The Power of Sharing
Universal access to information is crucial to progress.
It’s fashionable to state that technology is taking over. That social media is a thorn in the side of society. It’s true, partially. Technology is changing our lives – instantaneousness is omnipresent now – but it’s changing our behaviour in a positive way, too. We live in an age of sharing and it’s time to be optimistic.
The biggest cultural and behavioural instigators, notably those born in Silicon Valley, want us to share. Jacque Fresco’s utopian idea of common heritage seems to be subliminally weaving its way into the fibres of human networks. People are sharing pictures, opinions, rooms, lifts, bikes – the list goes on. Besides the obvious environmental benefits that these (latter) tools bring, we do still lack the facility for sharing the tools that are capable of driving human progress.
A world where everyone has access to the best know-how is in reach.
A platform for sharing ready-to-use know-how, accessible to all, eludes us. Evolution has always been driven by communication. It continues by learning from one another, and that is something we do not do frequently enough. Fortunately, think tanks, startup studios, and discussion forums are all the rage today. But these are not accessible to the majority. A world where everyone has access to the best know-how is in reach. Where the sharing of information is ordinary. We have the infrastructure. We have the means to accelerate progress. Now we need the will.
Communication paves the way.
By sharing what was formerly inaccessible, the frontiers of knowledge can be extended.
From 40,000 year-old paintings on caves, to hieroglyphs on papyrus, human beings have long been aware of the importance of recording information. The preservation of information is crucial to furthering comprehension. The exchange of information is crucial to progression. By sharing what was formerly inaccessible, the frontiers of knowledge can be extended.
What has been learned by one, can be applied and reapplied by another. Less time spent re-creating the tools already in existence, and more time devoted to those not yet even conceptualised. The need to reinvent the wheel is rendered obsolete. And, paradoxically, this paves the way for growth. As the community is empowered, and know-how is democratised, the productivity of work and the quality of decision-making will rise.
Know-how is a common good.
What if we did not have to repeat, revisit, revise. What if we could instead emulate, explore, evolve.
Imagine not having to re-create what is known to already be in existence. That which cannot be improved functionally. What if, instead, we all had access to the most efficient methodologies & tools from reputable experts in their fields. What if we did not have to repeat, revisit, revise. What if we could instead emulate, explore, evolve.
Our ancestors were making tools from stone and wood. Fast forward 2.5million years and they are now created and shared on Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint slides, PDFs, blogs and increasingly via Video. How did this progression happen? Communication. Feedback. Reciprocity. And it is these principles that Eloquens.com has at its core. The site plays host to the exchange of ready-to-use know-how, accessible to everyone in a wide range of sectors.
The Eloquens Effect
“Democratising know-how brings empowerment to the people” Timothée Demoures (Managing Director @Eloquens.com)
Antoine Duboscq, the founder of Eloquens.com, is hoping to replicate in the 21st century the revolutionary leap that was enabled by Johannes Gutenberg in the 15th century. The ability of the human race to disseminate information at an efficient rate is critical to our progress. “Democratising know-how brings empowerment to the people”, says Timothée Demoures, the Managing Director. And when the people are empowered, boundaries are brought down, frontiers are extended, and evolution is accelerated. Know-how, as a common good, fuels this advancement.
“information, when kept private, is inefficient” Antoine Duboscq (CEO)
The Eloquens community is what drives this progression. Users are encouraged to offer feedback, and Authors often respond by way of improved and new versions of tools. Thus, more information is released to the world. Mr Duboscq states that “information, when kept private, is inefficient”. Eloquens intends on furthering this nature of reciprocity to the extent that the feedback cycle develops into perpetual motion. Reciprocity is intrinsic to the site’s mission (incarnated by our mascot “Eloqoon“).
That mission: to make know-how a common good.