What do I DO about learning?


I talk a lot about learning on this blog. Because in my definition of knowledge management, it’s a central part. So the equation is KM = CDL. But the conversation and documentation parts feed that learning. As is also the case in Jaap Pels’s KM framework: But what do I do exactly, concretely, at my […]

Sharing and learning: the ‘glue and grease’ of comms and (I)KM


The ‘glue and grease’ – what a horrible expression!!!   The first time I heard a former colleague of mine use that expression to refer to the role of communication I didn’t like it either. But I’ve got to say that until I find a better expression for it, it’s a pretty accurate description of […]

What are you waiting for? Become a knowledge manager NOW!


Suffering from email overload? Spending too much time finding information you need? Feeling isolated and need to meet new people? Annoyed by the fact you may be reinventing the wheel a little all too often? Stuck in old habits and interested in new ways of working? Want to work more smartly and get more out of your time? […]

How to navigate complexity in M&E and where KM can help


What’s happening in the world of monitoring and evaluation? How is complexity – the thinking and the reality – affecting it, highlighting gaps and creating opportunities? What can KM help to do about this? Here are some of the questions that this Prezi addresses. I’ll be presenting this in the course of next week at […]

Institutional memory (making) and learning across project silos


Every (smart) development organisation wants to be a ‘learning organisation’. It’s perhaps a doomed enterprise, or a red herring. But there is one thing that every organisation can do to reduce its silos: to learn across its various projects and programs (let’s call them projects here). Developments projects are rich learning grounds, since most development […]

Musings about learning about action about change in an Exchange


Last week I was on the premises of the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) in the UK co-facilitating an interesting Knowledge Exchange about ‘Acting on what we know and how we learn for climate and development policy‘. Together with fellow co-facilitators Pete Cranston and Carl Jackson and with the benediction of the CGIAR research program […]

The path to wisdom is paved with effectiveness, focus, humility and empathy


“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” ― Confucius. Wisdom features highly in the world of knowledge management. One of the biggest heresies it has produced, the erroneous DIKW pyramid (which I also questioned here and here), […]

Thank you all for your great support – and a merry Christmas and happy holidays!


Dear readers, commenters, likers, raters, followers, friends and others, One more year of blogging. The first year – over the past five years of blogging – when I have managed to consistently blog throughout the year, month in, month out. 63 posts. Many comments, quite some likes and ratings. A good year. This is all […]

Harvesting insights (5) KM / Over rated or under the radar


Knowledge management, as a field, is no longer hyped. It has gone under the radar. As a practice, however, it keeps surviving and remains useful. But some of its past life is still lingering, pumping up absurd expectations among (knowledge) managers. So it’s time to review some of the over-rated expectations that people once (or […]

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), […]