Principles of curation #10

In the book “Curation – The Power of Selection in a World of Excess” Michael Bhaskar describes the following principles of curation:

Save time
Selecting and arranging can help us to build resources that can be used instantly over and over again. Like I posted earlier, if time is our most valuable resource, a bit more time invested in the preparation or editing of information and knowledge can prevent redoing the work later on.

Free cognitive resources
“The more we have to decide, the less we are able to decide.” Bhaskar suggests to source out certain parts of the research process to focus on the curation.  

Spare anxiety
Research can be an endless endeavor with almost unlimited amounts of accessible information. The bigger the circle of research gets, the more tasks for further research appear and the fuzzier and stressed we get. Curation helps to make decisions on what really matters and what not.

Maximize utility
To get the most utility out of the limited resources we collected is key to curation. This also links to the efficiency when we are trying to solve a problem. We select where to put the focus on. The better the available information the better you can decide on the provisions for a possible solution.

Cut down complexity
Finding the right balance in the micro and macro scale is crucial. Going in too deep in one direction can be unnecessary on the “wrong” topic, being to superficial doesn’t let you see the essential details or interconnections.

Find quality and overcome information overload
In the digital world of content overload, the skill of selection is one of the most valuable you can have. Deciding what can be ignored can save you a lot of time which is needed to find real quality.   

Create contrast and redefine creativity
Today it becomes very easy to end up in a filter bubble. Seeing more and more content that fits your already existing view. Try to challenge yourself by finding the exact opposite view and gain from that tension, which may end up in transforming your own assumptions and biases.

Channel attention
You can be a timesaver and a helpful resource for others at once with the curation of content. Like I mentioned in earlier commits, the combination of a trustful and reliable network and mindfully selected content within that can benefit all peers. 

Provide context
Context and arrangement are key for unstructured data or fragmented information. This differs from the simple action of retweeting or just posting a discovered piece of content from putting in the actual work of explaining the thought process why this content might by interesting within your model of thinking.

Beat overproduction
Creating more and more content or products doesn’t solve the problem of complexity. Instead, you can provide value through the usage of the resources which are already available. 

And this is commit #10!

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