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Stephen Cook

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What if instead of competing for top spot, we helped each other achieve our goals. Without compensation.

So often in life our jobs use competition to determine who is going to get the next raise or promotion. We fight to bring each other down rather than bring each other up. I know that sounds right. We are taught from the time we are children that life is a survival of the fittest. That only the strong survive, and that it's a dog eat dog world. Now I agree that all these things are true. At least in today's view of the world and business.
But I think we can change that. I think that we can take a new view on business. There are successful business models that are built on the model of building those below us up. In fact this business model is taught at some of the best universities around.


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    Jan 25 2012: I think such ideas are already being implemented these days. I'm a web designer and most of the stuffs I learnt about my profession are using awesome tutorials available on the web. Not only people spend their time writing free tutorials but also there are many live chat rooms and forums available online where people are happy to help you without any expectations to get anything in return. webchat.freenode.com is one of those website. Many times I face some hardcore problems in my job and some problems are beyond my scope of knowledge but I would just go to this chat room and write about my problems and I receive replies and really very valid and quick solutions to my problems that too by total Strangers. This bedazzles it makes me feel good and grateful and changes my attitude towards others. I too feel like serving others and helping others out with their problem. This kinda helping attitude not only makes you feel better but also expands your knowledge.

    Hence, Stephen Cook I totally support your idea.
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      Jan 25 2012: I think webdevelopers are pioneers in this field. First of all they know the most about the best available sharing option: the internet. For them it's easier to find, or even create, websites that provide tutorials or communities that can share and help each other. Experts in other specialities have to make a bigger step to create something like this, so maybe it's a good idea to start a big expertise-sharing-community with fora and tutorials for more specialities.
      Also, a reason why a lot of these websites might exist in the webdevelopment-scene is because the people who create these websites know that webdevelopers are the a good niche for their website and advertising on these sites would be profitable. This would also be the case for a website that shares more expertises if you're able to advertise this to the right people. This way sharing expertise and helping others by creating an expertise-sharing-platform can still be profitable for the webmaster who would make it possible.
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        Jan 26 2012: Yup Koen I totally agree. This way of sharing can be profitable and its a win win situation. I also support the idea of developing a big expertise sharing community, but then i think aint any such website already exist?
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          Jan 26 2012: I'm pretty sure they do as well but probably all focussed on niches instead of having one big community where every "genre" of jobs can share their experiences.
          It would be good to have a community where people can share their knowledge per job-type and categorize it in easy/intermediate/hard for the readers so even starters could use.
          The problem with a site like though, is promoting it. It's hard enough to promote a site like this for one niche. Let alone having to promote it to a huge target, basically everyone with a job, and keeping it running.

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