Part of the mindset needed for innovative and informed decisions in C21 involves engaged awareness in both converging ‘fields’ that have traditionally been kept very separate (true of scientific and other “academic” disciplines; the broader silos of policy/arts/business/S&T/US/global/journalism and so on) and the standard ‘functional’ divisions within the organization (corporate or other).
Across all three of these sets of silos Twitter offers integrative knowledge streams. Each morning I am in a top-level briefing on, say, Syria (locals tweeting as well as ‘experts’ as well as mainline journos curating what they see as the best material), privacy (politicians and advocacy groups and industry gurus on all sides), investment (grasping the unfolding debacles at Facebook and Groupon), latest thinking on innovation – to give 4 examples of great current interest to me.
An hour on Twitter leaves me much better informed than a day spent working my way through standard online outlets would.
Via Maddie Grant