Email management and deflecting the unavoidable


Somehow, emails are not really part of what I would consider a KM infostructure, even though in practice they are essential, with apparently 62 billions of emails shared every day. So, some word of advice about email management might help. But there’s plenty out there. Hey, wait! A knowledge management professional should be able to […]

A tribute to KM4Dev: how it transformed my life and how I hope to share the magic


For a long time, in the sector where I used to work, I felt out of place: a mad and fuzzy communicator in the rigid, logical (but smart) kingdom of water and sanitation engineers. I guess I kinda accepted I was different and just had to rub it in. And then I had my first […]

Harvesting insights (4): Making knowledge travel?


Time to revisit a concept that’s key in the recent past of ILRI’s and some other CGIAR knowledge work architecture: making knowledge travel. This concept and approach was, among others, central to the Agricultural and rural knowledge Share Fair organised in Addis Ababa in October 2010. This post written by organiser Nadia Manning right after the event […]

The role of positive deviants in organisations


(I summarised the results of the discussion mentioned below on the KM4Dev wiki: here). Some members from KM4Dev are organizing a series of ‘focused conversations’ either about the community itself or about the field of ‘Knowledge management for development’. I volunteered for one of the latter. And I’d like to focus that conversation on the role […]

Social media for empowerment – a guide for African climate change workers


After a couple of months of hard collective work on it, and after several other months of to-ing an fro-ing between AfricaAdapt and ILRI, the Social media guide for climate change practitioners in Africa is finally OUT! The final version of the guide as a PDF doc is only 10 pages long (about 2000 words) […]

The tool obsession, a serious(ly) childish posture…


In my work around agile KM, I use a lot of tools for learning, sharing, documenting. I have yet to blog about the bouquet of tools that I use. In this post, I’m ranting against the biggest illusion of all in this field of business: the sacrosanct worship of tools. Tools are what every serious person wants […]

Global information systems, between the info monster ‘Charybdis’ and ghost town ‘Scylla’


I promised I would write this post quite quickly to a KM4Dev Ethiopia mate who is (perhaps unfortunately) seeing to the establishment of a global-local information system for a large organisation. The focus of that information system and the client organisation matter little really, as I’m here interested in the generic case – and you will […]

Managing or facilitating change, not just a question of words


The other week, I participated in a change management training course at ILRI. Like many organizations, ILRI is currently going through an intense period of change. Perhaps I should say: like most (all?) organizations, ILRI is perpetually going through an intense period of change. But this time, on top of it we are developing a […]