of the ecology of knowledge among their employees and members Allee, For managers, this requires creating a blend of chaos and order chaordia and placing trust in all actors of the organization to co-lead in its evolution see Attitude - Knowmads - Knowmads . Hock, The emergence of a knowmad society requires new mindsets that encourage greater leadership from all stakeholders — at personal, organizational, and policy levels.
This is more than an attitude that is supportive of knowmads, but requires a fundamental cultural transformation to embrace Various - Pure Lovers Volume 14 new approaches to the purposive use of individual knowledge together with strong social supports to help each of us maximize our potential without fear of failure.
For schoolsif knowmads Attitude - Knowmads - Knowmads to be different, we need to allow a diverse ecology of approaches to teaching and learning to develop. We need to break free from compulsory, standardized tests and create authentic opportunities for growth and new value creation see esp.
Manifesto For governmentsleaders and administrators must attend toward developing a diverse workforce. This requires placing more Attitude - Knowmads - Knowmads in educational institutions, investing for the future, and creating strong safety nets to help combat frictional unemployment that will likely boom with an expanding knowmadic workforce.
For individualsthis means that we must all assess our knowledge and skill sets. In a world that is changing at an accelerating pace, are we able to keep up, lead, and change the conversation? Allee, V. The future of knowledge: Increasing prosperity through value networks.
Amsterdam ; Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann. Cobo, C. Hock, D. Birth of the chaordic age 1st ed. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler.
ORG - The international community of knowmads in Spanish. Moravec, J. Minneapolis: Education Futures. Knowmad Society. Polyani, M. Chapter 2: Emergence. In The tacit dimension pp. New York: Doubleday. Thoughts on the future of Simon Fraser University's Burnaby campus and creating meaningful spaces in higher education.
Follow us on: Twitter Facebook. Education Futures. The Education Futures Blog. The world belongs to nerds, geeks, makers, dreamers, and knowmads. Here it is: A knowmad is a nomadic knowledge worker who is creative, imaginative, innovative, and who can work with almost anybody, anytime, and anywhere.
What this means The emergence of a knowmad society requires new mindsets that encourage greater leadership from all stakeholders — at personal, organizational, and policy levels. References and recommended resources Allee, V. Previous "We are all knowmads" Call for short videos deadline extended until August 17, Next Designing campus futures Thoughts on the future of Simon Fraser University's Burnaby campus and creating meaningful spaces in higher education.
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