keep knowledge -gain understanding
There are at least four attributes of
a member of the Netcohort- at least the successful ones.
They must be knowledgeable, adaptable,
possess integrity, and be hard working.
Knowledge is a given for any position - but the Netcohort's
success requires a specific netcentric knowledge. This
knowledge can not be fully acquired through the brick
and mortar educational system.
Most colleges give a degree that in effect recognizes
adherence to their bureaucratic rule set. Many employers
hire based on appreciation of a college graduate's compliance
-- and plan to train their new bureaucratic employees
for specific job duties.
The public school system is dedicated to supplying these
cookie cutter employees.
The Netcohort is happily an independent bunch - learning
what they love - then finding and solving a need that
matches what they have learned.
The Netcohort is flexible - sometimes working alone -
sometimes joining in fluid teams to accomplish a larger
The knowledge required to function in the Netcohort does
not need to be wide, it needs depth. The "long
tails" concept applies, and also implies that
Netcohort knowledge workers have to self-direct their
own educational pursuits.
The knowledge the Netcohort needs parallels their own
individualistic interests and opportunities. They are
therefore the primary candidates for a self directed
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