Journalism for the 21st Century

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Operational goal

  • Develop and put into practice the Knowledge Federation Media Channel


  • The journalist becomes part of a comprehensive knowledge-work ecosystem — a knowledge federation — which creates and selects interesting and relevant material. This large support system enables good journalism to become profitable.
  • Good journalism is supported by knowledge federation research — what should informing be like to truly fulfill its key purposes? In federated journalism sensational insights replace sensational events. Analogy with nutrition and nutrition research.
  • Federated journalism becomes the state of the art in public informing; how could we even have imagined — in the complex world of today — that journalists alone, pressed by commercial interests, could fulfill this most sensitive social role?

Immediate practical tasks

  • Create a presentation of Knowledge Federation. Øystein Rakkenes and Vladan Zdravković are now being a model of this role, composing multimedia presentations of Knowledge Federation [1]
  • Organize the media federation for Knowledge Federation Dialog Oslo 2011.

Themes to introduce, paradigms to change

  • Wikileaks for insights [2]. Scandals may be exciting, even illuminating, but in the long run may do no better than damage trust and bring the system down. Again and again the Knowledge Federation Media Channel proves its ability to crowdsource original points of view, and evolve life-changing and world-changing insights.
  • Slow information. It is like slow food — good nutrition for the mind [3].

Contributions to Knowledge Federation

  • Enable Knowledge Federation to federate its insights to the media and public and spread the knowledge federation meme; Knowledge Federation cannot be a silo.

Contributions to the changing world

  • Knowledge Federation Media Channel becoming a lighthouse for positive change.


  1. See Øystein's YouTube video The passion and loneliness of the long distance thinker introducing some of the knowledge federators.
  2. David McCandless' book and website "Information is Beautiful" may give an idea about what this might mean. McCandless is a British journalist; turned journalism designer.
  3. It may be insiteful to consider media information as a form of nourishment — i.e. as something that, with time, socializes us to use our mind and language in a certain way (seek faults, criticize), even puts us in a certain mood, nourishes our values... How does media information influence our social cohesion and enthusiasm? Or our psyche? Or — our marriages and love relationships?

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