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The Challenges of the Knowledge Era

THE INCREASING PACE OF CHANGE Our journey of development from hunter-gathers to farmers took thousands of years to complete, while our move from the farm to the factory took one-hundred and fifty years. Sixty years ago we began to feel the effects of the information age; already, the winds of change are blowing once again. The new wave of change, in Charles Savage's words (1995), is "our ability to tap into the richest vein of wealth in our society, the knowledge of its members. It is our intellectual capital," Savage says:

With this new era well underway, the indications are that, unlike earlier revolutions that took place across generations, we will feel its full impact within our lifetimes.