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There is a strong relationship between knowledge and money. In some situations money and knowledge are economic equivalents. If you have enough money to meet your basic expenses, you would often be willing to trade money for knowledge.

People often take low-paying jobs if there is an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge that can be translated into better opportunities down the road. And obviously people pay money to go to college and gain knowledge. It is often said that knowledge is power, but that's just another way of saying knowledge is money.

There's probably someone within a block of me right now who would gain a lot by hearing something I know about business. And there's probably something I could gain by learning some fact that one of my neighbors knows. But we might never meet. And if we do, we might never discover what valuable information the other knows.

How do you exploit that economic opportunity?
 
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May 28, 2009
I'm never shy about asking people about what they think about an idea/product/service under consideration. Sometimes I am even willing to pay someone to learn what they think (good attorneys for example). And from my recent favorite fortune cookie: "If you continually give you will continually have." What do you think?
 
 
May 28, 2009
That's why I'm always excited when I meet and sit around new people ... Even though I'm very socially shy I like that a lot, there wasn't a single person I've met regardless of age, income or position that I haven't learned something new from.
 
 
May 28, 2009
Throw regular (most probably quarterly) street bbqs. Depending on the demographics it can be mainstream holidays (xmas, memorial day, 4th of july, etc...) or seasonal pagan style. Paper fliers on telephone poles a month or two before hand, bouncy castle for the kids, lots of tables, giant bbqs, and requests for desserts and salads. Mix liberally and enjoy. Maybe even a yahoo group so people can share photos.
 
 
May 28, 2009
Block party!
 
 
 
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