BCN2011:It is time to co-create an innovation ecosystem for good journalism

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Good journalism lacks a business model that would make it sustainable in the world with overabundant free information.

But an even more interesting challenge is that 'good journalism' of yesterday can no longer be relied on today:

  • it may inhibit instead of enabling shared insights - of the kind that would empower us to act [1];
  • it may fail to blow the whistle when this needs to be done – because it is ruled by commercial and political interests [2],
  • it may persist in its traditional whistle blower role even when a completely different action may be needed [3].


Notes

  1. Simply giving voice to both sides of an issue worked well while typical issues were simple and answers obvious. But this is obviously no longer the case. At a recent Knowledge Federation workshop we introduced this problem by a teaser big picture view knowledge work has a flat tire.
  2. The following two documentary videos may illustrate this point:
  3. In the '26 award-winning documentary' The Corporation, Joel Bakan shows that some of the large contemporary issues are results of the dynamics of the corporation as world's most powerful institution and therefore systemic in nature. Trying to identify and punish wrongdors may easily be as futile as trying to empty a river bed with a bucket – the problems need to be seen and treated at their systemic source. Indeed, whistle blowing may do no better than damage even further already fading morale. Charles Ferguson's 2011 Academy Award winning documentary The Inside Job ('the movie that cost $20 000 000 000 000 to make") is another striking testimony with same conclusion.


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