The Future of the Future; Enough Information Already. This was the heading for an interesting article titled Bring on the Explanation Age that I recently read in the March issue of Knowledge Management World (www.kmworld.com). One quote from the article that I especially liked:
The Explanation Age presents us with a golden opportunity to stop the madness of generating oceans of data with limited access to the reasoning behind the data.
The author goes on to talk about the need to ask “why” more often.
In my work with the Disaster Time Line charts, we feature information that shows cause and effect. In my view it is essential to get beyond just a recitation of facts and lengthy descriptions, and go on to do the analysis to show why we have the systems and programs in place for emergency management and homeland security.