The ‘personal’ factor, beyond the human factor in KM


Get the people right! That’s what KM is all about, that’s what most social jobs are all about. Sounds obvious doesn’t it? Yet we still stick our heads in the sands and pretend that our plans and logical frameworks are more important than simple human-to-human relationships… Think about it: How many times did personal connections […]

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 […]

KM for Development Journal news, zooming in on the facilitation of multi-stakeholder processes


Some news about the Knowledge Management for Development Journal, for which I’m a senior editor: the upcoming issue (May 2013) is just about to be released and will be the first open access issue again after three years of commercial hosting by Taylor and Francis. This is a really welcome move – back to open knowledge […]

I WANT (YOU) TO CHANGE! Yes but how?


There’s a lot written about change, change processes, change management, behaviour change, social change etc. This week again Chris Collison was wondering about what’s stopping us from putting knowledge into action, or in other words, from knowing to changing. This is a bit of an attempt to synthesise the pathways to personal (behaviour) change. What […]

Reducing complexity to a workshop? Wake & step up!


A short shoot post today. The white screen syndrome is kinda hitting me at the moment. But one thing is coming to mind: the delusion of packing the complexity of multi-faceted, multi-stakeholder, multi-perspective programs into planning activities in a planning workshop of one, two or even three days. I have recently facilitated a number of […]

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) […]

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 […]

Through the blissful darkness of ignorance, with concepts-lights at my side


Ignorance is bliss So they say, and truly I can relate to this saying. Knowing all the details of sordid stories, knowing all the issues that await us when tackling a problem is not always the best guarantee for action. Sometimes it causes the paralysis of fear or concern… Ignorance is also the mother of […]

Harvesting insights (3): Agile KM, between stealth and big bang


A few days before summer holidays in ‘la douce France’, here’s a post that summarises a number of insights from working around knowledge management and my later interest in ‘agile KM’ – for the sake of simplicity I will just talk about KM but for myself care about agile KM. This post is about how […]

Stop judging and move on, because we all do (follow the seeds of change)


Have you ever found it unfair that people put you in a straitjacket and failed to recognise your complex personality? Have you ever truly tried to change one part of yourself and managed to do so? Do you perhaps value intent more than actual results? This post is about all that. About the fact that […]