DIKW — WKID

Have you noticed? Vast quantities of *Data* is flooding into the public realm from breaches and whistleblowers, often dropped into repositories such as DDOSecrets or activist-maintained private repositories.

Counterpoint, Peggy: what if the system is doing a bang-up job of that all by itself?

These data are being synthesized into *information* by citizen journalists and that which remains of their esteemed ilk within the realm of mainstream media.

(The latter currently boasting a trust score of 29% and plummeting as the public increasingly discerns institutional influence upon media narrative by nation-state actors and private enterprise).

This newly-synthesized information informs an evolution of public *knowledge* as its reconciled through the consumption of media, through alternative and mainstream sources. Knowledge tends to lead us to better answers.

Question: in what manner do we reconcile this newly-acquired knowledge into *wisdom* that improves our living circumstances?

*Wisdom* is acquired when we are able to make use of the knowledge we’ve gained to project and predict future outcomes, and often leads us to asking better questions, as my friend Ruth says.

I’ve just walked you though the D.I.K.W model, which is a class of models for representing purported structural and/or functional relationships between data, information, knowledge, and wisdom, illustrated here:

We are drowning in a sea of data and unuseful information, which impairs our ability to see events clearly. We are bludgeoned by the flash of messaging bereft a proper grounding in wisdom, and worse: a weaponization of data and information in the name of profit-driven growth causes actual harm to our cognition.

As such, we (as a population) are sometimes bound by certain assumed, antiquated constraints which unfortunately limits our capacity to recognize opportunities as they manifest, and the most egregious of these is the belief we exist within an environment of scarcity.

My dear friend Ruth is prone to grab a pen and paper and define linguistic and metaphysical *machines* which invite people to reconsider the rich breadth of what she calls “the adjacent possible.”

One of the first things she does is invert the DIKW pyramid, such that wisdom is oriented properly, for as she says: “we can only rise as deep as we ground.”

Within her canon, we hold ourselves bound within a container of our own contrivance, and this often blinds us to recognize “adjacent potentials” which could significantly improve our health, wealth, and happiness.

These linguistic and metaphysical *machines* churn out one strategic business plan after another, capitalizing upon the abundant quantity of rich, seething pockets of abundant wealth that’s overlooked by an existing system based upon extractive economics.

I invite y’all to examine the richness of her work. Also, listen (with a capital L) to the work of artist and activist Rod Webber, because he speaks uncomfortable truth, and truth deeply informs one’s ability to accurately predict the future, so to speak.

To Peggy Hill’s point (the image meme at the beginning of this article): what if the system is too busy taking itself down to concern itself with the necessary task of revival, renewal, and redemption?

What if that’s our job?

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Kent Dahlgren

Product management fix-it guy. World-famous people skills. Extremely small hands. (edit) marketing lady says I’m also supposed to say “CEO of software company”