The top 10 posts of 2016 on this blog


It’s that time of the year again. I’m going on leave right before Christmas and won’t (likely) resurface before January 2017.

So as usual with my ‘point in time’ blog posts, here’s the top 10 blog posts, but this time with the special emphasis on looking back at the whole year. 2016 has been a less prolific blogging year for me with about 21 posts published ‘only’, though on the other hand I’ve also made a real splash with ‘Agile facilitation‘ my other blog dedicated to facilitation for collective action.

In any case, here is the top 10 posts for 2016. Only a couple of blog posts published this year (marked in bold) made it to this top 10, which is a reflection of my less disciplined blogging this year, and perhaps also that the quality of my blogging is declining ha ha ha?

  1. Knowledge management in cartoons – A selection
  2. Managing or facilitating change, not just a question of words
  3. Share Fair Addis: Fishbowl and fishbowl battle
  4. A knowledge management primer (1): KM as simple as ABC
  5. Putting learning loops and cycles in practice
  6. Merry Christmas! (Credits: Nuwandalice / FlickR)

    Merry Christmas! (Credits: Nuwandalice / FlickR)

    Settling the eternal semantic debate: what is knowledge, what is information…

  7. Revisiting the links between communication and knowledge management
  8. Portrait of the modern knowledge worker
  9. Good bye acute meetingitis! Plan your day-to-day meetings as a true KMer…
  10. Learning cycle basics and more: Taking stock

With this post, that’s it for me in 2016.

See you in 2017 with hopefully renewed energy, ideas, enthusiasm, here and on Agile facilitation!

Have a merry Christmas!

 

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Merry Christmas and may peace and sparks be with you, children and learners of the world


2014 has been heralded by UNICEF as a ‘devastating year for children’ given their involvement in global conflicts, at an unprecedented scale.

So, as we approach Christmas, I dedicate this to all the children of the world, hoping they find some peace of body, mind and soul for the end of this dramatic year, and for the one coming.

I also hope that they find the spark that unleashes their amazingly creative and constructive energy, that they get taken by the beauty of the world around them, and that, as the incredible learners that they are, they keep the hunger for discovery and spark of life kindled for ever…

Merry Christmas to all children of the world !!!

Like children, we adults are also learners, only we get complacent at thinking we know enough at times, and our memory is finite and already full of stuff so keeping track of stuff we learn is perhaps a bit harder. But this is not the place and time for a post on adult learning.

I want to thank all of you who kept the spark of curiosity, interest, generosity from your inner child to also engage with this blog and probably many conversations, spaces, people around. I keep this blog up also for you and thank you for the time you’re taking a peek or having a chat here 🙂

Here is the end-of-year overview of most popular posts (your posts), doubled with my personal selection of posts from this year.

Most popular 2014 posts (in bold, posts actually written this year):

  1. Managing or facilitating change, not just a question of words
  2. What is common knowledge about knowledge? A visual tour…
  3. Tinkering with tools: What’s up with Yammer?
  4. Settling the eternal semantic debate: what is knowledge, what is information…
  5. The death of nice communities of practice?
  6. Portrait of the modern knowledge worker
  7. Putting learning loops and cycles in practice
  8. Scaling, pacing, staging and patterning… Navigating fractal change through space and time
  9. Complexity in multi-stakeholder processes – how to manage, facilitate or navigate around it?
  10. What the heck is knowledge anyway: from commodity to capacity and insights

Other posts from 2014 that you might have overlooked:

  1. I share because I care! (very short and simple reasons to share knowledge and information)
  2. KM… the extra mile that saves (y)our time (Yes KM asks a little more of you, but for your own time’s sake, later, or someone else’s)
  3. With KM, life, it’s all in the attitude, so ‘JUST DO IT’ (Nike does it) (Stop nagging and change things around you)
  4. Do you suffer from acute ‘meetingitis virtuales’? Here’s some antidote (how to cope with uninterrupted virtual meetings)
  5. How social can you be? (questioning the definition of our ‘über-social’ model)
  6. Complexity in aid: An interview (by Ben Ramalingam) with Jaap Pels (featuring someone else’s interview here – obviously with their consent he he)
  7. Killing my darlings: the workshop (seriously, it’s time to revisit the use of workshops for sharing and learning, and advancing new grounds!)
  8. Use PACMAN to beat information overload and fix filter failures! My heuristic and tips/tricks to manage information and stay on top
  9. Development is CAPACITY (to move all together through learning loops) Global development is all about strengthening social learning and caring
  10. KM and politics… an agile ‘House of Cards’? (some lessons from the series ‘House of Cards’ about politics in/and KM)

And with this I want to also wish you a…
Merry Christmas!

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


What reflections and patterns come up in the KM world anno 2013 (Credits - Ekkaia / FlickR)

What reflections and patterns come up in the KM world anno 2013 (Credits – Ekkaia / FlickR)

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 [research]) world this year.

  • KM is not dead, it is more than alive! And more and more people are joining KM forums, discussion lists, communities of practice (3500 people on KM4Dev!!!). See some of these forums and networks here. It’s booming business.
  • Big data has been all over the place of course and is going to keep going strong as software applications are able to process increasingly fathomless data sets. However the question of who decides how to analyse that data remains most of the time unclear. A slightly similar development as the explosion of ICT applications in ag business which needs to be channelled and solicited by some demand… which is why, for the big data revolution to really offer its fruits…
  • Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) is gaining ground (credits - Harold Jarche)

    Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) is gaining ground (credits – Harold Jarche)

    …the recognition of knowledge workers is also gaining ground. We need capacity to analyse data, to make sense of it. So we need to be individually stronger at analysing our world. This means that on the one hand PKM (see this presentation by Stephen Dale on personal knowledge management) is gaining ground – with the idea that everyone in the organisation can contribute their energy, capacity, network to solve problems and that…

  • …On the other hand, more efforts in the KM world are coming up to federate, rally, convene minds and hearts to solve complex interrelated issues. These ‘change conversation’ spaces have to be facilitated – no longer managed. So KM is being stretched on its individual (PKM) and on its holistic frontier, when it used to focus mostly on organisational learning (see the presentation below)
  • Generally networked KM dynamics is taking central stage as everyone is wondering how those dynamics can stimulate innovation, ideation and (inter-) institutional change, including in rural development areas.
  • Assessing KM through e.g. social media metrics is slowly but surely coming of age as testified by this recent article and those reflections from the recent ICT4Ag conference. We are now talking beyond reach into engagement, use, learning, action… Still lots of progress to be made but we are going forward!
  • Closer to development work, the idea of ‘blurred boundaries’ between e.g. KM, communication, monitoring and learning etc. is making headway. Communication is no longer just a support cabinet that can be called upon to polish ‘messages’, it is part and parcel of operations and rebranded under a general ‘engagement’ approach. Because engagement leads communication, learning and action. See some excellent collective reflections about recent workshops I was involved in, on this.

This recent presentation by Nancy Dixon also gives us some additional views over KM in late 2013:

What this suggests is that KM is becoming the art and science of stimulating collective sense-making conversations and integrated actions, while relying on solid individual practices and skills. I expect more will happen at the junction of individual (networks, capacities, passions) and collective (ambitions, agendas and wicked problems) dynamics in 2014 and beyond. Perhaps I’ll even try some predictions early next year…

But back to 2013: Here were the most popular posts (including the ‘top 10 published in 2013’ in bold) on this blog this year:

  1. Managing or facilitating change, not just a question of words
  2. Tinkering with tools: What’s up with Yammer?
  3. Portrait of the modern knowledge worker
  4. Settling the eternal semantic debate: what is knowledge, what is information…
  5. The art of blogging: Taking stock
  6. What is common knowledge about knowledge? A visual tour…
  7. Learning cycle basics and more: Taking stock
  8. What the heck is knowledge anyway: from commodity to capacity and insights
  9. The feast of fools of feedback
  10. Why on earth would you want to be on Twitter?
  11. The lessons I learned about lessons learned
  12. What to put in a KM training, off the random top of my head
  13. We need more / better communication! But not from me…
  14. Assessing, measuring, monitoring knowledge (and KM): Taking stock
  15. Modern musings on a KM evergreen: institutional memory
  16. Engagement and deeper connection in social networks, a dialogue with Jaume Fortuny
  17. What’s really new about social learning?

Now I wish you all Merry Christmas and hope catch up soon, perhaps even before the new year! Thank you very much for all the good work around KM, learning, engagement, empowerment, for following this blog, for sharing thoughts and quality time with me and many.

Keep up the good work in 2014!

Merry Christmas (credits - Ceanandjen:FlickR)

Merry Christmas! (Credits – Ceanandjen:FlickR)