Paperless Redefined

How do you define paperless? Do you think there will ever truly be such a thing as paperless?

Even in the Star Wars world, there is not a complete banishment of paper. But notice, they don’t even call it a piece paper, they call it a flimsy. So, if in an advanced society, paper doesn’t go away, can we ever hope to be rid of paper?

I would imagine, at the earliest, it will be a few generations before we see paper go the way of the typewriter (although there are still some of those still around, too).

When we talk about paperless, I believe that the common notion of paperless meaning “without paper” it is a bit of a misnomer. In my opinion, paperless is simply a euphemism for automating our processes. By reducing our dependences on paper through a workflow, we can increase the efficiency with which we work. I think paperless really means “less paper” and not “without paper.”

A switch from paper workflows to paperless workflows is the first step to realize the dream of no more paper. Maybe, it’s worth exploring how we can make the first steps from paper to paperless through electronic workflows.

What do you think?

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