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WissensWert Blog Carnival Nr. 6 - Share your Know-How

July 10th, 2009 Martin Raske

It's an interesting question: Do I share my knowledge on the web? Don't I fear that my ideas will be copied by others and treated as theirs? 

For me as a former teacher and as a person who is still very much driven by the idea of helping people to develop and learn and get better at things it should be the most normal behaviour to share my knowledge. And I guess I do. I have learned in my life so far that also in terms of knowledge sharing you can rely on Pareto: In 80% of the cases your 'generosity' will be valued and people who re-use it will be fair and tell others that it was originaly your idea. In 20% of the cases people act unfairly and don't cite you. Honestly: I can live with that.

Look at the life outside of the web. Isn't it the same in real life situations? It happened just this week: I was discussing an idea of how to make an HR process training more engaging and I came up with the idea of using a two-fold approach: Use an existing Web Based Training - which is a bit dull and dry - as the medium to transport the process and the tools involved. We don't have to pretend that this is fun. But then use a second layer to grab the attention of the audience - targeted to their hearts and souls, grabbing their emotions. And doing so by using a fancy movie that tells the story of a person using this HR process in a virtuoso manner.

A day later I was invited to yet another meeting with different people but with the same topic: They told me very clearly that they didn't like the way the training was designed until now and that they absolutely wanted to change it into a two-fold approach with a WBT as a basis and an engaging video for the emotions. - Clearly what happened: My ideas were transported to this group by my discussion partner from the day before without telling them where the idea came from. Do I care? Not at all: It looks like I had a good idea that will make its way and that will turned into reality. I can be proud of it - even if nobody remembers who first came up with the idea.

In this light: Yes, I try to share as much as possible and I am glad if some of my ideas are realized. In 80% of the cases the world knows that I was the driver behind - in 20% of the cases I know it myself and that's just as good.

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