A knowledge management primer (2): DEFGHI


  This is a new series of posts, an alphabet primer of agile knowledge management (KM), to touch upon some of the key concepts, approaches, methods, tools, insights. And because there could have been different alternatives for each letter I’m also introducing the words I had to let go of here.   Today, after covering […]

Knowledge management in cartoons – A selection


Because good visuals pin an idea with so much more strength… And fun helps move sensitive ideas forward… Hereby a selection of cartoons that may help you and others understand the value of knowledge management, through the challenges KM is facing or the initiatives it proposes to deal with them. Challenge: reinventing the wheel Initiative: […]

Killing my darlings: the workshop


Last week I facilitated a really hectic workshop on the fascinating topic of ‘community-based adaptation (to climate change) and resilience in the East and Southern African Drylands‘. A number of us (in the organising team) wondered at a point or another if the workshop was the best venue to create new meaning around this complex topic. […]

Knowledge Management… the fountain of resilience, adaptation, innovation and sustainability (and buzzwords!)


It goes back a long while that I’ve been asking myself what KM is and why it matters. This morning, while running, it struck me: it is just what makes us more resilient, adaptive and innovative, beyond the immediate challenge we are facing. Incidentally, KM is also dangerous with that ability to catch all buzzwords in […]

Research, KM and multi-stakeholder processes: cross interview with Cees Leeuwis and Mark Lundy


Last week, I had the privilege of sitting with two people I’ve been following with interest over the past few years: Cees Leeuwis, Professor of Communication and Innovation Studies at Wageningen University and a lead thinker on multi-stakeholder processes and social learning processes involving research. Mark Lundy, senior researcher at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture […]

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 […]

The birth of a thought and the life-times of a concept


I love thoughts, always have: How they come about, what lineage they follow etc. Something as simple as a thought is somehow as thorny as impact and as untraceable as a travelling lighter: Who came up with a thought first? The person that first talked about it? The person that promoted it? The person that applied […]

Communication, KM, monitoring, learning – The happy families of engagement


Many people seem to be struggling to understand the differences between communication, knowledge management, monitoring, learning etc. Let’s consider that all of them are part of a vast family – the ‘engagement’ family. Oh, let’s be clear, engagement can happen in many other ways but for the  sake of simplicity, let’s focus on these four […]