About this blog / Annotated list of all posts

About this blog

I started blogging on 25 October 2007 and my first ever blog post – the Genesis of a confusiastic blog – was bad. But it kick-started a wonderful learning hobby and passion for me. This blog – as explained in the ‘about me‘ page, is generally about social change and empowerment via (social) learning, knowledge, communication and monitoring & evaluation (M&E) or off-the-wall stuff (and there are additional strands that I reflect upon at times like facilitation of events and training activities, social media or more general topics about self-empowerment).

Below is an annotated alphabetical overview of (almost) all the blog posts I’ve written on this blog, organized by category of posts.

  • Harvesting insights‘ posts are similar to stock-taking posts but focus on ideas rather than resources and are based on my experience rather than anyone else’s. 
  • Interviews and dialogues – Need I say more?
  • I occasionally write ‘rants‘ which are opinion notes that might come out of irritation and frustration but hopefully also point to some ideas and thought pieces that might inspire others.
  • Shoot‘ posts are shorter, zooming in on one idea – sometimes controversial – which I think and hope might inspire other ideas and reactions among the audience of this blog and for me too.
  • Stock-taking‘ posts are attempts at zooming in on one topic and bringing about resources and ideas that I found very useful from different sources of information.
  • Tinkering with tools‘ posts provide my user experience about a tool, also looking at what others have done with it. 
  • And from time to time I also write about this blog, what I will do next, most popular posts recently etc. – those are ‘point-in-time blogging posts

Some of the posts below are indicated in bold because they are either popular (by public ratings and views) or in my view more interesting. Older – usually less interesting – posts are listed at the bottom, in a separate list.

You can also use categories (drop down menu on the right hand side) or tags (top right hand side box) to search these posts. And finally You can also browse through all these blog posts visually on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/ewenlb/my-agile-km-blog-in-pictures/ or through a special (short) selection of my first five years of blogging.

Annotated list of blog posts

Harvesting Insights

  1. Harvesting insights (1): back to (KM) basics (a summary of what I see as important KM principles and ideas, the start of a series)
  2. Harvesting insights (2): Beautiful KM (follow up on the previous post)
  3. Harvesting insights (3): Agile KM, between stealth and big bang (what it takes to promote [agile] KM, step by step, a guerrilla checklist)
  4. Harvesting insights (4): Making knowledge travel? (What does it mean to ‘make knowledge travel’ and what it could mean to be an even stronger approach)
  5. Harvesting insights (5): KM / over-rated or under the radar? (10 over-rated features, 10 options under the radar)
  6. Harvesting insights (6): A checklist of comms/KM functions in any development (research) organisation or initiative (settling once and for all the different teams or organisational functions that may be useful for an organisation or an initiative).


  1. Communication for development, KM and blurred boundaries: an interview with Michael Victor (blurring boundaries between KM, communication etc.)
  2. Complexity in aid: An interview (by Ben Ramalingam) with Jaap Pels (featuring someone else’s interview here – obviously with their consent he he)
  3. Engagement and deeper connection in social networks, a dialogue with Jaume Fortuny (a blog/email conversation about how to stimulate and maintain engagement on social media and networks)
  4. Getting KM and comms accepted, valued and right – An interview for APQC (I was interviewed on these topics in January 2014 by APQC)
  5. Interview with Ann Waters-Bayer: of KM, social learning and rural innovation (Ann Waters-Bayer reflects on the social process of rural innovation and how it relates – or not – to KM)
  6. Interview with Carl Jackson: of KM, social learning and creative design (Carl Jackson of Westhill Knowledge a KM4Dev friend and excellent KMer and facilitator)
  7. La gestion des connaissances au Burkina Faso, interview avec une pionnière : Jocelyne Yennenga Kompaoré (interview with a pioneer on KM in Burkina Faso)
  8. Of ‘healthy human systems’ beyond ‘the field’ and facilitating conversations that change the world: an interview with Sam Kaner and Nelli Noakes (talking with expert facilitators about what collaboration and facilitation has become and where it’s going)
  9. Research, KM and multi-stakeholder processes: cross interview with Cees Leeuwis and Mark Lundy (two systems thinkers looking at KM and multi-stakeholder interactions)


  1. Ban info-dumping and think carefully how much information you can handle (reflecting on why we sometimes ask to provide so much information)
  2. Believe in empowerment? Then just do it! (The typical barrier-attitudes to empowerment, despite discourse)
  3. Dedication and determination, in the name of CoP’s (get on with the work that it takes to be part of a community of practice)
  4. Dotty dotted communication – can we avoid this please? The usual traps of poorly planned communication in a research project – what can we do about it?
  5. From evil-inflexible to fantastic-elastic, the not-so-simple shades of willingness to change (a much praised recent post about not stigmatising inflexibility but bending it softly)
  6. Go organic, go civic! #KMalreadyHappensAnyways (an important rant for me: stop doing KM to others, build on their efforts)
  7. Leaders, innovate please! (A rant about managers just not getting what leadership in a complex world means)
  8. Look beyond WHAT to do: WHY and HOW lead to WHO (a critique of development work and how we need to rethink it)
  9. Me? A lurker? How ignorant of you! I am an empowered listener! (why we shouldn’t talk about lurkers any longer, because it’s pejorative and incorrect)
  10. Nothing new under the sun? Here’s what’s new: your dying thirst for learning (always keep your curiosity about)
  11. Of serendipity, introverts and extroverts, social media and shooting the ambulance… Why I don’t believe social media exclude introverts from conversations (they just find their own space and pace)
  12. Of ‘toxic micro cultures’ (all the different clique cultures that destroy rather than build anything meaningful – and how to deal with them)
  13. ‘Process literacy’ 101 (Why not add the one improvement that can change your work and life)
  14. Radical ideals and fluffy bunnies (YES, we can be positive)
  15. Social media: why bother? A French misunderstanding (what do I have to tell my fellow countrymen who don’t get what social media are good for)
  16. Stop taking hostages! The ills of poor event design and facilitation (a very important post for me summarising how to design and facilitate great or terrible events)
  17. Technology and community: don’t get mistaken about the real deal (building technology is only the beginning and the easy part, no doubt!)
  18. The 50-cent and 2-second immortality syndrom (we want fast bling bling impact, we should go for slow organic progress)
  19. The ever learning organisation (a very popular post fuelled by the interest for organisational learning)
  20. The tool obsession, a serious(ly) childish posture (why we tend to over rely on tools without giving sufficient attention to the practice behind them)
  21. What are we waiting for to walk our talk (on KM and comms)? (A lot of work us KM/Comms specialists have to do ourselves if we hope others change)
  22. X reasons not to learn, not to share, not to progress (what we often hear others say about avoiding learning and change).

Shoot posts

  1. Agile KM from ‘SMART goals’ to ‘practice SMARTS’ (a new practice code to do agile KM properly for individual and collective improvement)
  2. Alignment and authenticity (Where I wonder if it’s better to be true to yourself or reach out to others… well perhaps not wondering all too long)
  3. Annual reports, the gold standard for the state of KM in the company? (how annual reports might be a great way to assess the state of KM in an organisation)
  4. At the edges of knowledge work, the new beacons of ever-sharper collective intelligence (new functions to harness collective intelligence from conversations)
  5. Development, between results and relationships (why relationships might matter in development, more than results alone)
  6. Flap your wings for the ‘butterfly revolution’ of learning and change (all systemic learning and change starts from us individuals. FULL STOP. Rub it in!)
  7. How social can you be? (questioning the definition of our ‘uber-social’ model
  8. I share because I care! (very short and simple reasons to share knowledge and information)…
  9. KM=CDL, on the journey to universal sense-making (my take on the perennial question what is KM?)
  10. KM… the extra mile that saves (y)our time (Yes KM asks a little more of you, but for your own time’s sake, later, or someone else’s)
  11. KM on a (creative) shoestring (what to do with KM if you don’t have a big budget)
  12. Knowledge management in cartoons – A selection (a selection of cartoons depicting typical KM challenges and initiatives to tackle these)
  13. Life after KM? (if KM is no longer the relevant battle, what am I focusing on? Agile KM)
  14. My first shoot: the ‘scaling up’ silver bullet (first ever ‘shoot’ post – short opinion piece – which I wrote in Jan. 2012)
  15. Net added value in an event: networkshops and the power of contextual webs – another shoot questioning the value of workshop contents vs. the importance of meaningful networking
  16. Open knowledge, working out loud, sharing ideas and our mind at large (opening my book of ideas in the making as a way forward)
  17. Penny-wise and pound-foolish (KM and otherwise) (Don’t haggle pettily over petty costs for the most important areas of your KM strategy)
  18. Principles of life to live with good heart and intelligence (some ideas to guide one’s life based on principles from my father and myself)
  19. Reducing complexity to a workshop? Wake & step up! (why we can’t expect miracles from planning workshops for complex programs and what we can realistically expect)
  20. Reinventing the wheel: it’s ok… kind of… (one of the cardinal sins of KM revisited as – unavoidable – learning opportunity)
  21. Researching… good questions from wrong ideas (all fallacies about KM and comms which I hear in the research environment)
  22. ‘Scale up’ your empathy, not your ‘pilot initiative’ (empathy, the key to longstanding collaborative success)
  23. Scaling, pacing, staging and patterning… Navigating fractal change through space and time (four instruments to apprehend and deal with change)
  24. Sharing and learning: the ‘glue and grease’ of comms and (I)KM (why knowledge sharing and learning is connecting and integrating and should always connect comms with information management)
  25. Spur of the moment or long term purpose: when pinballs meet bulldozers (how to combine, individually and collectively, the need to plan for purpose and to seize opportunities as they come along)
  26. Stop judging and move on, because we all do (follow the seeds of change) (a shoot to understand we all evolve)
  27. The constant knowledge gardener (how to cultivate knowledge ecology in our learning garden)
  28. The danger of double-edged messiahs and the long shadow of the savior (how inspiring leaders can sometimes bear the risk of paralysing the people they inspire)
  29. The delicate balancing act of collective decision-making, between transparency and trust (why relying on trust for collective decision-making simply isn’t enough)
  30. The feast of fools of feedback (an idea to use the medieval Feast of fools approach to giving feedback in organisations and on this blog too)
  31. The ‘personal’ factor, beyond the human factor in KM (why specific people matter much more than all the strategies in the world)
  32. Use a precise language for precise results (Tips for speakers and listeners to achieve shaper communication)
  33. Use quality face-to-face time for synergy, not for logorrhea (focus on co-creating, not on passing tons of information when you get people together face-to-face)
  34. Wailers, whiners, waiters and winners… Mind your attitude for the knowledge ecosystem! (four different ways of dealing with challenges)
  35. We are a system, you cannot I-solate yourself, so surf and co-create the wave of our collective grace (always try and improve the whole system with you since we are 1)
  36. We need more / better communication! But not from me… (everyone wants more communication, but what do they mean and what can they do about it?)
  37. What an unforgettable KM boss does (the qualities of a KM boss that will make them truly unforgettable)
  38. What are you waiting for? Become a knowledge manager NOW! (Many good direct and indirect reasons to be a knowledge manager)
  39. Where is KM and its spirit? (Simplifying KM but making sure it’s there)
  40. With KM, life, it’s all in the attitude, so ‘JUST DO IT’ (Nike does it) (Stop nagging and change things around you)

Stock-taking posts

All the stock-taking posts have been extensively viewed

  1. Assessing, measuring, monitoring knowledge (and KM): Taking stock
  2. Capacity development: Taking stock
  3. Knowledge management strategy development: Taking stock
  4. Learning cycle basics and more: Taking stock
  5. Network monitoring & evaluation: Taking stock
  6. Storytelling: Taking stock
  7. Taking stock: facilitation videos (from my agile facilitation post)
  8. The art of blogging: Taking stock (another stock-taking post on the very practice of blogging, full of tips, examples, personal testimonials and a summary)
  9. Videos: What is KM/Why KM? Taking stock (the best video intros to KM)

Tinkering with tools (from most recent to least recent)

  1. Tinkering with tools: Asessing Asana (the praised collaboration app under microscope)
  2. Tinkering with tools: (Pretty) easy Prezi (a review of the main alternative to Powerpoint)
  3. Tinkering with tools: LinkedIn, where networking and problem-solving gets professional (a review of LinkedIn functionality, communities and conversation dynamics, from a KM perspective)
  4. Tinkering with tools: what’s up with Yammer? (a first ‘Tinkering with tools’ post about Yammer in general and in use within the CGIAR)

Point-in-time blogging posts (from most recent to least recent)

  1. Picking up an old thread – a confession (July 2018)
  2. 10-year blog anniversary! One heraldic yearly post at at time (October 2017)
  3. Moving on after nearly 6 years in Ethiopia, in 6 epitomising posts of the ‘habesha phase’ (a look back at the richest blogging phase of my life through 6 emblematic posts)
  4. Blogging on hold – until soon? (March 2017)
  5. Enjoy the year of the’fire rooster’ and let’s toast old habits! (January 2017)
  6. The top 10 posts of 2016 on this blog (December 2016)
  7. Two months of hatching eggs (May 2016)
  8. 2016 in perspective, 2015 in review (January 2016)
  9. Blogging holiday and TOP 10 posts (October 2015)
  10. Agile KM / development / facilitation and the fair of the year? (May 2015)
  11. Happy 2015! The year of the creative, intelligent, gentle, thoughtful and honest goat (With a -welcome- selection of resources I tracked recently)
  12. Merry Christmas and may peace and sparks be with you, children and learners of the world (Top posts 2014 and my peace wishes for the worst year for children)
  13. Fire your frank feedback and forecast what follows on Agile KM… (time to hear what’s going wrong with this blog!)
  14. (Blog hols) Time to leave KM aside again, life morphs on 🙂 … and some ideas for you… (April 2014: just after having my second child).
  15. Phew! Agile KM is not dead… That means more hopes, fears and posts in store… (January 2013: What hopes and fears 2013 inspires for me)
  16. My KM year’s insights, top posts… and a Merry Christmas!!! (December 2013: top posts for 2013, some insights and season wishes)
  17. Thank you all for your great support – and a merry Christmas and happy holidays! (December 2012: including the top 5 most popular posts for 2012 and my top 10 favourite posts)
  18. A journey through five years of blogging (October 2012: a selection of blog posts that illustrate the first/last five years of my blogging)
  19. A new year of fun, focus, feedback and some new ideas (January 2012: What motivates my mantra ‘fun, focus and feedback’ and some ideas to innovate on this blog in 2012)

All other posts

  1. 50 shades of influence (various ways you can influence people e.g. to embark on agile KM)
  2. A knowledge management primer (1): KM as simple as ABC (the ABC of KM, first of a KM alphabet primer series)
  3. A knowledge management primer (2): DEFGHI (from data to information)
  4. A knowledge management primer (3): JKLMNO (from journey to open)
  5. A knowledge management primer (4): PQRSTU (from people to unlearning)
  6. A knowledge management primer (5): VWXYZ (from vision to zombies)
  7. A simple KM and communication strategy… with double focus on the context  (a practical and simple example of KM strategy that works on dynamics)
  8. A tribute to KM4Dev: how it transformed my life and how I hope to share the magic (The title says it all no?)
  9. All the mistakes you make, all the promises you break… in your events (what you should avoid when designing a conference/event)
  10. Anatomy of learning: how we (individuals) make sense of information (building a framework about learning conversations, between individuals and collectives)
  11. And then it struck me: MUSIC!!! (How music can, should and does play a role in events and KM generally)
  12. At the IKM table: linearity, participation, accountability and individual agency on the practice-based change menu (1) (reflections from the final workshop organised by IKM-Emergent about the key themes of the programme)
  13. At the IKM Table (2): individual agency vs. organisational remit, accountability and impact pathways for the future of IKM-Emergent  (second part of the reflections from the final workshop organised by IKM-Emergent about the key themes of the programme)
  14. Back on monitoring learning, from social media to impact (how to combine social media monitors with impact assessment gurus?)
  15. Blogging for what? For reflecting, for sharing, for learning, for synthesising, for… (why I find blogging useful)
  16. Capacity development, organisational development, institutional change – The extended happy families of engagement – a follow-up blog post to ‘communication, KM, monitoring and learning’ focusing on the wider engagement families and some trends affecting engagement
  17. Capacity for change (some ideas to change the way we do capacity development)
  18. Channelling energy: how do we realise, transform and accomplish ourselves? (an oblique reflection about what gives us energy, which I think is key to working effectively and living harmoniously)
  19. Communication, KM, monitoring, learning – The happy families of engagement (a much praised post)
  20. Communication, strategy and revolution (includes by far my most popular Slideshare presentation: a checklist to develop communication strategies)
  21. Complexity in multi-stakeholder processes – how to manage, facilitate or navigate around it? (how a complexity-aware mindset helps facilitating multi-stakeholder processes)
  22. Cultivating healthy human systems from the roots of the problem: fear and (lack of) self-confidence (These two are major hurdles on the way to improving life)
  23. Cycles, circles and ripples of learning (one of the most viewed posts from this list)
  24. Development is CAPACITY (to move all together through learning loops) Global development is all about strengthening social learning and caring
  25. Devons-nous rester SA-GE ? (about the future of the Francophone community of practice on knowledge management in development work)
  26. Don’t want to understand KM? Don’t bother, business as usual is the best thing ever 🙂 (all the challenges that KM can help solve – with FUN)
  27. Do we *need* to disagree? Or rather acknowledge our different perspectives? (how important is conflict and disagreement?)
  28. Do you suffer from acute ‘meetingitis virtuales’? Here’s some antidote (how to cope with uninterrupted virtual meetings)
  29. Email management and deflecting the unavoidable (some tips from personal and others’ experience in dealing with email overflow)
  30. Enabling change: a manager’s choice (and a leader’s decision) (what managers can do about ‘change management’ and how they can move that beyond to genuine change leadership)
  31. Every little step you take is magic (well it can be if it’s purposeful (celebrate your every little step forward to change, but make these steps purposefully)
  32. Except in KM, accepting KM (reflections about a KM workshop I did for a very innovative network of social entrepreneurs)
  33. Experiential learning and the power of questions in motion (Ramblings and mumblings around…) (reflections about diverse strands of conversations around experiential learning, learning loops and complexity)
  34. Facilitation (some principles I derived from my own practice to do better facilitation of workshops & events)
  35. Facilitation and collective action back on the menu… big time! (some links to useful new directions for facilitation for me)
  36. Fast flow vs. slow space – pacing matters (Intro post about a KMers Twitter chat on balancing fast-consuming information and slow space for reflection)
  37. Feel complexity, think ‘Tradeoffs’ and follow the flow (why tradeoffs should be at the centre of all our reflections in complex knowledge work)
  38. From ego-tripping to ego-rippling: the knowledge ego-logy paradigm (for me, the key behind the success of social media, let’s rub it in)
  39. From pervasive attention to purposeful intention (the rituals of learning) (sharpen your learning with purpose, intention and seeking perpetual improvement)
  40. G(r)o(w)ing organically and the future of monitoring (perhaps useful principles to make M&E relevant)
  41. Gardening in organisations: how to cultivate expertise and make it blossom (a popular post – self-explanatory contents)
  42. “Get me trained and I’ll become a superhero!” I mean, come on… (why one-off training is certainly not a panacea and KM prioritises other capacity development methods)
  43. GET ON social media: get past the ‘push’ and ‘password’ hurdles (it matters to understand social media are about pull and how to manage passwords)
  44. Get personal: KM closer, together, for the bigger picture (under-rated reflections about what KM should be about)
  45. Getting to ‘wow’ with public speaking and presenting (a presentation introducing tips and tricks on giving presentations)
  46. Global information systems, between the info monster ‘Charybdis’ and ghost town ‘Scylla’ (Why too many information systems become irrelevant and/or dead because of unmanageable expectations)
  47. Good bye acute meetingitis! Plan your day-to-day meetings as a true KMer… (how to reclaim your time from all badly planned and handled day-to-day meetings)
  48. Great and poor metaphors for knowledge, learning and change (critically examining some typical KM and learning metaphors)
  49. Harnessing the power of introverts – a LinkedIn discussion (Summary of a LinkedIn group discussion on how to harness the power of introverts when facilitating events, linked to a Ted Talk by Susan Cain)
  50. How do I describe my ‘work in KM’? (My sales pitch about what I do)
  51. How to navigate complexity in M&E and where KM can help (a Prezi about this given at a retreat)
  52. I WANT (YOU) TO CHANGE! Yes but how? (describing the pathways of individual change)
  53. In a complex world, it’s all about process… or is it? (why, in this age of recognized complexity, process (and generalists) matters but so do specialists
  54. Institutional memory (making) and learning across project silos (how to ensure lessons are learned across projects)…
  55. International Women’s (knowledge sharing) Day – why women are perhaps the ultimate social learners of the 21st century
  56. Jungian types, personality pigeonholing and finding my pathway and ‘contribution’ (interesting Myers-Briggs reflections and my ‘contribution statement’ as my wish to making my life meaningful)
  57. Killing my darlings: the workshop (seriously, it’s time to revisit the use of workshops for sharing and learning, and advancing new grounds!)
  58. KISS my comms (one example of project that went to the very bare essentials of communication)
  59. KM and politics… an agile ‘House of Cards’? (some lessons from the series ‘House of Cards’ about politics in/and KM)
  60. KM for Development Journal news, zooming in on the facilitation of multi-stakeholder processes (the December 2013 issue of the journal and related questions).
  61. KM stepping stones – exit induction (what happens when someone leaves an organisation to enter another one, my KM reflections about this very process applied to me)
  62. KMers navigating between fast flow and slow space (summary of another interesting KMers Twitter chat which I facilitated)
  63. Knowledge management – a visual guided tour of ‘KM as a mindset’ (based on a comprehensive presentation I gave on KM)
  64. Knowledge management, social media and ecology – the complexity of three sessions (218, 206 & 173) (reflections from the second global agricultural share fair with very interesting sessions – worth a read I think)
  65. Knowledge Management… the fountain of resilience, adaptation, innovation and sustainability (and buzzwords!) (How KM really is at the source of looking at the next challenges, but these challenges bring new challenges about)
  66. Learning-blind development (aid) and the missed opportunities for a real difference (all the ways that learning could really boost development aid)
  67. Linking knowledge management with monitoring and evaluation (based on a seminar about differences and overlaps between KM & M&E)
  68. M&E of KM: the phoenix of KM is showing its head again – how to tackle it? (much liked post with various ideas about how to do more effective M&E of KM)
  69. Managing contacts, as impossibly as knowledge flows? (why CRM is notoriously difficult to implement successfully, in development organisations)
  70. Managing or facilitating change, not just a question of words (A very popular post. Shouldn’t we embrace change proactively rather than fear it reactively?)
  71. Mind your culture, and mind that I don’t mind it 😉 (What to do about the all-evanescent and all-powerful concept of culture in KM?)
  72. Modern musings on a KM evergreen: institutional memory (how to develop a collective memory in the social age?)
  73. Moving conversations up the trust ladder… and scale of influence (every little conversation is a chance to influence change in a positive way)
  74. Musings about learning about action about change in an Exchange (reflections about a Knowledge Exchange where we tried to go through a triple loop learning process)
  75. New words for a new world (of networked learning) (some neologisms to make sense of our networked world)
  76. Of partnerships, DEEP and wide (how to tackle partnerships genuinely and effectively)
  77. ‘Open’ as default, not the exception – oh, and please get over your self importance 😉 (why keeping stuff open by default shouldn’t be that scary)
  78. Opportunity costs of documentation and how to make it work… (why documentation matters, but not all of it, all the time, and what we can do about it)
  79. Peter and Justin: when and how does information make sense? (revisiting the age-old KM paradigm: the right information to the right people at the right time)
  80. Portrait of the modern knowledge worker (A popular hit, listed on the World Bank’s KM portal – what are the skills and attitude required to be an effective knowledge worker nowadays)
  81. Power your communication with ‘KM inside’ (how KM fuels all communication functions through information management, knowledge sharing and critical thinking/learning)
  82. Profile of the social learning hero (the key characteristics of the social learning process actor)
  83. Put your knowledge work on turbo mode: Ask for help! (proactively seeking help is a sure way to bump up your knowledge work quality)
  84. Putting learning loops and cycles in practice – a more pragmatic way on single/double/triple loop learning
  85. Question your education and educate your questions (the crucial power of questions)
  86. Reaping the seeds of change: how KM can open up conversations – the Except case, four months later (a follow-up post to ‘Except in KM, accepting KM’, revisiting the very interesting results of the KM workshop I gave for Except)
  87. Rethinking facilitation and engagement (some ideas about how I intend to really think differently about workshop/process design)
  88. Revisiting the links between communication and knowledge management (following a KM4Dev conversation about this, teasing out differences and complementarities)
  89. Ripples of influence in a CoP, moving through the 90-9-1 rule (how stepping down from the KM4Dev core group could offer other -possibly more powerful- ways to influence that CoP)
  90. Sailing along ‘pattern currents’ in the sea of change (why patterns matter so much in our world and what can we do to spot them more easily)
  91. Seeking success, finding failures: work in development (why we are still at a loss to justify our success in development work)
  92. Settling the eternal semantic debate: what is knowledge, what is information… (a very popular post because of the interest around the DIKW pyramid – though I criticise it here)
  93. Share your questions: The personal effectiveness and knowledge survey (I still think, one of my best ideas – alas never implemented but it could still happen)
  94. Social learning in climate change – Of buckets, loops and social LSD? (main insights from a great workshop on social learning and communication in climate change)
  95. Social media for empowerment – a guide for African climate change workers (about the social media guide for climate change practitioners in Africa and how social media can support empowerment)
  96. Social web metrics: between the cracks of evidence and confidence (what are we trying to achieve with online content and what metrics can do about this)
  97. The (social) economics of gift and burying “knowledge is power” once and for all (based on Seth Godin’s Linchpin book, how giving is changing power patterns)
  98. The birth of a thought and the life-times of a concept How ideas come about and how timing matters a lot to be taken up.
  99. The chemistry of magical facilitation (1) – mind the BOSSY HERALD (10 years of experience in facilitation and the first of a series of four posts dedicated to tracking the secrets behind great event design and facilitation)
  100. The chemistry of magical facilitation (2) – put the BOSSY HERALD to play for you (Past the stage of political event design, how to apply your event design at large)
  101. The chemistry of magical facilitation (2b) – And play more with the BOSSY HERALD! (How participants, venue, conversation dynamics and the content of the event matter for the design too)
  102. The death of nice communities of practice? (why some CoPs should die and nice is the new poison, and why not…)
  103. The gifts of attention in the garden of knowledge: presence, engagement and investment (how knowledge work requires our attention in its different dimensions)
  104. The lessons I learned about lessons learned (annotated summary of a KM4Dev discussion about lessons learned databases)
  105. The little secrets of collaboration: How you make me feel (is the start and end point of collaboration)
  106. The little secrets of collaboration: Assume good intent (and address intentions)
  107. The little secrets of collaboration: The opaque, empathetic, talking-listening balancing act (listen intently, and speak up too!)
  108. The little secrets of collaboration: When empathy finally flips ‘Me’ over to ‘We’ (how empathy changes our focus and creates space for genuine collaboration)
  109. The ‘meta’ reflex, that little knowledge ‘extra’ that makes a difference (a simple and little mechanism to apply every time for maximum returns)
  110. The most difficult job in the world? (why the job of communication and KM specialists is particularly difficult and does not get much credit)
  111. The path to wisdom is paved with effectiveness, focus, humility and empathy (how to reach wisdom)
  112. The power of three learning approaches and their combination? Capitalising, systematising, documenting processes and experiences (indicated as useful posts by some people working in Francophone and/or Spanish-speaking areas: what is the difference between capitalisation (FR), sistematizacion (ES) and process documentation (EN)
  113. The role of positive deviants in organisations (how unique behaviours can show us new pathways to change and learning in development knowledge work)
  114. The uneasy step from conflict management to collaboration (a presentation about conflict management)
  115. The wealth of communities of practice – pointers to assess networked value (how in KM4Dev we are suggesting a framework to assess the value of CoPs)
  116. Through the blissful darkness of ignorance, with concepts-lights at my side (the concepts guiding my exploration of learning and knowledge work, as of mid 2012)
  117. Top KM influencer on Twitter? Why and what then? I was surprisingly selected as #23 top KM influencer on Twitter by MindTouch. How did that happen and what does it mean an imply?
  118. TRUST is the truth (the single most important variable in the knowledge age, economy, work, world)
  119. Use PACMAN to beat information overload and fix filter failures! My heuristic and tips/tricks to manage information and stay on top
  120. Walking my talk: “quick and dirty”… on the edge of knowledge (why I believe in quick and dirty, the cousin of  ‘safe failing’)
  121. Welcome to the UN-world! (Let’s rewire it) (What motivates un-conferences, un-learning, un-books and why we should focus otherwise on rethinking our world)
  122. What a great KM champion leader does (all the little smart moves of a KM leader)
  123. What comms/KM functions for what results? (How to come up with a series of important comms/KM functions to achieve your objectives)
  124. What do I DO about learning? (explaining in detail what practices I have around learning, conversations and documentation ie. my definition of KM)
  125. What is common knowledge about knowledge? A visual tour… (8 pictorials about knowledge and what worth they are)
  126. What is good in a project? (projects are the de-facto development intervention, how to best capitalise on them?)
  127. What is KM? Really… (another attempt at explaining this elusive concept)
  128. What is learning (my best Prezi and a comprehensive overview of what learning encompasses and means to me)
  129. What really is the value of feedback? (how can we dare deprive ourselves of such a simple yet powerful mechanism?)
  130. What’s really new about social learning? (how social learning is not exactly like other related participatory approaches but builds upon it)
  131. What the heck is knowledge anyways: from commodity to capacity and insights (a post reacting to KM4Dev conversation about ‘knowledge banks’ where I tried to nail down the idea of knowledge as capacity+insights, as opposed to knowledge as a commodity)
  132. What the *tweet* do we know (about monitoring/assessing KM)? (a summary of a very interesting KMers Twitter chat on M&E of KM, which I facilitated)
  133. What to expect from a workshop – blinding, bridging and binding experiences? A post following a Twitter conversation about connecting, learning and finding inspiration in a workshop and how it all works.
  134. What to put in a KM training, off the random top of my head (what I would expect in a training course on KM for development)
  135. Who wants to be the next network member, actor, leader? (what makes people move from being passive network members to active leaders)
  136. Why on earth would you want to be on Twitter? (for Twitter skeptics who might reconsider their position, as a sound evidence-based approach)
  137. Women, youth, disabled, minorities… learning and sharing with all that we are (how we can use our minority identity to our advantage in learning and sharing)
  138. (You’re not welcome) On the dark side of co-facilitation (what are some traps in co-facilitating an event and how to get over it).

Older, not so relevant posts:

  1. A frame to work with learning alliances? (Just an idea to think in a more structured way about this particular type of multi-stakeholder processes – not really relevant if you don’t work with multiple stakeholder processes)
  2. A tiny little bowl full of talking fish – A ShareFair “day 0″ session (Reflections about how to use the facilitation method ‘fishbowl/Samoan circle’)
  3. Amis francophones, à vos stylos… KM4D journal French issue (not topical any longer)
  4. Back on track – with my face in a new place (not so interesting)
  5. Blogging, and the value of continually learning from patterns: take 2 (more about why I find blogging useful)
  6. Breadcrumbs and building blocks (not so interesting)
  7. Capitalising on process documentation – and changing names please! (older post, not so interesting)
  8. Catching up and cooking on (not so interesting)
  9. Communicating inside to learn outside? (older post, not so interesting
  10. Connecting the nodes: how a resource centre can make itself essential (quite specialised, not so interesting)
  11. Emergence through energy? (older post, not so interesting)
  12. Genesis of a confusiastic blog (thus my first ever post – really not that interesting)
  13. How do you do? How do you do-cument? (perhaps not so interesting)
  14. IKM emergency (very focused on the IKM-Emergent research programme – not so interesting for non-members)
  15. IKM-convergent? Annual programme meeting, Wageningen, day 1 (ditto here)
  16. (Im)Proving the value of knowledge work: A KMers chat on monitoring / assessing knowledge management (the introduction to a very interesting Twitter conversation on M&E of KM – summary of that convo under ‘what the tweet do we know…’)
  17. Key reflections on KM (an old post relating to Margaret Wheatley’s complexity writings)
  18. KM4D journal issue on learning, KM and collaboration in the water sector (this is not topical any more)
  19. KM4DEV 2009, a few weeks later (out of date now)
  20. Knowledge management and learning (an old post emphasising the limitations of KM without learning)
  21. Learning for sale in the WASH sector (old, not so interesting)
  22. Learning with a sector (old, not so interesting)
  23. Live and direct from Almada: from KM4DEV to learning4change? (out of date, not so interesting)
  24. Live and direct from Rome – blogging & tweeting at the ShareFair and KM4Dev 2011  (related to the event, not so interesting any more)
  25. Looking back to move forward (looking back at the first five months of 2012 on my blog with key patterns and next trends)
  26. Managing “le savoir” (about the SA-GE community of practice)
  27. M(a)y tweets and June bits (not interesting)
  28. Many great entries and many happy returns!!! (not so interesting)
  29. Merry Christmas – see you next year! (closing 2011 – includes a top 10 of most read posts in 2011)
  30. Process documentation – Sandbox to influence donors? (not so interesting)
  31. SA-GE – un moment charnière dans la vie du réseau ? (the francophone community of practice at a moment of truth)
  32. Sector learning – scouting in the dark (not so interesting)
  33. Share Fair Addis: Fishbowl and fishbowl battle (more reflections about the facilitation method ‘fishbowl’ – you might lack the context to understand this one)
  34. Summer tweets in the feverish heat (not so interesting)
  35. That PD thing again (old post about process documentation – not so interesting)
  36. The change alliance (about the launch of a portal on multi-stakeholder processes)
  37. The future of Resource Centres (very specific to working with resource centre networks, perhaps not so interesting)
  38. The Giraffe (IKM-Emergent research programme blog)
  39. The one true KM challenge (a badly explained very important challenge of KM, an early post)
  40. Top people in bottom up times (one of my early popular posts, about modern leadership)
  41. Twitter noise… sorting it out (not so interesting)
  42. Twitter survey results: who tweets most (about work)? (I was wondering who was using Twitter where and how)
  43. Une communauté de pratique francophone – duplicating my identity or celebrating our diversity? (reflections at the start of the francophone community of practice on knowledge management for development, SA-GE)
  44. Using dissent as a driver (does disagreement tend to enrich conversations or not?)
  45. What should be the next topic for a stock-taking post? (out of date)
  46. When KM becomes so relatively unimportant… (when I became a father)
  47. Where to start with chaos and order? (an old post about complexity and chaos, not very well structured)

Disclaimer: the ideas, opinions, views expressed in this blog in no way represent the official view, policy or strategy of the International Livestock Institute/ILRI. They represent my personal opinion (Ewen Le Borgne) and I invite you to either comment on this blog publicly or to get back to me personally on e.leborgne[at]cgiar.org to clarify or discuss any issue about the ideas exposed in this blog.

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  1. That is a very good tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere.

    Simple but very precise info… Thanks for sharing this one.
    A must read post!

  2. Thank you for your comment Bonnie!
    Very prompt to reply, as usual, and your feedback is really valuable. There is such a fine thread separating relevant blogging (and blogging about blogging) from deafly ego-logical blabbering that it helps to get others’ points of view on our own work and ideas.



  3. Ewen, I’m glad you did this but do I ever have a reading list now! 🙂 Seriously, as I did not begin following you back in 2007, this is a good prompt to explore the wider body of your work. Perhaps more ‘long-term’ writers should do this periodically.

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