Kevin Werbach on decentralization
Tech’s big challenge: Decentralization
Because decentralization inherently breaks down boundaries, it cuts across familiar industry categories. It’s everywhere you look…but that makes it easy to miss. Some of the smartest software executives I know aren’t aware of the revolutionary potential of open spectrum, while most telecom experts don’t understand Web services.
Parallels abound. As it struggles with digital content distribution, for example, the entertainment industry could learn from the experience of computer companies such as IBM that had to reorient their business models away from centralized mainframes and proprietary systems. But it’s hard for people to see the forest when they’re used to scrutinizing the trees.