Crossing the valley

Kevin Kelly comments on how organizations can weather “suboptimal” periods by sharing knowledge and resources:

A motley caravan of firms can cross a suboptimal stretch with hope. Banding together buys their networks several things. First, it allows knowledge about the terrain to be shared. Some firm riding point might discover a small hill of opportunity. Settling there allows small oases of opportunity to be created. If enough intermediate oases can be found or made, the long journey can become a series of shorter hops along an archipelago of small successes.

Libraries, universities, publishers, governments: take note.

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