Ripples of influence in a CoP, moving through the 90-9-1 rule


After seven years – the unavoidable and symbolic seven years – I have finally given up being a core group member of KM4Dev (Knowledge Management for Development), my favourite community of practice. But I haven’t given up getting involved, far from it. And because KM4Dev is one of the most fabulous examples of communities of practice, […]

Devons-nous rester SA-GE ?


(For once a post in French as I ponder about a francophone community of practice, SA-GE – I have offered a short translation in English at the bottom of this post). SA-GE (Savoirs-Gestion), la petite sœur de KM4Dev qui a vu le jour en amont de la rencontre annuelle de KM4Dev de Bruxelles en octobre 2009, a-t-elle atteint maturité ? A un moment […]

Who wants to be the next network member, actor, leader?


Earlier this year I blogged about the learning and monitoring work that a few KM4Dev members and I were going to conduct around our favourite community of practice… We came up with a framework that looks at a number of issues that might seem important in a community of practice. The baseline survey report has […]

Me? A lurker? How ignorant of you! I am an empowered listener!


In our networked world, we hear a lot about ‘lurkers’. The 1% rule  (or 90-9-1 principle) reminds us that in any network or community of practice/interest or just discussion group, 1% of the people actively facilitate, organise and manage the space, 10% actively contribute to it and 90% are ‘lurkers’. It’s time to nail this […]

The wealth of communities of practice – pointers to assess networked value?


The KM4Dev community of practice is going through an intensive action phase, beyond the conversations, as the grant given by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for the period 2012-2013 is leading to a number of interesting activities. Among them is a learning and monitoring (L&M) plan which really focuses on learning from all other […]

Reinventing the wheel: it’s ok… kind of…


For a long time, one of the mainstay arguments in favour of knowledge management has been that it helps avoid reinventing the wheel: We have to learn from others before us and not waste time going around in circles… to develop yet another circle: the wheel. Let’s really look into this for a second or […]