What are you waiting for? Become a knowledge manager NOW!


Suffering from email overload? Spending too much time finding information you need? Feeling isolated and need to meet new people? Annoyed by the fact you may be reinventing the wheel a little all too often? Stuck in old habits and interested in new ways of working? Want to work more smartly and get more out of your time? […]

The key to success in the networked age? Just look around and be humbled


(Another older post that I just finalise here before I get on with new stuff based on your feedback) When I was a child, one of the sayings that finger-wagging adults liked to throw at me and fellow little people was that ‘la curiosité est un vilain défaut’ – Curiosity killed the cat. How much […]

What are we waiting for to walk our talk (on KM and comms)?


Back on the blog after a three-week pause related to important developments in my personal life. Still floating a bit and my blogging practice needs to be oiled up again, but I have some ideas of stuff to blog about, starting with: Why don’t more KM and comms specialists actually walk their own talk? The […]

Development is CAPACITY (to move all together through learning loops)


Yes: Global development (#globaldev) is glocal capacity – to move from single to triple loop learning, all together… It just dawned on me in all its patent obviousness as I was running last weekend. Of course it’s more complicated than that, and global development is made of various distinct components: ensuring safer homes, having sustainable […]

Use PACMAN to beat information overload and fix filter failures!


So much information out there! How to keep up with it? Such filter failures (Clay Shirky would -allegedly- say) in the way we process information bubbles! How can we fix these? So little time to do so much! Where lies our salvation from the digital flood? People around me are constantly grappling with this: my […]

What to put in a KM training, off the random top of my head


I was never trained on KM. I just learned it by doing. Errrr, I am learning it by doing. But if I was trained in agile KM next week, what would I love to find in such a training? Some people are wondering about exactly that on KM4Dev right now. So, let me think about this […]

Spur of the moment or long term purpose: when pinballs meet bulldozers


In working environments, one of the conundrums in personal and organisational knowledge management is the balance between following one’s ‘spur of the moment’ intuition and pursuing one’s longer term intent and purpose. Planning and executing work then becomes a game of pinballs and bulldozers, where pinballs are projected in all directions, attracted by signals and […]

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) […]

Believe in empowerment? Then just do it!


A little rant/shoot here. Development work is (IMHO) all about empowerment: finding ways to become fully aware of one’s choices in one’s own livelihood, to become capable to make these choices and to proactively develop this liberty of choice and action so as to continually adapt to ever changing challenges – through learning. Development cooperation […]

Portrait of the modern knowledge worker


The concept of ‘knowledge worker’ which Peter Drucker coined in 1959, is perhaps not so clear (as shown again in a recent LinkedIn discussion – access potentially limited) and can be understood at least in two different ways: dedicated and other knowledge workers. Dedicated knowledge workers are the persons whose job it is to organise ‘knowledge work’, in relation […]