Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Pay it forward

I found this nice piece on why folks should share knowledge via Jack. In short, knowledge sharing is a way of paying back the people who shared their knowledge with you by sharing your knowledge with others.

So the question of knowledge sharing shouldn't be approached solely in market terms (what's in it for me), because it is a market externality. People do it because it makes them feel good. And if people are helped to understand that a good chunk of what they know is due to the efforts of others, then maybe they will be more willing to think in these terms.

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