All About Lex

Lex is a community focused on the interrelationship between information, knowledge, choices and risk.

Lex is based on the hypothesis that today’s approaches to information and knowledge management are inadequate. In a complex world with rapid information generation and increasingly specialized knowledge domains, a new approach to information management and collaboration is needed.

We Are Human (WAH)

Humans still have human brains with all of the capabilities and limitations.  While we have built many tools and systems to augment human capability, it is ultimately humans that have to put the pieces together in order to make something new and valuable.

Finding the valuable information at the right time is what provides lasting leverage. But information is a constantly moving target.  

The Information “Not So” Super Highway

While information may be traveling fast, it is certainly not on a clearly marked route with on-ramps, exits, signs and maps. Structurally, the Internet may have some similarities to the highway system, but information really doesn’t. Bits of information are flying around the Internet at fiber optic speed observed by anyone who has the right level of access. But the value of information is not really the speed of transmittal (unless you work in high finance), it is about how quickly people are able to use the information to make connections. Connections between bits of information that lead to new knowledge.

Don’t Be So Quick to Judge 

With the volume of information being produced today, the temptation is to look at information quickly, assess its value and move on. Some people have systems of storing information that they want to refer back to at a later date, but even deciding if something is worth coming back to and flagging it in some way takes time.

The pressure to keep up and the fascination with the “New Thing” forces many of us to make snap judgements on information. 

The value of information varies with time. Too early. Too late. It all makes a big difference. Know what you are looking and how to spot things that you aren’t looking for.

The Information Skill Shot

Information management is not new with the computer age or the age of the Internet. It is a core human capability and is key to human survival. The systems that we have built for information management have evolved through the years, but humans still process information in largely the same way.

Humans have always acted on a combination of prior knowledge, new information available, intuition, risk tolerance and the ability to make choices at the appropriate moment to achieve their goal at the moment — whether it was escaping an immediate threat or working toward some longer term goal.

The data that we collect along with emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) in nearly all aspects of life is an opportunity to rethink this equation. It is one that should be made with some forethought and not just driven by technology.

Finding the New Information Path

Lex is about finding a new path forward for the role of information systems in our lives and our organizations. Creating systems that empower and enable rather than deferring to the algorithms that will hinder insight, innovation and creativity. There is not one right answer for everyone, but there are a lot potentially wrong answers. 

The goal of Lex is to explore systems and processes that leverage information and unleash human potential.