Managing Community Knowledge to Build a Better World

Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS), 2011

11 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2011 Last revised: 5 Jul 2015

See all articles by William P. Hall

William P. Hall

University of Melbourne - Melbourne School of Engineering; Kororoit Institute

Bill Kilpatrick

Monash University - Faculty of Engineering

Date Written: October 7, 2011

Abstract

Our planet faces many impending crises as a consequence of growing populations and rising affluence. Governmental bodies at any level seem unable to provide the leadership to mitigate these. It seems to be up to those in the community who are most directly affected to take the leadership. Yet, without access to knowledge and understanding, individuals and communities are powerless against administrative juggernauts that are all too often beholden to a few powerful individuals rather than the communities they are supposed to represent and support. However, the Internet and newly invented social and cloud computing technologies provide individuals with fingertip access to humanity’s knowledge base; tools for extracting, evaluating, and sharing knowledge that is relevant to local needs; as well as tools for socially coordinating that action to promote and guide action. This paper reviews some of these tools and discusses how they can be applied for good or ill.

Keywords: community action, cloud computing, socio-technical systems, governance, knowledge management

JEL Classification: E21, D70, D71, D73, D81, D83, O30

Suggested Citation

Hall, William P. and Kilpatrick, Bill, Managing Community Knowledge to Build a Better World (October 7, 2011). Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS), 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1940198

William P. Hall (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne - Melbourne School of Engineering ( email )

185 Pelham Street
Carlton, Victoria 3053
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www.orgs-evolution-knowledge.net

Kororoit Institute ( email )

127 Power Street
St Albans, Vic. 3021
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://kororoit.org

Bill Kilpatrick

Monash University - Faculty of Engineering ( email )

23 Innovation Walk
Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria 3800
Australia
0412520572 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://bill.kilpatrick@monash.edu

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