This is a statement made by Rachael Borsman a noted author and researcher of social trends and developments using the internet.
“Generation Y” that greatly maligned body of people for all manner of negative characteristics, have grown up sharing files via the internet with people around the world freely and sometimes spontaneously. They have helped make Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and many other social applications the go-to applications for social media sharing.
This only tells part of the picture. Unlike earlier generations, Gen Y show little fear in sharing information and in the main it’s a collective resounding success. Since more than two thirds of employees say their jobs require more collaboration than they did three years ago, we can and should learn from them.
Earlier generations have shown to be more guarded when sharing. Taking a number of steps and considerable time to reach a point of trust with outside parties before any real sharing takes place.
The speed of technology puts the onus on existing organisations to grasp the capabilities of others or be left behind in someone else’s wake.
So what’s holding us back?
Is it fear that our systems, processes, thoughts, insights might be undermined or undervalued?
Is it an inability to be open and freely exchange information with new contacts?
Does “old thinking” pervade the organisation no matter what? What do you think?