KM on a (creative) shoestring


What can you do when you don’t have budget? Not much you might think? Think again! Lack of resources boosts creativity, much like ‘near-miss’ experiences (so well described in Malcolm Gladwell’s David & Goliath) produce confident life champions that fight through adversity. So, if your KM budget is small, or non-existent, what can you do? […]

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 […]

Revisiting the links between communication and knowledge management


At the fifth informal get-together of the Ethiopia/Addis Ababa KM4Dev network, one of the focused conversations we held was about the relations between communication and knowledge management. I wrote this year about how KM can power communication. I also blogged about the different families of engagement in which comms and KM can be found. The […]

A journey through five years of blogging


On this day, exactly five years ago, I started blogging. On this very blog. My first time ever. Not a particularly great post actually. Nor many posts that followed that primal scream on the web. But like for many others before (Leo Babauta, Harold Jarche, Irving Wladawsky-Berger and most recently Jeff Bullas in the corporate world), […]

KM=CDL, on the journey to universal sense-making


Knowledge management (KM) is about conversations. It’s about conversations that make us more effective, both personally and collectively. It’s also about the documentation of these conversations, so that we can track back information coming from those conversations for the record, or to help others who didn’t participate to these conversations connect to them. And in the […]

Portrait of the modern knowledge worker


The concept of ‘knowledge worker’ which Peter Drucker coined in 1959, is perhaps not so clear (as shown again in a recent LinkedIn discussion – access potentially limited) and can be understood at least in two different ways: dedicated and other knowledge workers. Dedicated knowledge workers are the persons whose job it is to organise ‘knowledge work’, in relation […]

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 […]

Reaping the seeds of change: how KM can open up conversations – the Except case, four months later


I was not really planning to write about this but after a chat with Eva Gladek from the company Except yesterday, it seemed a good idea to look at the seeds of change reaped three to four months after a workshop that brought us together. In September 2011 I facilitated a workshop on the identity of […]

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 […]

Amis francophones, à vos stylos… KM4D journal French issue


I usually don’t blog in French but just wanted to mention that the December issue of the KM4Dev journal will be a special Francophone issue. The call for contributions is out and welcomes any contribution (in French) until 1 June 2011. I have put that call for contribution on a special page: https://km4meu.wordpress.com/km4dev-journal-appel-a-contributions-francophones/ Pass it […]