The death of nice communities of practice?


An interesting conversation is happening in KM4Dev – when is it not the case? – in relation with Dave Snowden‘s recent inputs to the conference on ‘Knowledge for Development (#DIEK4D see https://tagboard.com/diek4d) and his reflections on this post (full meeting wiki notes are available here). Oh and close down those communities of practice which are now so hide bound as to be only […]

Facilitation and collective action back on the menu… big time!


(Disclaimer for Nadia, Russell and others who commented on this post [and see feedback/results here by the way]: This post was drafted before and thus does not yet reflect some of the changes that I hope to bring into this blog based on your collective feedback…) Lots of different happenings in the world of event/process facilitation […]

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, […]

What to put in a KM training, off the random top of my head


I was never trained on KM. I just learned it by doing. Errrr, I am learning it by doing. But if I was trained in agile KM next week, what would I love to find in such a training? Some people are wondering about exactly that on KM4Dev right now. So, let me think about this […]

Assessing, measuring, monitoring knowledge (and KM): Taking stock


Been a while since I last properly ‘took stock’ of a specific topic in my knowledge garden. The last one about storytelling. But I’ve recently been working again on one of my pet topics: assessing knowledge work, so a good stock-taking exercise will be really handy for upcoming work, and hopefully for you too! Knowledge […]

A tribute to KM4Dev: how it transformed my life and how I hope to share the magic


For a long time, in the sector where I used to work, I felt out of place: a mad and fuzzy communicator in the rigid, logical (but smart) kingdom of water and sanitation engineers. I guess I kinda accepted I was different and just had to rub it in. And then I had my first […]

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 […]

What the heck is knowledge anyway: from commodity to capacity and insights


Ten years into KM and this is perhaps the most frequent question I’ve heard or come across to date in the knowledge management field: What is knowledge? Time to shoot at it, or better: time to plant a shoot… Currently again, there is a KM4Dev discussion about ‘knowledge banks’ (see word cloud below) and on the side, […]

Live and direct from Rome – blogging & tweeting at the ShareFair and KM4Dev 2011


The second global Share Fair has started and some KM4Dev-related sessions are also unfolding as we speak. I will be blogging here about the sessions I’ve been involved in and if I get a chance, on other sessions too. An incredible amount of tweeting is happening already under the tag #sfrome – and for KM4Dev […]

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


(As of February 2012, a new post on this blog updates and extends this one: What the heck is knowledge anyways: from commodity to capacity and insights). While being away in Ethiopia and characteristically without internet access, a debate was raging on the KM4DEV list, fiercer and hotter than it ever was. Another phoenix of KM is […]