Phew! Agile KM is not dead… That means more hopes, fears and posts in store…

They got us with the apocalypse hoax - all the better for this blog!

They got us with the apocalypse hoax – all the better for this blog!

The Mayas got it all wrong. Or rather we got it all wrong about our Maya lore. Who would have thought… that they were going to be right, anyway?

That gives me another year to let my blogging run free – and to let you question, challenge, inform, criticize, appraise, appreciate or prevent another year of my online ramblings.

About a year ago I was at the same junction, wondering what the new year would have in petto for this blog.

But let’s have a different take this year.

No prediction – too many people have been giving theirs already (this one is in French and quite interesting though).

No ranking or top XYZ from last year – I did it at the end of last year. And the web is full of these (if you’re a ranking junkie check the Research to Action top 10 blogposts and this smart review of ODI’s success insights in 2012).

No New Year resolution, I hardly ever tried them and never really believed in them – and it seems with good reason.

No! This year, since we managed to survive, here are some reasons to hope or get inspired in the world of agile KM – and because we are in the infosnacky world of ‘pictures-that-say-more-than-1000-words’, most of the links below are infographics!

  • The social web and social enterprise is gaining more and more ground – a good opportunity to connect sharp minds and big hearts. And that is a really big plus! More people are getting connected, and more people are connecting deeply too… Online translation services are helping bridge gaps between linguistically divided communities too.
  • And bad social media marketing is not going to undo this, quite the contrary even… we are too far in our online social interactions to take steps back. No counter movement can really curb the progress of the social web so badly that we give it up.
  • There seems to be more and more momentum to nail down eternal problems of assessing knowledge and of showing the value (and costs) of social learning – understanding it all better to use its potential better – certainly in the circles I evolve in.
  • The age of networks and communities is clearly recognised and means organisations and (these revealing statistics: according to this recent infographic, 56% people surveyed said they wouldn’t accept a job that didn’t allow access to social media and one third of under-thirties value social media freedom over salary).

And here are a few reasons to get concerned…

  • The Agile and Big Data movements are gaining ground (great!) but they are still much in their infancy and run the risk of being one more largely missed opportunity if the people driving those movements do not pay attention to the autistic and silver-bullet-like tendencies of any big buzz. And other traps have been identified, both for big data as for agile.
  • Education has improved. Much. But it still remains a top challenge everywhere, at all levels, both in terms of attendance and drop-out. Education gaps still prevent many young people and particularly young girls and women to get higher exposure to other ideas and knowledge sources. Education gaps are not only about quantity but also about quality. Education should particularly focus on helping people educate themselves through critical reflection. Yet even smart people are still making many mistakes from which they are not learning, because they are still not sharpening their (self-) critical questioning skills.
Fight racism, it doesn't make daily sense (Credits: The Idealist)

Fight racism, it doesn’t make daily sense (Credits: The Idealist)

  • Racism seems to be on the rise in various parts of the world. Perhaps acceptance of racism is rising. At any rate, intolerance is certainly stirring up in better off parts of the world, contradicting the social movement mentioned above and the day-to-day reality of these racists (see image here).
  • Among us internet addicts there is arguably still too much egoism, too little listening, too little curiosity about each other (especially the ‘different’ others) in the social media world. And perhaps too little attention to cherishing face-to-face moments against the tantalizing charms of our smartphone/tablet/PC-padded ego-isolating fortresses. The ego tracking tool bonanza is only one example of this self-centred movement which is paradoxically antisocially social.

All in all, this should give me enough inspiration to get this blogging year going! Despite some concerns, I’m optimistic this year will be yet another great one. Oh, I was about to forget: Happy 2013 – and ‘Jach Dyos bo’otik’ (thank you in Yucatec Mayan) 😉


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