The knowledge economy is one of major stakes in the twenty-first century. Currently at the embryonic stage, it brings two players together: those who create knowledge and those who innovate. In 2016, both demonstrated a world-wide efficiency, with more than 1,568,280 registered scientific publications and about 240,000 filed patents. Despite this, access to knowledge remains difficult for many innovative parties, in particular for the three following reasons:
Difficulties in understanding each other, in speaking the same language between trades, research and fields of application;
Ignorance of the richness and specificities of the world of knowledge ;
Lack of visibility of knowledge creators. This last point is made obvious in 2017: everyone has heard of Elon Musk while few will remember the name of one of the three winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2017;
These obstacles result in the feeling that, with a few exceptions, these two worlds remain too far apart in today’s economy. Exceptions mainly made up of big players in innovation that can forge strong links with the knowledge creators.
The ease of access to all knowledge appears to be one of the pillars of an efficient knowledge economy and represents one of the main challenges in the coming years. The economic stakes for developed countries can be estimated in billions of dollars of GDP as well as millions of jobs. Northern economies, in particular European states, wish to embrace this economic model of the 21st century and are led to question the causes of the economic success of the small Nordic nations (Finland, Norway, Denmark, etc.) and Switzerland.
In 2015, of the $ 1.9 trillion spent on R & D, only 7% was spent on knowledge exchange. This share, while representing an amount of 135 billion dollars over the year, appears to be very significantly lower than what its real potential could be. The sector therefore needs a simple, effective and accessible solution for all to streamline the meeting of these two worlds and allow them to exchange more naturally and more efficiently.
Moving toward a circular economy in knowledge
What’s at stake in the 21st century is the successful transition from our current economy toward a knowledge economy, the only economy which can create essential wealth for the sustainable growth of our modern societies. This long-awaited knowledge market is based on three fundamental rules:
Positive sum exchange: within the knowledge economy, the knowledge exchange should be shared, meaning that after sharing it, the one who passes it down, still owns it. In a nutshell, “I give it you and I still have it”;
1+1=3: bringing knowledge together creates some new. To better demonstrate this principle, we will use this “enlightening “illustration which represents the invention of the oil lamp thanks to the fire and the fuel materials knowledge;
Knowledge is endless: unlike other resources/products or material assets, it has been mathematically proven that knowledge is endless.
In order to successfully carry out this ambitious challenge, we are federating and making grow a strong and dynamic knowledge ecosystem. To reach that goal, 3 key points must be respected:
Separating knowledge exchanges and money. The knowledge sector is, in a way, looking down on money. Researchers’ vocation, goals and motivations are based on knowledge creation and this concept rarely matches the financial aspects generated by the exchanges.
Setting up a circular economy in knowledge. the goal is to enable the stakeholders to exchange knowledge on a free and unlimited basis, with no barriers but measuring and quantifying the exchanges in order to be fair for the most involved actors.
Establishing a worldwide, trustworthy and secure exchange environment. The ecosystem should be global and universal and should cover all the knowledge aspects.
The CONNECTY platform provides solution that lifts all the obstacles to innovation, by creating an ecosystem that brings together all the players around innovation and the knowledge economy.
The proposed service is based on three pillars:
1. Universality: CONNECTY becomes the missing link between all the players in the knowledge economy.
The challenge is to build the applications of tomorrow by bringing creators and users of knowledge together in one place, the meeting guaranteeing innovation.
2. Responding to a need: CONNECTY is the answer to all the knowledge needs of those who innovate, from the simple request for an expert opinion to a laboratory study lasting over several months, and in all fields of knowledge: Biology, Chemistry, Ecology & Environment, Man & Society, Engineering & Systems, Mathematics, Nuclear & Particles, Physics, Information Sciences, Earth & Universe, etc.
3. Creating an ecosystem: CONNECTY creates a unique ecosystem dedicated to the knowledge market.
Buyers will have at their disposal a unique marketplace to find a solution to their questions. The knowledge creators will have a platform which will offer them visibility and the ability to exchange and valorize their knowledge.
Ultimately, it will lead to a circular economy based on knowledge transfer that will naturally and easily take place, thus multiplying the opportunities and the creation of wealth.
If you want to know more about this project and how to benefit, you can see the thread in bitcointalk.