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Day 5 — New Jobs in the Knowledge Economy

Earlier today, one of my favorite bloggers, Julian Lehr, published an article entitled "Chief Notion Officer".

The piece explores the idea of "corporate knowledge management systems." Given the 9 months I spent my freshman year working on (and failing miserably to develop) a solution to this problem, it certainly caught my eye.

Here's a fun idea he mentions:

A friend at Stripe recently suggested – half-jokingly – that we should hire a librarian to organize all our internal data and documentation. The more I think about it, the more I like the idea.

I like the idea, too. In a world where information is a dime a dozen, the value is no longer in having it at your fingertips. Everyone does.

The value is in being able to recall it, distribute it throughout an organization, and execute on it as necessary.

That's difficult, even for small teams. For large ones, it's a nightmare.

A few weeks ago, I wrote a brief introduction to the idea of artificial scarcity. I believe one of the biggest drivers toward post-capitalist futures will be the widespread realization that innovation and general welfare will grow exponentially with the free-flow of information — that is, when knowledge is not made artificially scarce.

As that happens, new jobs will emerge. The institutional or community "librarian" will be responsible for making sure that the right ideas reach the right people at the right time.

I think that's what I want to be when I grow up.