Knowledge management strategy development: Taking stock


Nothing like having your back to the wall to do some useful research. Here I am, fishing for ideas on good communication and knowledge management strategies. I addressed how to develop a communication strategy a while back. And though I’ve shared some ideas on how I would go about a KM strategy, I haven’t really synthesised all […]

Interview with Krishan Bheenick (CTA) – KM, systems thinking and the backlash of knowledge sharing


Following the global consultation of CIARD (Coherence in Information about Agricultural Research for Development) in May 2013, I had the pleasure of meeting Krishan Bheenick, Senior programme coordinator knowledge management at CTA (Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation) on his take about KM and where it’s headed. Here is the transcript of that interview. […]

Harvesting insights (6): A checklist of comms/KM functions in any development (research) organisation or initiative


Just a post to gather my thoughts on this once and for all on this topic. Together with some colleagues from WorldFish and the Inernational Water Management Institute (IWMI), we have been pondering about the profile of comms/KM profiles and positions in any organisation and/or project, since ILRI and IWMI held a really interesting workshop […]

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 […]

Researching… good questions from wrong ideas


(A little caveat here: obviously not all researchers fall in the traps described below, and those are not just traps for scientists but also for many other types of people). It’s been a little under a year that I’ve landed in the fascinating world of research and its even more fascinating appetite for questions. However […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Knowledge management, social media and ecology – the complexity of three sessions (218, 206 & 173)


During the Share Fair, I was happy to participate to three very interesting and complementary sessions on a) the IFAD experience of putting KM and learning into practice (#218) b) using social media for development (#206) and c) IKM-Emergent’s idea of a knowledge ecology  (#173). The first session explored the experiences of IFAD with knowledge […]

Except in KM, accepting KM


Last Friday I gave a spontaneous (read: non annually planned, unofficial) KM/Learning and identity workshop for the amazing networked organisation Except (Integrated Sustainability consultancy) founded by my mate Tom Bosschaert. Except is one of those few very modern coming-of-age-like companies with a core staff of 7-8 people and 50 associates satelliting and scintillating around, getting […]