Global Wonks' "Network Pulseā„¢" Offering Rapidly Matures (Meaning It is a Great Time to Join the Network)
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 10:43PM
Thomas P.M. Barnett in Global Wonks

Per a recent report-out by CEO Cenk Sidar ...

The news on Global Wonks keeps getting better and better.

The community is presently more than 1,500 experts strong, while clients now number in the dozens.

Much of this is due to the gateway engagement offering called the Network Pulse™. The pulse function allows clients to seek rapid-fire answers to whatever question is triggered within their enterprise by ongoing market/global developments. The network is pulsed and a swarm of experts respond, typically in a matter of minutes.

For the benefit of the members, the pulse is also simultaneously an interview of sorts, showcasing experts to clients for the purposes of follow-on calls and the generation of analytic reports.

And it's not just traditional consulting clients who are exploring what the pulse function can do for them. Global Wonks also has consultancies themselves utilizing the service as a force-multiplier. Hedge funds like it for its intense speed capacity, while media organizations value its provision of competing perspectives.

But where things get really interesting for me, as an advisor, is Global Wonks' commitment to technologizing this intellectual transaction to the most optimized extent possible - or what Cenk is calling GW's "Centaur Model" of blending cognitive computing capacity with the inherent knowledge capacity of the expert network.

I had the privilege of providing some input on Cenk's paper, and it is worth perusing as a roadmap for the future of consulting.

For now the focus is on building up the network and maximizing the clients' use of Network Pulse. The numbers cited recently by Cenk are impressive: 

  • "Our experts provided over 600 responses to the first 45 questions asked. 
  • Initial responses have come within four hours on average. 
  • Within 24 hours, we're averaging 15 answers per question.
  • Our fastest 'Top Answer' was submitted two minutes after the question was asked.
  • We reviewed responses and found 83% exhibited a detailed understanding of the subject matter, a clear grasp of the issues, and included relevant, timely evidence and big picture reasoning."

I had offered two online tutorial-style training sessions to the network in the fall, so that last bit about balancing "timely evidence" with "big picture reasoning" is most gratifying. That's exactly what we were hoping to project to clients.

The stats on the expert network are likewise solid: 1,500-plus wonks spread over 80-plus countries with expertise encompassing over one-hundred additional nations. 

And these aren't newbies to the industries. Almost 9-out-of-10 possess an advanced degree and they collectively average over a decade's worth of work experience.

Cenk himself will conduct a virtual town hall meeting this week, chatting with all of GW's regional and country managers on the subject of lessons learned to date and where recruitment should go next.

Again, all this suggests that, if you have found yourself intrigued by Global Wonks and what it's accomplishing, now is the time to get in on a ground floor that's rapidly elevating.

Go directly to the GW site to register as a wonk

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