Email management and deflecting the unavoidable


Somehow, emails are not really part of what I would consider a KM infostructure, even though in practice they are essential, with apparently 62 billions of emails shared every day. So, some word of advice about email management might help. But there’s plenty out there. Hey, wait! A knowledge management professional should be able to […]

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) […]

The tool obsession, a serious(ly) childish posture…


In my work around agile KM, I use a lot of tools for learning, sharing, documenting. I have yet to blog about the bouquet of tools that I use. In this post, I’m ranting against the biggest illusion of all in this field of business: the sacrosanct worship of tools. Tools are what every serious person wants […]

Tinkering with tools: LinkedIn, where networking and problem-solving gets professional


LinkedIn is a popular social network and it has been around for a while. Most people know about it. And yet most people don’t seem to really know what to do with it. LinkedIn the opaque social network? So what about LinkedIn? Let’s look at three aspects of LinkedIn: its functionalities (what it offers to do), […]

Tinkering with tools: What’s up with Yammer?


Perhaps as part of this new-year-new-ideas frenzy, I am starting a new type of posts, next to the series of shoot-posts, the ‘Tinkering with tools’ (TwT) series will not be so much technical as oriented towards the user experience of tools: how we use and adapt social tools to fit our practice. In this first […]

Rethinking facilitation and engagement


Time to sharpen my skills! And get to do what I like doing best: dreaming up creative solutions! Since I will have to facilitate a lot of events in my upcoming function, it is a good time to think about workshop facilitation methods and approaches I have been using and might want to make use […]

Storytelling: Taking stock


Stories have been the rage in the knowledge field lately. Hold on… Stories have been the rage in the field of human beings for ever! KM or not, it doesn’t matter, stories are part of our hard-wiring. We were born for stories. Which is what makes this stock-taking post quite a daunting challenge. And yet, […]

Share Fair Addis: Fishbowl and fishbowl battle


O(h) now I know how to use the Fishbowl  methodology in another way. The Addis Ababa AgKnowledge Africa ShareFair (1) has just started and on this day 0 (2), a host of training sessions have been organised. Together with the KM4Dev group (Charles Dhewa, Gauri Salokhe, Roxana Samii, Pete Cranston) I am fighting for a […]

Twitter survey results: who tweets most (about work)?


The best evidence you can get is the one you go get yourself. Well, in theory anyway… But it certainly helps to get to first hand data. I was recently wondering about all those quality tweeters that seem to really spend a lot of time posting excellent resources, asking good questions, answering others’, sharing the […]

What is learning?


Time for new stuff!!! Ah, love the learning! After over three weeks hectic weeks that kept me away from blogging, I’m happy to finally be back on the (WordPress) dashboard to share some recent work. And the biggest item on a long list of ‘to blog’ is this presentation that I just prepared about learning. […]