Maps and territoriesPosted: February 1, 2012
The term versatilist was coined by an article in Gartner when writing about the IT industry…
..but could the article be touching a deeper phenomenon?
There is a phrase that goes along the lines of ‘ … the map is not the territory…’: your model (or anyone else’s) of the world is just a map of reality, of what-is. The what-is-ness, ‘reality’, is the territory that can never be completely described, or mapped.
The Gartner article describes four different working domains: technology, information, process and relationships and claims fluency between them will be required for success: The Versatilist. If these domains are just different maps of the same (IT) territory, then the versatilist is someone who can skilfully work with different maps of the same territory.
So is versatilism merely a natural ability to work with different maps of the same territory? In the same way that Google Maps has different maps of the same territory, the skill of a versatilist is to know which map to use when?
So, if versatilism as an ability, a skill, it can be learned: by identifying maps and territories and knowing the difference between them.