The Economist. Peter Drucker paints a picture of how we will transition to a knowledge society. Keep clicking on the next article links at the bottom — it is worth the read.
I can't help but think that this new knowledge society will be helped by K-Logs (Weblogs as Knowledge Management Tools). The best way to tap into the knowledge pool of a loosely associated knowledge technologist is a K-Log system. Using a K-Log, a knowledge worker can review digital data, analyze it, annotate it with the analysis, and then publish it to a corporate Intranet. By publishing this knowledge, it then becomes a part of the corporate knowledge pool (which is particularly important in a fluid workplace environment).
This is also important in decentralized organizations or firms with a large percentage of part-time knowledge workers (as evisioned by Drucker). A K-Log allows experienced workers to keep their ties to organizations intact after a departure to part-time status. It organizes the flow of the knowledge they contribute in a way that easily understood and usable by everyone in the organization. This is in contrast to limited reach and self-organizing attributes of e-mail, instant messaging, digitial documents, and face-to-face communication. [John Robb's Radio Weblog]