"(...) hidden in the daily flow of information coming from newspapers, magazines, scientific journals, conferences, books and blogs, are articles that can be read as signals from the future, signs of what the future could be like."
E porque é que um instituto de I&D poderia estar interessado em instituir os blogs como ferramenta de trabalho dos seus colaboradores? Talvez porque esteja implícito ou explícito na sua própria missão, tal como na que transcrevo:
"(...) the Institute is a non-profit research institute, commited to communicating our research and thinking to the public at large. White papers are one way to do this; but it can also be useful to have a more modest but regular scan of the horizon.
Implicit in the Institute's mission is a mandate not just to release findings, but to share something of its way of thinking, and to encourage others to think more regularly and systematically about the future."
"Publications are often like buildings with the scaffolding removed: you see the finished object, but can't see how it was built. In contrast, the informality of blogs makes them a great venue for authors to share works in progress, or to think out loud.
The informality of blogs also means that they can serve as a cross between research notebooks and venues for testing ideas."