Getting information and the networks to gain that information have changed rapidly in the last decades. The latest technologies brought a lot of people very close together. Before the internet the search for information was more ‘Me’ related. You had to look up everything yourself in books and documents. If you had a problem you could only go to a small group of people to ask for an answer or discuss the problem and you had to go to them aswell. Thus the time it cost to get the information took a lot more time.
In the digital age this can be done by a few clicks and with a few more clicks you can reach a very large audience. These days the search for information is definitively more ‘We’ and ‘Network’ related. Google is a formidable search tool. Together with Wikipedia almost everything you want to know can be showed on your screen in mere seconds. If you still have questions you can go to forums. Immense groups of people (with expertise or without) all around the world are willing to answer your questions.
It is quite amazing what the new technologies brought us and still can bring us. I love the idea of crowdsourcing. There are a lot of smart people with good solutions for all kind of different problems but many of them can not be heard this has changed.
Our knowledge is getting more collective every decade, maybe every year. That means more ‘Network’ and less ‘Me’.