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Global Knowledge Market

Knowledge will set you free! "The internet creates the virtual office!" Broadband brings the world to your laptop and your laptop takes you to the world!" "Where do you want to go today?" Perhaps one of the worst offences against mankind has been the creation of the commuter? Forced in their millions at about the same time 220 days each year to crowd on to trains and roads in order to get to a central location purely so that they can work in groups before heading back along the same route and spending their treasure and stealing 30% of their day from what should be quality time with their families in the process.

Yet, strangely in view of the above, almost every concept of "knowledge city" seems to have at its heart the creating of a physical facility to which people are expected to relocate either, daily or permanently with their families, in order to attend the facility each day, every day. Certainly the working from home syndrome has found its limitations - largely people like to interact and, some people do cheat - but do those limitations preclude further development of the virtual office concept? Brilliant minds are already asking if the knowledge base that is vested in its workforce is the real value of a modern corporation - how do you value that corporation and how do you reserve that knowledge for the corporation and its shareholders? From there does it follow that tomorrows great businesses will be at heart a collection of lawyers and procurement experts who can write contracts and define processes that make the old fashioned corporation as out of date as is the conglomerate today?

Knowledge is about sharing, pooling effort to common good. That is not to say that knowledge is not about profit, rather that knowledge moves faster than money or any other commodity and therefore the knowledge market must itself have structures and processes that are faster that its predecessors. Speed means flexible and responsive which in turn means small and quick rather than large and, often ponderous. (For example, rightly or wrongly, the most powerful force the world has ever seen has moved in smaller well informed units faster than at any time in history against goals that have been more flexible and more easily adapted than ever before).

That said business can and usually does move faster than government or the Armed Forces, however good. Business needs good leaders, good ideas and good technology. Certainly the technology is here and the main requirement - bandwidth - is not only more readily available in more places, its cost is falling rapidly around the world. So what are needed then are the ideas and the leaders to make best use of the real possibilities of the "virtual world".

Of course, Technology Parks and the like have a very real place in the future but there will be, because there can be, very different facilities also - businesses which are collaborative ventures, associations of like minded people having different skill sets but the same goals and objectives working together beyond national and corporate boundaries to shared objectives. Will there be a "next generation" of world cities helping make this a reality. We think so and we we can show you at least one such example. Next Chandigarh and the Chandigarh Gateway.