Wisdom Networks: Towards a Wisdom-Based Society
In a world inundated by information, knowledge, and entertainment, there is a dire need for wisdom. We propose a vision for wisdom networks – communities that aim to actualize and inculcate wisdom in specific domains – towards creating a wisdom-based society. Wisdom networks are enabled and empowered by information technologies. We draw upon multiple theoretical perspectives to view wisdom as a holistic quality that transcends and includes elements of information, knowledge, understanding, values, and many other dimensions. Wisdom networks are involved in the creation and dissemination of wisdom-based learning, wisdom-based counseling, participation in community initiatives, and building linkages with other wisdom networks. The hallmark of a wisdom network is an honest and deep inquiry into key issues in a domain, keeping the common universal good in mind. We propose key characteristics of wisdom networks and provide examples. We recognize that this vision is evolving and we explore research issues that arise in the design and implementation of wisdom networks. We underscore the need for wisdom computing research. Supporting wisdom is a critical challenge for social and humanistic computing and knowledge management.
KeywordsWisdom Networks Wisdom Knowledge Society Information Systems Information and Communication Technologies
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