For the Record: On the Origins of “Wirearchy”

I’ve been noticing .. and friends have been telling me about .. the increased use of the term and concept “wirearchy” in the social business and social learning business arenas.

I don’t mind its increased use .. it’s just a neologism, after all .. but most of the the increased use comes from consulting (Deloitte & Deloitte / Bershin) and social software vendors (SABA Software and Cisco).

And if they are going to use the term and concept to help sell services and software …

I feel compelled to note that I copyrighted the term and definition in 1999, and began writing about wirearchy – the term, concept, definition and its implications – shortly thereafter, in early 2000.

For the record …

 Wirearchy – a dynamic two-way flow of power and authority based on knowledge, trust, credibility and a focus on results, enabled by interconnected people and technology.

(Jon Husband, 1999)


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