Gurteen Knowledge-Letter: Issue 80 - 14th February 2007


First Published

February 2007

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*** The Gurteen Knowledge-Letter (Issue 80, 14 February 2007) ***

I just had a phone call from a conference organizer wanting to pick
my brains about what was new in KM and how to improve their KM
events. I won't go into the what's new bit here but I did point her
to a page on my website where I talk about creating "Participatory

Its a page I have been adding to over the last year that is a
collection of notes as to how to make conferences better learning and
networking environments.

I have, over recent years, spoken at, attended, chaired or run
knowledge cafes at very many conferences and apart from a one or two
notable exceptions have been appalled at the design of the events.

Too often, talks are packed in back to back, often in multi-streams
with little or no time for questions and answers and genuine
discussion - never mind - networking among the participants.

Speakers are not sufficiently briefed or disciplined and run over
time; insufficient time is allowed for coffee breaks and for lunch
and no time is built in to the day for conversation and reflection.

What's worse is that these conferences are about 'learning and
knowledge management' - the organizers are just not walking the talk!

So this page is one that is continually under development and
captures and disseminates some ideas and tools for making conferences
more interactive, participatory and engaging and thus better learning

Agree with me? Want to read more? If you do click through to Patrick
Lambe's posting at the end of this page.


*************************** CONTENTS ***************************

1 - Working at the speed of light
2 - The Gurteen Perspective
3 - Feedburner: Hot Feeds
4 - My iPod as a personal learning tool
5 - Twittering Away
6 - Knowledge Forum Update
7 - Yahoo Pipes
8 - Call for papers ICKM 2007
9 - On laughing at yourself!
10 - KM Event Highlights

***************** WORKING AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT *****************

You wont believe it! I receive the phone call from the conference
organizer and update the page on my page on Participatory
Conferences. A scheduled agent running on my website then updates my
Website feed and David Wilcox reads the post via the feed and blogs
in response in his weblog. He then mails me to tell me he has done

And I still have not finished the newsletter. And all within about 2
hours. Amazing! I just can't keep up LOL


******************** THE GURTEEN PERSPECTIVE ********************

Back in June 2006, I wrote a thought leader for InsideKnowledge
Magazine published by the Ark Group and consequently they asked me to
write a regular monthly article for them. We dubbed this the "Gurteen
Perspective" and they publish these each month online where you can
read them even if you do not subscribe to the magazine.

You will find them at the page below. Enjoy!

The Articles

Insideknowledge Magazine

********************* FEEDBURNER: HOT FEEDS *********************

If you publish RSS Feeds then take a look at Feedburner - its an
amazing service! I am still kicking myself for not taking more notice
of it earlier.

Not only does it do a tremendous job of enhancing and customizing
your feeds and making it super easy for people to subscribe. It also
keeps track of subscribers and hits - something you cannot do with a
regular feed.

I am slowly converting all my feeds. You can see the ones I have
converted so far below. Click on one and rather than seeing the
usually gobbledegook of a feed you will see a nice webpage rendition
of the feed:

Gurteen Knowledge Website

Gurteen Knowledge Weblog

Gurteen Daily Knowledge Quotes

Gurteen Daily Knowledge Seeds

Global KM Jobs

Global KM Events

What has amazed me, now that I can track subscribers is that I may
have double the number of website readers than I thought. For
example, I am getting about 30 new subscribers to my website feed
each day! That's 3 times the number that sign up for my community
each day!

************** MY IPOD AS A PERSONAL LEARNING TOOL **************

I've talked before about how much I love my video iPod - not for the
music but for the video podcasts! Take a look at TEDTalks. These
video talks are BRILLIANT - I just LOVE them.


Every time I sync my iPod I get a few more downloaded - I don't even
think about it and then on train or plane I discover and watch them.
So easy and the TED talks in particular are SO inspiring. Its a great
way to learn.

But using my iPod to record and rehearse my own talks is another
great application:


************************ TWITTERING AWAY ************************

I have modified my website to include a neat little gizmo from

Take a look at almost any page on my website and you will find a
panel at the top right-hand side of the screen that includes a photo
of me, a link to my contact details, my Skype status and a short
message about what I am doing.

The short message is provided by a service called Twitter. What is
cool about this is that I can not only update the message online via
Twitter from any PC but I can also update the status from my mobile
phone. I talk a little more about how I do this below.


******************** KNOWLEDGE FORUM UPDATE ********************

February's lead topic in the forum is: "What are the bottom line
benefits of being knowledge-driven in an organization?" Thanks to
Peter Anthony for suggesting it.

Many of us are from different positions in different types and sizes
of organization, with different points of view and experience, so,
well... What do you think?

Other subjects covered recently have been about software for mapping
relations, the business value of KM, KM consulting and more!

If you would like to join up and take part see


There are 243 members at present but most are lurkers :-)

Ed Mitchell

************************** YAHOO PIPES **************************

Now here is a really interesting new service from Yahoo - Yahoo Pipes.

They allow you to easily mix, match, filter, sort and merge data
sources into RSS feeds. You can find a pretty good overview here:


And also read this posting by Tim O'Reilly to better understand
their significance


But take a look - the graphical user interface is a wow and so easy
to use. I think we are going to see more and more powerful tools like
this for users on the web.


******************* CALL FOR PAPERS ICKM 2007 *******************

The 4th International Conference on Knowledge Management will be held
in Vienna from 27 to 28 August 2007.

The conference brings together developers, scholars, academics and
users in different areas of knowledge management and serves as a
social and technological platform.

Unpublished high quality papers are eligible for the main conference.
For more details concerning the CFP and deadlines please see


If this is anything like last years conference at Greenwich it should
be a really good event - a good mix of business people and academics.
I am hoping to get to run Gurteen Knowledge Cafe at the conference
this year and we are looking for a sponsor. Any offers?

******************* ON LAUGHING AT YOURSELF! *******************

I love people who can laugh at themselves. President Bush has never
struck me as such a man!

But what ever you think of the president - you will love these two

The first is hilarious as you get two Bushes for the price of one!


********************** KM EVENT HIGHLIGHTS **********************

This section highlights some of the major KM events taking place
around the world in the next 3 months and ones in which I am actively
involved. You will find a full list on my website where you can also
subscribe to both regional e-mail alerts and RSS feeds which will
keep you informed of new and upcoming events.


RSS Feeds:

The Effective Knowledge Worker
UNICOM Seminars
20 Feb 2007, London, United Kingdom
I will be running this workshop next week.

Social Tools for Business Use: Web 2.0 and the new participatory
UNICOM Seminars
21 -22 Feb 2007, London, United Kingdom
I will be chairing this conference next week

The Social Tools Debate
21 Feb 2007, London, United Kingdom
This is one of my London Knowledge Cafes that UNICOM are hosting

Braintrust International 2007 - Annual Knowledge Sharing Summit
26 - 28 Feb 2007, Cambridge,Maryland, United States
Looking forward to running a knowledge cafe workshop at this event

Gurteen Knowledge Cafe
01 March, Washington DC, United States
I am delighted to have been able to organize this knowledge cafe

The Knowledge Worker
Learning, Sharing & Collaboration: The keys to success in the
knowledge based organization
12 March 2006, Dubai, UAE
I will be running my 'Effective Knowledge Worker' workshop in Dubai
again In March after running a successful one last December.

Buying & Selling eContent
25 - 27 Mar 2007, Scottsdale AZ, United States
I will be helping facilitate a series of knowledge cafes at this

Jakarta Knowledge Cafe
17 Apr 2007, Jakarta, Indonesia
Just trying to get this event off the ground while I am in Jakarta
for a few days running a private workshop.

Library + Information Show 2007
18 - 19 Apr 2007, Birmingham, United Kingdom
I am not involved this year as I will be abroad but should be a good

KM Australia
25 - 27 July 2007, Sydney, Australia
The programme is starting to shape up and will include a Gurteen
Knowledge Cafe facilitated by Helen Paige who is the regional
director for the Gurteen Community in Adelaide.

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