1- The World Is Not Small for Everyone: Inequity in Searching for Knowledge
From a recent article in Management Science1 it appears that whereas:
- The "small-world" argument in social network theory emphasizes that people are, on average, only a few connections away from the information they seek.
there seems to be empirical support for the argument that:
- such a network structure does not benefit everyone: some employees may have longer search paths in locating knowledge in an organization—their world may be large.
It is important for achieving development outcomes that the drivers for societal inequity are neutralised (ref: two mechanisms - periphery status and homophily - jointly operate to aggravate the inefficiency of search for knowledge).
At atria.us (improving communications) an approach is explained for facilitating heterophilous search behaviours that cross social boundaries.
Systematized content commons have this purpose: contribute to make the world of knowledge smaller for all members of society.
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