Since its launch in 2001, Wikipedia has expanded to have versions in 270 languages and is accessed by millions of people seeking information from all over the world, each day. Yet it may come as a surprise to learn that this massive collection of information is not run by just one group of people in an office, Wikipedia is updated and ‘run’ by everyone. This is the phenomenon of crowdsourcing.
For the past few years, a new trend in computing has been quickly gaining traction not only in the tech world but increasingly amongst businesses. What is it? Cloud Computing. Cloud Computing has proved since its inception its great personal and business benefits. It is then not surprising that many businesses, both small and large, have caught on to its possibilities and have integrated it in many ways in their business activities.
It is well known and taught in all business schools how important to any organization communication is, and indeed market communication departments, P.R.Os and other communication offices are prevalent in most public or private organizations. But truly, is the public sector in Ghana taking communication as seriously as it should?
The world these past few days has been mourning the loss of a great inventor and leader, Steve Jobs. Judging from Facebook status updates, many here in Ghana mourned him just as much as others in the world, and why not? Jobs’ inventions: the iPod, iPhone, iPad and Apple computers are just as well regarded and popular in Ghana as elsewhere in the world.
George Bernard Shaw wrote “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” In Ghana today, Shaw’s statement continues to hold true for many of our organizations, whether private or public, for profit or otherwise. As the world has changed and communication technology has transformed how we speak to each other, it is a sad fact that many organizations in Ghana have failed to take advantage of the new communication tools available to them.