Knowledge hoarding (the ‘Knowledge is Power’ syndrome) is a recurring theme in many knowledge management debates. Supported by academic research, the root cause is often said to be found in the hoarding reflex of the early early humans, hoarding vital resources to survive in periods of starvation. Apparently we have a ‘hoarding’ gene responsible for this behaviour.
Today, our economical model is based on … sharing. (At least the social security model in many european countries). We share in periods of abundance, when we are healthy and have a good income. The model promises to give something back when we are in a period of shortage.
The optimistic view is that evolution will stimulate our ‘sharing’ gene to become dominant over our ‘hoarding’ gene.
Sharing will be our nature … just be patient.