2016 in perspective, 2015 in review


Hello all,

Happy New Year
I wish you all a very happy, healthy, successful, wonderful 2016!

Last year has seen a relative decline in my blogging production. I have been less consistent, I haven’t been as inspired as the previous years. It could be the fact that the I have written about various aspects of the KM field and am finding it more difficult to come up with different types of topics. It could be that I have been even busier than the previous years. It could be that I’m getting tired of blogging. It could be all of that and more.

At any rate in 2016 I anticipate I will be again slightly less systematic in my blogging practice and I will cut myself some slack to find new sources of inspiration.

Meanwhile, for all of you who have been following and supporting this blog throughout the years, I would like to thank you very warmly for this, and hope you continue to blog and follow other blogs this year, as it’s what drives this world to create more connections, develop better thinking, stimulate inspiration, inspire cooperation and what perhaps justifies our existence on earth to connect, love and move forward together, in whatever ways.

Finally, hereby find the top 10 posts of 2015, as well as the ‘year in review’ on Agile KM for me and you provided by WordPress.

Keep on engaging, learning, sharing, reflecting, giving, and hopefully we’ll have even more exciting conversations in 2016!

Happy new year!

Top 10 posts in 2015 (in bold the posts written in 2015)

  1. Managing or facilitating change, not just a question of words
  2. Share Fair Addis: Fishbowl and fishbowl battle
  3. Knowledge management strategy development: Taking stock
  4. Putting learning loops and cycles in practice
  5. Tinkering with tools: Asessing Asana
  6. Portrait of the modern knowledge worker
  7. Who is in for triple loop learning?
  8. Opportunity costs of documentation and how to make it work…
  9. Of ‘healthy human systems’ beyond ‘the field’ and facilitating conversations that change the world: an interview with Sam Kaner and Nelli Noakes
  10. Enabling change: a manager’s choice (and a leader’s decision)

Review of 2015 by WordPress

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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blogging holiday and TOP 10 posts


I’m going on leave for 2 weeks and will be back in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 6 November.

Until then no activity to expect on this blog, as I’m enjoying total disconnection while on holiday, and total dedication to all the other pleasures in life, starting with family fun!

Meanwhile, for the past 9 months of this year, these are the top posts on this blog, as you may like to revisit them… In bold are the posts dated from this year.

  1. Managing or facilitating change, not just a question of words
  2. Knowledge management strategy development: Taking stock
  3. Tinkering with tools: Asessing Asana
  4. Share Fair Addis: Fishbowl and fishbowl battle
  5. Of ‘healthy human systems’ beyond ‘the field’ and facilitating conversations that change the world: an interview with Sam Kaner and Nelli Noakes
  6. Portrait of the modern knowledge worker
  7. Who is in for triple loop learning?
  8. Enabling change: a manager’s choice (and a leader’s decision)
  9. Opportunity costs of documentation and how to make it work…
  10. Putting learning loops and cycles in practice

PS. and if you were wondering where I will go on holiday, this picture could give you some idea…

Roc

See you in 2-3 weeks!

Blog holiday and top posts in the past 5 months


Al final! Vacaciones! En España! Andalucia! Andalucia, Spain (Credits: Benjamin Bay) Andalucia, Spain (Credits: Benjamin Bay)

Before I set off for two weeks most likely well disconnected from the marvellous online world of knowledge and learning for change, hereby an overview of the most popular posts on this blog since 1 January.

It has been a really hectic period around this blog, culminating with the recent launch of the Knowledge Management for Development Journal issue on ‘Facilitation for development‘, the launch of my ‘agile facilitation’ blog and the AgKnowledge Innovation Process Share Fair which fed a couple of posts: Agile KM / development / facilitation and the fair of the year? and Participatory decision-making vs. Liberating Structures, a facilitation showdown (on AgileFacil)

Hereby the top posts, from most popular to least popular (and in bold the posts that were written these past five months):

  1. Managing or facilitating change, not just a question of words
  2. Knowledge management strategy development: Taking stock
  3. Of ‘healthy human systems’ beyond ‘the field’ and facilitating conversations that change the world: an interview with Sam Kaner and Nelli Noakes
  4. Tinkering with tools: Asessing Asana
  5. Enabling change: a manager’s choice (and a leader’s decision)
  6. Use quality face-to-face time for synergy, not for logorrhea
  7. Agile KM from ‘SMART goals’ to ‘practice SMARTS’
  8. Who is in for triple loop learning?
  9. Share Fair Addis: Fishbowl and fishbowl battle
  10. Portrait of the modern knowledge worker

See, read and engage with you in over two weeks!

Andalucia, here I come! (Credits: BikeSpain) Andalucia, here I come! (Credits: BikeSpain)

Merry Christmas and may peace and sparks be with you, children and learners of the world


2014 has been heralded by UNICEF as a ‘devastating year for children’ given their involvement in global conflicts, at an unprecedented scale.

So, as we approach Christmas, I dedicate this to all the children of the world, hoping they find some peace of body, mind and soul for the end of this dramatic year, and for the one coming.

I also hope that they find the spark that unleashes their amazingly creative and constructive energy, that they get taken by the beauty of the world around them, and that, as the incredible learners that they are, they keep the hunger for discovery and spark of life kindled for ever…

Merry Christmas to all children of the world !!!

Like children, we adults are also learners, only we get complacent at thinking we know enough at times, and our memory is finite and already full of stuff so keeping track of stuff we learn is perhaps a bit harder. But this is not the place and time for a post on adult learning.

I want to thank all of you who kept the spark of curiosity, interest, generosity from your inner child to also engage with this blog and probably many conversations, spaces, people around. I keep this blog up also for you and thank you for the time you’re taking a peek or having a chat here 🙂

Here is the end-of-year overview of most popular posts (your posts), doubled with my personal selection of posts from this year.

Most popular 2014 posts (in bold, posts actually written this year):

  1. Managing or facilitating change, not just a question of words
  2. What is common knowledge about knowledge? A visual tour…
  3. Tinkering with tools: What’s up with Yammer?
  4. Settling the eternal semantic debate: what is knowledge, what is information…
  5. The death of nice communities of practice?
  6. Portrait of the modern knowledge worker
  7. Putting learning loops and cycles in practice
  8. Scaling, pacing, staging and patterning… Navigating fractal change through space and time
  9. Complexity in multi-stakeholder processes – how to manage, facilitate or navigate around it?
  10. What the heck is knowledge anyway: from commodity to capacity and insights

Other posts from 2014 that you might have overlooked:

  1. I share because I care! (very short and simple reasons to share knowledge and information)
  2. KM… the extra mile that saves (y)our time (Yes KM asks a little more of you, but for your own time’s sake, later, or someone else’s)
  3. With KM, life, it’s all in the attitude, so ‘JUST DO IT’ (Nike does it) (Stop nagging and change things around you)
  4. Do you suffer from acute ‘meetingitis virtuales’? Here’s some antidote (how to cope with uninterrupted virtual meetings)
  5. How social can you be? (questioning the definition of our ‘über-social’ model)
  6. Complexity in aid: An interview (by Ben Ramalingam) with Jaap Pels (featuring someone else’s interview here – obviously with their consent he he)
  7. Killing my darlings: the workshop (seriously, it’s time to revisit the use of workshops for sharing and learning, and advancing new grounds!)
  8. Use PACMAN to beat information overload and fix filter failures! My heuristic and tips/tricks to manage information and stay on top
  9. Development is CAPACITY (to move all together through learning loops) Global development is all about strengthening social learning and caring
  10. KM and politics… an agile ‘House of Cards’? (some lessons from the series ‘House of Cards’ about politics in/and KM)

And with this I want to also wish you a…
Merry Christmas!

(Blog hols) Time to leave KM aside again, life morphs on :) … and some ideas for you…


Another little hand to catch and shake (Credits: Thomas / FlickR)

Another little hand to catch and shake (Credits: Thomas / FlickR)

Nearly three years after KM became irrelevant to me for the first time, another similar event is about to happen, so I will leave this blog for a while and come back to it, hopefully with fresh ideas, probably not with fresh energy ha ha ha.

In the meantime, here are some recent posts you might find useful:

You could find ways to participate differently in a community of practice (CoP), navigating the 90-9-1 rule, as I am trying out, leaving the core group of KM4Dev and trying to influence that CoP from another side

You might find out how to cope with overwhelming and badly run virtual meetings.

You could see if you’re using all parts of your identity to the best of your KM capacity.

You could find four practical approaches to deal with complexity through space and time.

You could ponder on the overall importance of capacity in global development (cooperation).

You could read an interview I gave to APQC about the importance of getting KM and communication accepted and budgeted for.

You could see a prezi about navigating complexity in monitoring and evaluation with the help of KM;

You could find a simple way to deal with information overload and filter failure;

You could discover the idea of ‘blurred boundaries’ at work in development in this interview with Michael Victor.

And here is the top 10 posts of the past 3 months:

  1. Managing or facilitating change, not just a question of words (Shouldn’t we embrace change proactively rather than fear it reactively?)
  2. Tinkering with tools: what’s up with Yammer? (a first ‘Tinkering with tools’ post about Yammer in general and in use within the CGIAR)
  3. What is common knowledge about knowledge? A visual tour… (8 pictorials about knowledge and what worth they are)
  4. (You’re not welcome) On the dark side of co-facilitation (what are some traps in co-facilitating an event and how to get over it).
  5. Settling the eternal semantic debate: what is knowledge, what is information… (a very popular post because of the interest around the DIKW pyramid – though I criticise it here)
  6. Portrait of the modern knowledge worker (A popular hit, listed on the World Bank’s KM portal – what are the skills and attitude required to be an effective knowledge worker nowadays)
  7. Leaders, innovate please! (A rant about managers just not getting what leadership in a complex world means)
  8. Anatomy of learning: how we (individuals) make sense of information (building a framework about learning conversations, between individuals and collectives)
  9. I share because I care! (very short and simple reasons to share knowledge and information)…
  10. Putting learning loops and cycles in practice – a more pragmatic take on single/double/triple loop learning

See you in a few weeks!

My KM year’s insights, top posts… and a Merry Christmas!!!


What reflections and patterns come up in the KM world anno 2013 (Credits - Ekkaia / FlickR)

What reflections and patterns come up in the KM world anno 2013 (Credits – Ekkaia / FlickR)

That time of the year, when we are packing up for holiday and family celebrations. A good reflective time though the festivities can make it harder than summer holidays to find time to reflect.

As I’m just about to also take a few days off, here is what I’ve observed in my KM (for development [research]) world this year.

  • KM is not dead, it is more than alive! And more and more people are joining KM forums, discussion lists, communities of practice (3500 people on KM4Dev!!!). See some of these forums and networks here. It’s booming business.
  • Big data has been all over the place of course and is going to keep going strong as software applications are able to process increasingly fathomless data sets. However the question of who decides how to analyse that data remains most of the time unclear. A slightly similar development as the explosion of ICT applications in ag business which needs to be channelled and solicited by some demand… which is why, for the big data revolution to really offer its fruits…
  • Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) is gaining ground (credits - Harold Jarche)

    Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) is gaining ground (credits – Harold Jarche)

    …the recognition of knowledge workers is also gaining ground. We need capacity to analyse data, to make sense of it. So we need to be individually stronger at analysing our world. This means that on the one hand PKM (see this presentation by Stephen Dale on personal knowledge management) is gaining ground – with the idea that everyone in the organisation can contribute their energy, capacity, network to solve problems and that…

  • …On the other hand, more efforts in the KM world are coming up to federate, rally, convene minds and hearts to solve complex interrelated issues. These ‘change conversation’ spaces have to be facilitated – no longer managed. So KM is being stretched on its individual (PKM) and on its holistic frontier, when it used to focus mostly on organisational learning (see the presentation below)
  • Generally networked KM dynamics is taking central stage as everyone is wondering how those dynamics can stimulate innovation, ideation and (inter-) institutional change, including in rural development areas.
  • Assessing KM through e.g. social media metrics is slowly but surely coming of age as testified by this recent article and those reflections from the recent ICT4Ag conference. We are now talking beyond reach into engagement, use, learning, action… Still lots of progress to be made but we are going forward!
  • Closer to development work, the idea of ‘blurred boundaries’ between e.g. KM, communication, monitoring and learning etc. is making headway. Communication is no longer just a support cabinet that can be called upon to polish ‘messages’, it is part and parcel of operations and rebranded under a general ‘engagement’ approach. Because engagement leads communication, learning and action. See some excellent collective reflections about recent workshops I was involved in, on this.

This recent presentation by Nancy Dixon also gives us some additional views over KM in late 2013:

What this suggests is that KM is becoming the art and science of stimulating collective sense-making conversations and integrated actions, while relying on solid individual practices and skills. I expect more will happen at the junction of individual (networks, capacities, passions) and collective (ambitions, agendas and wicked problems) dynamics in 2014 and beyond. Perhaps I’ll even try some predictions early next year…

But back to 2013: Here were the most popular posts (including the ‘top 10 published in 2013’ in bold) on this blog this year:

  1. Managing or facilitating change, not just a question of words
  2. Tinkering with tools: What’s up with Yammer?
  3. Portrait of the modern knowledge worker
  4. Settling the eternal semantic debate: what is knowledge, what is information…
  5. The art of blogging: Taking stock
  6. What is common knowledge about knowledge? A visual tour…
  7. Learning cycle basics and more: Taking stock
  8. What the heck is knowledge anyway: from commodity to capacity and insights
  9. The feast of fools of feedback
  10. Why on earth would you want to be on Twitter?
  11. The lessons I learned about lessons learned
  12. What to put in a KM training, off the random top of my head
  13. We need more / better communication! But not from me…
  14. Assessing, measuring, monitoring knowledge (and KM): Taking stock
  15. Modern musings on a KM evergreen: institutional memory
  16. Engagement and deeper connection in social networks, a dialogue with Jaume Fortuny
  17. What’s really new about social learning?

Now I wish you all Merry Christmas and hope catch up soon, perhaps even before the new year! Thank you very much for all the good work around KM, learning, engagement, empowerment, for following this blog, for sharing thoughts and quality time with me and many.

Keep up the good work in 2014!

Merry Christmas (credits - Ceanandjen:FlickR)

Merry Christmas! (Credits – Ceanandjen:FlickR)

Blog holiday and most popular posts… See you later in June!


Blog holiday to enjoy the Seychelles with my little family!!!

Blog holiday to enjoy the Seychelles with my little family!!!

Five months after the last holiday and after facilitating almost 15 different events, I’m having a break… a real kind of break, nowhere else than in the Seychelles. Although I will have internet I’m not planning to use it except for emergency holiday activity planning, and I’m certainly not going to check my emails.

In the meantime, another big thank you for following this blog, commenting on it, retweeting its content and engaging with me and others around issues that are of value to us all!

As usual before a holiday, here’s a good moment to look at some of the most popular posts on this blog over the past 5 months:

  1. Managing or facilitating change, not just a question of words
  2. Tinkering with tools: What’s up with Yammer?
  3. Settling the eternal semantic debate: what is knowledge, what is information…
  4. Portrait of the modern knowledge worker
  5. Learning cycle basics and more: Taking stock
  6. What is common knowledge about knowledge? A visual tour…
  7. The feast of fools of feedback
  8. What the heck is knowledge anyway: from commodity to capacity and insights
  9. We need more / better communication! But not from me…
  10. Communication, KM, monitoring, learning – The happy families of engagement

Keep sharing, challenging, engaging and reflecting!

And see you after 16 June…