Moving conversations up the trust ladder… and scale of influence


At the end of the day, as some would say (‘KM is about increasing the quality and frequency of conversations that get your job done’), in KM it’s all about conversations. Conversations of contact-making (contextual webs) Conversations of meaning-making Conversations of joint exploration Conversations of co-creation (in events and otherwise) Conversations of trust building Conversations of […]

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 […]

Scaling, pacing, staging and patterning… Navigating fractal change through space and time


Change, change, change! So many clichés about change, so much ado about a big thing, so many ways to look at it and so many barriers to it! And just so it’s clear: I’m talking about social change (see some pictures about this concept), i.e. change that involves humans and their behaviour, as opposed to […]

Musings about learning about action about change in an Exchange


Last week I was on the premises of the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) in the UK co-facilitating an interesting Knowledge Exchange about ‘Acting on what we know and how we learn for climate and development policy‘. Together with fellow co-facilitators Pete Cranston and Carl Jackson and with the benediction of the CGIAR research program […]

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 […]

Life after KM?


After so many years working on knowledge management I have grown tired of the term (and even finding it an oxymoron). I like to refer to ‘KM’ because it rolls easily in the tongue, but when I look around at other people that also work explicitly on KM, it gives me the impression that we […]

A new year of fun, focus, feedback and some new ideas


Happy 2012! I wish you a year of great health, love, success but particularly of fun, focus and feedback! This has been my mantra for the past two years and I’ll stick to it for another year. And this year’s full of more than just fun focus and feedback. But before looking at some ideas for […]

Capacity development, organisational development, institutional change – The extended happy families of engagement


Encouraged by your comments on the post ‘Communication, KM, monitoring, learning – The happy families of engagement’, here is a follow up post attempting to complete the picture of the families of engagement. And despite my immediately previous post, this is the real final blog post for 2011. So, the three main branches of the […]

From evil-inflexible to fantastic-elastic, the not-so-simple shades of willingness to change


In an era of change, it seems very easy and almost officially appropriate to criticise the resistance to change (1) of some people, or simply their need for structure, their uninspired inflexibility. On the other hand, it seems indicated to praise the elasticity of others’ minds – the liquid minds – as they are naturals […]

Channelling energy: how do we realise, transform and accomplish ourselves?


For once let’s step aside from the KM and learning world and focus on something that matters to us all: keeping our energy up. This has obvious implications for knowledge and learning work too. At work and in life we often have ups and downs, fuelled by the circumstances (the environment) that affect us but […]