Life and entire generations are being lost in information? We are missing the opportunity for wisdom and prosperity!

Life and entire generations are being lost in information? We are missing the opportunity for wisdom and prosperity!

Where is the life we have lost in information?

Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? - T. S. Eliot

 

What is Wisdom?

Technological Singularity is defined in 17 different ways. Everyone seems to have their own perception or definition of wisdom. We will offer a view of what wisdom is first. In an effort to reach the most people, we have a view that we should not come up with our own view of any term and should use commonly accepted meanings. For this, we believe that Wikipedia is the best reference. Wikipedia, more often than not, represents a collective view. Our use of Wikipedia means we maximise the probability of communicating what we are try to achieve with the most people.

Wisdom includes knowledge and action

Wikipedia defines Wisdom as:

Wisdom has, in the Western tradition, been listed as one of four cardinal virtues. As a virtue it is a habit or disposition to perform the action with the highest degree of adequacy under any given circumstance. This implies a possession or seeking of knowledge of the given circumstances. This involves an understanding of people, things, events and situations, and the willingness and the ability to apply perceptions, judgments and actions in keeping with an understanding of what is the right course of actions. It often requires control of one's emotional reactions (the "passions") so that universal principles, values, reason and knowledge prevail to determine one's actions. In short, wisdom is a disposition to find the truth coupled with an optimum judgement as to right actions. Synonyms include: prudence, sagacity, discernment, or insight.“

 

The key elements we have extracted from this are (1) understanding/knowledge/"what is true", and (2) optimum judgement as to action. The important distinction is that our definition of wisdom requires knowledge and action.

Information is everywhere, but no means to act on it

bluearrows_red_bullseye_400x400We are surrounded by information, but have no means to take action on it. Wikipedia falls within this paradigm. It is a collection of pages (each isolated and without context). It can be referred to, but articles can not be linked together to present knowledge on a specific topic. Wikipedia only with a narrow set of "things" in the internet of Everything. Wikipedia is comprehensive information, but neither knowledge or wisdom. Perhaps, one innovation would be to allow individuals to create their own Wikipedia books (a collection of pages) which would lift Wikipedia from information to something offering knowledge. Without context, it is not knowledge. Without action, Wikipedia is not wisdom.

Improving on existing attempts at wisdom! What existing attempts?

How would we propose to improve on these attempts to find wisdom? We would simply say that within our view of wisdom, there is no wisdom in the world. I can not think of a single structure that brings wisdom (knowledge and action) to a community. A hierarchy has wisdom within its boundaries, but that wisdom and knowledge stops at the organisational boundary (and for some it reaches a little further into a community of suppliers and customers. Most knowledge is isolated in individuals or hierarchies or channels.

A Wisdom Network puts all six elements of wisdom in the cloud

Simplistically, a Wisdom Network puts all 6 elements of wisdom in the cloud. It reveals collective knowledge, enables collective wisdom (knowledge and action) and empowers people. Wisdom is now possible because the community has crowd created collective data (ie internet), collective information (ie; internet), collective communities (ie social networks). We just need to crowd create collaboration, knowledge and wisdom (ie wisdom networks). There is an app for that (ie wisdom networks). Wisdom empowers people.

Has the there been action or wisdom in the last decade?

The 20th Century was a period of remarkable development. Hierarchies and centralisation served us well up to a point (probably the year 2000). At this point, productivity turned negative and a series of crisis unfolded. Are our governance structures taking "action" (in accordance with the spirit of wisdom)? The response to many global challenges (declining productivity, insolvency, retirement, financial leverage, asset bubbles and unsustainable debt) has not constituted wisdom. The 20th Century was prosperous. At the end of the Information Age, economies are exhausted and have been reduced to wealth transfers. We are following the path to stagnation and conflict and prosperity is likely to be elusive. Inadequate action follows "Information Age" philosophies and we desperately need wisdom. Wisdom can only be collective and involve the entire community. Hierarchies derive profit and influence from information and their is strong incentive to maintain the status quo. For a forthright discussion on this, I would recommend the Day of reckoning for Kickcanistan? article by Patrick Young.

Finding life in collective wisdom

To recover life, we need to collective action and collective wisdom. Otherwise, our lives will remain lost in information and stagnation. Given youth unemployment in some regions, we may lose an entire generation. We are missing our opportunity to restructure and return to prosperity by maintaining the redundant approaches of the Information Age.