The gifts of attention in the garden of knowledge: presence, engagement and investment


This year as ever – no, more than ever! – our attention will be a battleground for all kinds of media and dissemination channels pumping out ‘stuff’ whether legitimate, wanted, useful, applicable, or not. With an attention span that is currently estimated at a staggering 8.25 seconds, no wonder that our books, papers, articles, communities […]

How social can you be?


Let me keep this short, and in question style… Is the internet all about being social? Doesn’t it wear us out? Doesn’t it keep brilliant introverts away from the action? Doesn’t it turn us into online social animals but offline antisocial beasts? Are we not living and going through life increasingly alone? Also, does ‘going social’ mean […]

My KM year’s insights, top posts… and a Merry Christmas!!!


That time of the year, when we are packing up for holiday and family celebrations. A good reflective time though the festivities can make it harder than summer holidays to find time to reflect. As I’m just about to also take a few days off, here is what I’ve observed in my KM (for development […]

Why on earth would you want to be on Twitter?


Given the cutting-edge experience of my personal learning network (yes, you, who follow this blog and whom I’m following on various social media generally) this question seems strange, but there are many Twitter skeptics out there. It’s great! Long live the skeptics! Long live their ability to raise important questions… that is, so long as […]

At the edges of knowledge work, the new beacons of ever-sharper collective intelligence


Modern knowledge workers don’t really exist. Not with all the highly desirable features we may want them to have. But breaking down what such a super human should do into distinct functions could be a good start to training us all at becoming better knowledge workers. I noted a few of these functions in the […]

Open knowledge, working out loud, sharing ideas and our mind at large


A simple and small shoot: to open our mind out large… I always wanted (and still do) to try the experiment of accepting with one or more persons – for a given limited time – to give each other the option to check at absolutely any time what the other is thinking about and to accept […]

The constant knowledge gardener


If we live in a true knowledge ecology (and the idea is not new as you can see here and there), nature lets its children grow naturally. Yet gardening can help boost some results – without going into the ins and outs of a possible knowledge conservation agriculture. Time to revisit the gardening metaphor perhaps and to think […]

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 […]

Welcome to the UN-world! (Let’s rewire it)


(And – for your pleasure or your disappointment – this is not about the United Nations, although  there is much to blog about the UN system too, on KM and other issues). This is one post I meant to draft a long time ago, but my question is still here: why are we creating this […]