Google as a religion – Collaboration in the workplace

September 12, 2009

Fantastic article in my local online (does that even make sense?) paper.  Google as a religion.  The basic premise is based around a website called the Church of Google.  Knowledge is power.

It got me thinking about knowledge sharing within your workspace.  What are some of the ways that we share our information with those around us?

  1. Tell them
  2. Write it down
  3. Show people
  4. Other things

But knowledge sharing is obviously two ways.  There is no reason in putting things down or no one else is going to pick it up.  And is there a reluctance these days to seek out information this old fashioned way?

When was the last time that you actually read a manual?  I mean the book kind that comes with something?  Our generation would probably ask someone, then google it before going to a manual.  So can a work place have a google like concept too?  Well I’m sure they can and I’m sure someone at google has thought of this and has already put a price tag on it.

I suppose the general point is that people want a one-stop source of information.  But this information depository, or golden source relies on two things.  One, it needs input.  Two, it needs users.  As a young professional, we can become heavily involved in both of these sides.


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