"Visions of World Benefit & Global Responsibility: Perspectives of McGill Students

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Network Era

In the 21st century, everything is linked. We talk about technology as electrical, computer and telecommunications networks. We refer to the media as the radio and the television network. But what defines the network era is the human networks around which our society function. A network is a group of which all the elements are connected together. Networks have always been around, but what interest the 21st century leaders are the new social networks which constitute an incredible resource for organizations.
A social network can be as informal as a group of college friends who keep contact regularly, or as formal as a group formed of the presidents of the leading companies of the mining industry, for example. The quantity of knowledge which is shared within those networks is what makes them so significant and indispensable to today’s leaders. If individuals all join numerous networks, I believe that, in the future, this will generate a unique global network uniting all human beings worldwide, regardless of their fields, status and beliefs.
There are endless online communities which individuals can join. These constitute networks without borders, uniting people solely on the basis of shared interest. The web intensifies the network experience since users have different background, which enriches the exchange. It is no longer every person for oneself. All members of the network work together, sharing all knowledge and experiences, in order to benefit from the exchange. It has been realized that from open discussion a greater result can be achieved, fields can be deepened, industries transformed. It is therefore important to be part of as many networks as possible, in accordance with ones interests, in order to maximize global benefits: from problem solving of routine activities to solving social and environmental problems.

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