Cognitive relations, relations of knowledge production

I came across a germinal thought, the full appreciation of which is essential to understand the dynamics of the electronic and inner technologies of intellectual production. It comes from Pierre-Léonard Harvey, a professor of “communautique” at Université de Québec à Montréal:
“Les infrastructures et les technologies devraient être subordonnées aux relations cognitives (l’individu négociant avec l’environnement informationnel) et aux relations qui se développent… dans le processus de production des connaissances. Il nous faut concevoir l’individu comme un système vivant qui cherche à contrôler et à gérer l’information qui lui vient du monde extérieur.”
Excerpt from L’écologie cognitive, une écologie communicationnelle
A surprisingly good Google translation to English and my comment follows.


“The infrastructures and technologies should be subordinated to the cognitive relations (the individual negotiating with the informational environment), and the relations of knowledge production… . We should think of the individual as a living system which seeks to control and to manage the information which comes to him from the external world.”
Well, all this sounds very logical and natural, but the problem is that the legacy system of economic production inherited from the industrial era–that governs the logic of how resources are invested in enabling technologies–doesn’t seem to know about it. The main infrastructure cocnern of today’s enterprise is still how to best use technologies for managing data, information, and knowledge, not for augmenting human intelligence, individual and collective.
Who says “problem,” says “opportunity”. The opportunity that future-responsive companies will start addressing in the next few years, lies in re-orienting knowledge management R&D as to focus on the center of value creation: the “cognitive relations (the individual negotiating with the informational environment), and the relations of knowledge production” in and among corporate knowledge communities.
I’d like to be wrong about the “next few years” part and hear from a reader of this blog that it’s already happening somewhere.

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One Response to Cognitive relations, relations of knowledge production

  1. Why CI?

    Yesterday I said too little about George Por’s role and Collective Intelligence in my post “Collaborative Spaces – Transforming Innovation Capital. He’s influenced my thinking lately.  So when this post was picked up it was neat, bu…

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