Monday, October 24, 2005

We all have a voice in the world

Smith and Carlos Statue

With the emergence of enabling technologies, like blogging and podcasting. Everybody has access to powerful global communications tools to post ideas to the Internet. This seed change has marked the end of business as usual. Using search engines like Google and even more, Technorati these Internet posts can be found, linked to and remixed in ways unimaginable just a short time ago. It does not require the blessing of institutions to make these posts accessible.

The result is a good thing. This is a conversation where ideas are free and easy to give, get and rehash. Everybody must be able to join the conversation. It is everybody's loss to expect employees to check our brains at the door as we walk onto our jobs. Business, as the Cluetrain Manifesto says, is a conversation and businesses are no longer walled cities holding those conversations inside. Workers are empowered and have plenty to say. It is to everybody's benefit to let them have a voice.

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