Oh I See! Getting CIOs to view their jobs from a different angle

Oct 13 2009   9:00AM GMT

Power of collective wisdom

Arun Gupta Arun Gupta Profile: Arun Gupta

It’s with a sense of excitement, gratification (and to some extent butterflies in my stomach), that I write the first post for TechTarget India. “Oh I See” started many years back as a mirror of my musings and beliefs. After the initial euphoria when everyone said “wow”, the posts became intermittent. This is when I realized the huge commitment required to sustain a diary, especially if there others want to read the entries. All the more so, since Oh I See moments do not happen with a regular periodicity; they just happen.

I have collected these thoughts for a while now, storing them for the right time. And then came along another Oh I See moment, since many of the thoughts were not relevant anymore. So I started asking others to share their “lighting the bulb” (reminds me of the clipart from early presentation days) instances. This seems to be a better way to sustain the momentum.

Collective wisdom is the promise of collaboration and sharing using the Internet as a medium. Irrespective of the X.Y version that anyone attaches to the Web, the fact remains that all of us can do better than just a single individual acting in isolation (of course, conditions apply here as well).

Virtual social media offers many benefits. So much so, that it now takes significant effort just to keep in touch with everyone. A long time back, I found myself a bit short of being classified as a “connector” when I read Tipping Point (by Malcolm Gladwell). Today, most teenagers influence many hundreds using the Internet. So does it mean that the new generation is full of connectors?

This forum should see an update probably once a fortnight, since I for sure will not want to read anyone more often than that. So do stay tuned …

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