Alan Moore, Founder of SMLXL, kicked off his Reboot session on networked society with the idea that traditional ways of doing things – structuring our organisations into carefully contructed silos – no longer supports our current way of life. And perhaps more crucially, is creating barriers for the future generation of employees and innovators.
Traditional organisations, which take a linear approach to information sharing, will struggle to recruit the fresh, young talent needed to reinvigorate their business. Moore argues that young people coming into traditional organisations – technically savvy people for whom social networking is second nature – are confronted by alien worlds constructed by silos.
Paul Miller, CEO of School of Everything, honed in on a similar issue in a seminar following Moore’s, arguing that our institutions haven’t caught up with our technologies and the massively connected, collaborative world we now live in.
But how do you play catch up when the networked landscape is changing at lightning speed? Miller reckons we need more ‘schools of everything’, where people are encouraged to gain a much broader range of skills and experience, and to become part of the education system rather than simply be an output of it.
Moore fights in the corner of having an ‘open society’ – a society that doesn’t just satisfy, but inspires every single one of us to want to be engaged.