Sharing Your Wisdom Globally
Wikipedia, a free, edit-able, collaboratively written and multilingual online encyclopedia, has been getting a lot of attention from the media lately. And most would concur that the attention is well-deserved. I guess what is most fascinating about the Wikipedia project is that actual everyday people, like you or me, can contribute and edit the current 1.8 million articles in more than 100 languages that are featured on the open Web site.
Now many people would argue that the average “Joe” should not have the right to act as an author, expert or editor, but in my opinion, there has to be something said for the vast amount of knowledgeable, culturally diverse information featured at www.wikipedia.org. Essentially the organization is trying to unite and provide a forum for people worldwide to volunteer their knowledge to ultimately distribute the free encyclopedia to everyone on Earth in their own language.
Although that seems like almost an almost unattainable goal, many governments worldwide have already taken upon themselves to provide access to the Internet via WiFi. Wikipedia, WiFi and increased efforts to bring technologies to even the most economically depressed countries is critical because our marketplace will continue to globalize at extensive rates. One can only hope that more organizations, like Wikipedia, will take on the challenge of unionizing—cultures, languages, news and knowledge—because just being a knowledgeable, skilled and somewhat cultured individual will soon not be enough. Expansive global knowledge, insight and relationships will be the key to everyone’s future.