I have recently stumbled on a story written by an unknown author, shedding light on the positive outcome of sharing. We are social by nature and the social aspect of sharing brings us joy, particularly when we are sharing knowledge.
Many years ago three soldiers, hungry and weary of battle, came upon a small village. The villagers, suffering a meager harvest and the many years of war, quickly hid what little they had to eat and met the three at the village square, wringing their hands and bemoaning the lack of anything to eat.The soldiers spoke quietly among themselves and the first soldier then turned to the village elders. "Your tired fields have left you nothing to share, so we will share what little we have: the secret of how to make soup from stones." Naturally the villagers were intrigued and soon a fire was put to the town's greatest kettle as the soldiers dropped in three smooth stones. "Now this will be a fine soup", said the second soldier; "but a pinch of salt and some parsley would make it wonderful!" Up jumped a villager, crying "What luck! I've just remembered where some's been left!" And off she ran, returning with an apronful of parsley and a turnip. As the kettle boiled on, the memory of the village improved: soon barley, carrots, beef and cream had found their way into the great pot. They ate and danced and sang well into the night, refreshed by the feast and their new-found friends. In the morning the three soldiers awoke to find the entire village standing before them. At their feet lay a satchel of the village's best breads and cheese. "You have given us the greatest of gifts: the secret of how to make soup from stones", said an elder, "and we shall never forget." The third soldier turned to the crowd, and said: "There is no secret, but this is certain: it is only by sharing that we may make a feast". And off the soldiers wandered, down the road.
My name is Rachid Jabbar; I have a MSc. in Digital Design and Communication from the IT University of Copenhagen and a BA in Architectural technology and Construction management from the Copenhagen technical academy. During my time as a student at the IT University of Copenhagen I worked as a teaching assistant in digital innovation, where I guided 15 master students in their course project. My expertise within the field of design spans from qualitative ethnographical methodologies to quantitative usability methodologies and I enjoy studying the relationship between man and machine from different angles. Today machines fit the human environment instead of forcing humans to adapt; this facilitates human communication by making it technically easier, but by doing so a new complex relationship emerges. Ubiquitous technologies require a specific knowledge in regards to the surroundings we are immersed in. My background within architectural technology makes me able to understand this interplay within place and space. I hope that you are visiting my website because you share the same interests as me. On this website I post articles and videos that I find relevant in better understanding the mechanisms that make human computer interaction (HCI) interesting. You can find some of my work under research.