Gurteen Knowledge-Log Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:06:51 +0000 The Gurteen Knowledge Log - a weblog on knowledge, learning, creativity, innovation, personal development and more. (David Gurteen) (David Gurteen) Gurteen Knowledge$File/gurteen170x60.gif en-us Custom Lotus Notes Agent Blog Post: Freedom of speech is more than just a value By David Gurteen<br><br>You may be familiar with the <a href="" target="_blank">controversy</a> going on in Canada over the views of Prof. Jordan B. Peterson at the University of Toronto. If you are not then here is an except from Wikipedia that summarises the issue. <blockquote id="nomargins"> On 27 September 2016, Peterson released the first part of a three-part lecture video series on political correctness. <br><br> In the video, he objects to the Canadian government's Bill C-16, which proposes to outlaw harassment and discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression under the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code. <br><br> His objection to the bill did not concern the LGBT discrimination legal debate, but rather the freedom of speech implications of C-16's other amendments to the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code, regarding their accommodation language. <br><br> Furthermore, he argued that the new amendments paired with section 46.3 of the Ontario Human Rights Code would make it possible for "employers and organizations to be subject to punishment under the code if any employee or associate says anything that can be construed as 'directly or indirectly' offensive." <br><br> Peterson further argues that it is necessary for people to recognize the importance of free speech and particularly free speech on college campuses. <br><br> <div align=left><b>Credit: </b> <a href="" target="_blank">Wikipedia: Jordan Peterson</a></div> </blockquote> Go take a look at all the <a href="" target="_blank">videos</a>, his teaching ones, the debates, the media interviews, the protests. It makes compelling viewing, both the issue, his personality and passion and the vehemence of those ranged against him. <br><br> But regardless of your own views on the human rights issue watch <a href="" target="_blank">this video of a debate</a> held at the University of Toronto on Free Speech, Political Correctness and Bill C-16. <br><br> What captured my attention was his stream of consciousness description and defence of <a href="" target="_blank">free speech</a> (15:43 to 16:58) which I have transcribed below. <blockquote id="nomargins"> And so we need to start talking and listening. <br><br> And when you talk it doesn't mean you're right. <br><br> It doesn't mean you're correct. Right? <br><br> It means you're trying to articulate and formulate your thoughts like the boneheaded moron that you are. <br><br> And you are going to stumble around idiotically because what the hell do you know. <br><br> You are full of biases, and you're ignorant, and you can't speak very well, and you're over emotional. <br><br> And you know you've got just problems that you can hardly even imagine that are interfering with your ability to state something clear. <br><br> And so what you do is you do your best to see what you mean. <br><br> And then you listen to other people tell you why you're a blithering idiot. <br><br> And hopefully, you can correct yourself to some degree as a consequence of listening to them. <br><br> And you see that is what free speech is about. <br><br> Because it isn't just that people can organize themselves and their societies by thinking. <br><br> You can't do that because there is only one of you. <br><br> What you have to do is you have to articulate your thoughts in a public forum. <br><br> So that other people can attack you and hopefully in a corrective manner. <br><br> And then you wanna, you know, step back a little bit. <br><br> And think okay you know I was a little arrogant there, and a little over emotional there and I didn't get that quite right, and maybe I am outright biased on that front. <br><br> And you want to correct what you say because then you correct how are you are and then you can correct how you act in life. <br><br> And then you correct your society. <br><br> And the degree to which we limit freedom of expression we put all of that at risk. <br><br> <div align=left><b>Credit: </b> <a href="" target="_blank">Transcipt from a debate held at the University of Toronto on Free Speech</a></div> </blockquote> <br> Later in his introduction (17:51 to 18:24) he makes the point that freedom of speech is not just another value but the mechanism by which we keep our psyches and our societies organised. <br><br> I love the way above that he describes how free speech works - a sort of "group thinking out loud" in pursuit of a better understanding of the world and ourselves. <br><br> I can understand the need for limitations such as <a href="" target="_blank">hate speech legislation</a> but it is a fine balance and like Prof. Peterson, to my mind we need to be extraordinary careful not to undermine the freedom of speech. It is one of the reasons I am so passionate about the role of dialogue in our lives. <br><br> <div style="text-align:center;"> <iframe width="640" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> <br> Thanks to David Creelman for pointing me to this controversy. AB5C2B58D035F19A80258098004A02E4 Thu, 29 Dec 2016 16:03:27 +0000 David Gurteen Blog Post: What makes a powerful question? By David Gurteen<br><br>A big thank you to everyone who has given me feedback on "What makes a powerful question?" Your comments have been tremendously helpful in provoking my thoughts on the subject. <br><br> You can see the comments/discussion on the <a href="" target="_blank">Gurteen Knowledge Community group</a> on Linkedin. <br><br> I am still looking for input from anyone who would like to add further to the discussion. But note, I realize now that I was not entirely clear in my question :-) <br><br> Rather than ask "What makes a powerful question?", I meant to ask "In triggering a conversation to explore an issue - what makes a powerful question?" <br><br> How would one design or wordsmith such a question? What are its attributes? EB9C44FC6320534E8025809800433B7C Thu, 29 Dec 2016 12:14:21 +0000 David Gurteen Blog Post: Have you tried out Randomised Coffee Trials yet? By David Gurteen<br><br>I have recently added a post to my <a href="" target="_blank">blook</a> on <a href="" target="_blank">Randomised Coffee Trials.</a> It is an updated version of one that <a href="">I have on my website.</a> I plan to refine and keep the blook version updated. <br><br> What is a Randomised Coffee Trial? <br><br> A Randomised Coffee Trial or RCT for short is a rather fancy name for an incredibly simple but powerful idea. <br><br> RCTs are used to connect people in an organization at random and give them time to meet to have a coffee and talk about whatever they wish. <br><br> They are a simple, low-cost way of enabling people to talk with others who they might not otherwise meet. To learn from each other, build relationships, break down organizational silos and build community. <br><br> Hundreds of organizations across public, private and voluntary sectors have introduced RCTs in the last few years, including recently <a href="" target="_blank">the British NHS</a>. <br><br> Give them a whirl - I think you will be delighted with the results. 3EF9973A41704DF380258097005107BC Thu, 29 Dec 2016 12:11:46 +0000 David Gurteen Blog Post: Four great ownership questions from Peter Block By David Gurteen<br><br>I run two interactive sessions at <a href="" target="_blank">KM Asia</a> in Hong Kong just before Christmas. <br> <blockquote id="nomargins"> 09:45 - 10:00 Connection before content <br> Consider yourselves as much an owner and co-creator of the conference experience as the Chair, speakers and facilitators. This ice-breaker session is driven by four 'ownership' questions from Peter Block. The most revealing of which is: To what extent are you prepared to take responsibility for the learning and engagement of others at this event?' <br> "We must establish a personal connection with each other. Connection before content. Without relatedness, no work can occur." (Peter Block) </blockquote> <blockquote id="nomargins"> 14:00 - 15:00 Are challenging questions more powerful than answers? Knowledge management (KM) is a challenging discipline given that it deals with the complex adaptive nature of human social systems. We are walking on a trampoline. Each step reconfigures the path ahead. There are no prescriptive solutions. In this dynamic session, you will have conversations with many different people, while standing and moving around the room. </blockquote> The first session, at the start of day one, I particularly liked and I have run it several times now at conferences. You can learn more here <a href="" target="_blank">Peter Block&#039;s four ownership questions</a> and get access to the slides that I used - please feel free to download them and adapt them for your own use. <br><br> How many people at a conference or a workshop truly engage with the day and consider they are as much an owner and co-creator of the experience as the chairperson, speakers, and facilitators? And how many are happy just to sit there, entranced, passively listening, and doing as they are told? <br><br> The four questions help reframe peoples&#039; mindsets from a passive stance to a more interactive, engaging one. 5F6515FF8012B92A80258098002E959A Thu, 29 Dec 2016 09:52:37 +0000 David Gurteen Blog Post: Take a look at Nancy Dixon's Blogs By David Gurteen<br><br>There are only a handful of people whose blog posts I never wish to miss. <a href="" target="_blank">Dave Snowden</a> is one and Nancy Dixon is another. <br><br> You will find Nancy's main blog <a href="" target="_blank">Conversation Matters</a> here but she is also blogging on <a href="" target="_blank"> Linkedin now</a>. <br><br> Nancy produces so much good practical material, for example, see her latest post <a href="" target="_blank">4 Great Ways to Conduct Peer Assists: Transferring Knowledge Effectively</a>. 6477DBDCE7C0DFB98025809700449FB3 Wed, 28 Dec 2016 12:29:33 +0000 David Gurteen Blog Post: Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: December 2016 By David Gurteen<br><br>Here are some of my more popular recent tweets. Take a look, if you are not a Tweeter, you will get a good idea of how I use it by browsing the list of micro-posts. <br><br> <ul> <li> Please! No more Icebreakers: 5 Ways to Get a Group Connected Without Icebreakers <a href="" target="_blank"></a> <br><br> <li> 4 Great Ways to Conduct Peer Assists @nancymdixon <a href="" target="_blank"></a> <br><br> <li> Overlooked Practice that improves Team Decision-making <a href="" target="_blank"></a> <br><br> <li> This holiday season, have that conversation <a href="" target="_blank"></a> <br><br> <li> How can coffee with a stranger improve productivity? <a href="" target="_blank"></a> <br><br> <li> Make sure that your KM program involves all the right conversations about knowledge <a href="" target="_blank"></a> #km #kmers <br><br> <li> How to Be Arrogant <a href="" target="_blank"></a> /love it! LOL <br><br> <li> This algorithm is connecting students to the most interesting person they've never met <a href="" target="_blank"></a> <br><br> <li> The Art of Conversation: Timeless, Timely Do&#039;s and Don&#039;ts from 1866 <a href="" target="_blank"></a> <br><br> <li> World Peace and other 4th-Grade Achievements <a href="" target="_blank"></a> /absolutely amazing we should let kids govern the world :-) <br><br> <li> Why the Problem with Learning Is Unlearning <a href="" target="_blank"></a> <br><br> <li> Can Employees Really Speak Up Without Retribution? <a href="" target="_blank"></a> </ul> <br> If you like the Tweets then <a href="" target="_blank">subscribe to my Tweet stream</a>. 2D292DC7F29BF75D80258097003E13AA Wed, 28 Dec 2016 11:38:23 +0000 David Gurteen Blog Post: Upcoming Knowledge Events By David Gurteen<br><br>Here are some of the <a href="" target="_blank">major KM events</a> taking place around the world in the coming months and ones in which I am actively involved. You will find a <a href="" target="_blank">full list</a> on my website where you can also subscribe to both regional e-mail alerts and <a href="" target="_blank">RSS feeds</a> which will keep you informed of new and upcoming events. <br><br> <!-- List starts below here --> <a href="" target=_blank>Asian Knowledge Forum 2017</a><br> 12 - 13 Jan 2017, Hong Kong, China <br><br> <a href="http://" target=_blank>KM Legal Europe 2017</a><br> 18 - 19 Jan 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands <br><br> <a href="" target=_blank>Advancing your OD practice</a><br> 24 - 25 Jan 2017, Henley on Thames, United Kingdom <br><br> <a href="" target=_blank>IntraTeam Event Copenhagen 2017</a><br> 28 Feb - 02 Mar 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark <br><br> <a href="" target=_blank>Henley Forum Annual Conference 2017</a><br> 01 - 02 Mar 2017, Henley on Thames, United Kingdom <br><br> <a href="" target=_blank>The Wheels of Knowledge Management</a><br> 07 - 09 Mar 2017, Melbourne and Canberra, Australia <br><br> <a href="" target=_blank>The AIIM Conference 2017</a><br> 14 - 16 Mar 2017, Orlando, FL, United States <br><br> <a href="" target=_blank>9th European Conference on Intellectual Capital</a><br> 06 - 07 Apr 2017, Lisbon, Portugal <br><br> <a href="" target=_blank>5th International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship 2017</a><br> 26 - 27 Apr 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia <br><br> <a href="" target=_blank>12th International Conference on e-Learning</a><br> 01 - 02 Jun 2017, Orlando, United States <br><br> <a href="" target=_blank>KM UK 2017</a><br> 14 - 15 Jun 2017, London, United Kingdom <br><br> <a href="" target=_blank>KM Conference 2017</a><br> 21 - 24 Jun 2017, Novo Mesto, Slovenia <br><br> <a href="" target=_blank>4th European Conference on Social Media</a><br> 03 - 04 Jul 2017, Vilnius, Lithuania <br><br> <a href="" target=_blank>18th European Conference on Knowledge Management</a><br> 07 - 08 Sep 2017, Barcelona, Spain <br><br> <a href="" target=_blank>12th European Conference On Innovation and Entrepreneurship 2017</a><br> 21 - 22 Sep 2017, Paris, France 9A6311282D0D770A802572F2005EC153 Wed, 28 Dec 2016 11:21:12 +0000 David Gurteen Blog Post: Knowledge is not power. So what is power? By David Gurteen<br><br> It is often said that <a href="" target="_blank">knowledge is power </a>, but this is a misperception. <br><br> Knowledge is knowledge. Power is power. <br><br> Michael Schrage puts it well here: <br> <blockquote id="nomargins"> I think "knowledge management" is a bullshit issue. <br><br> Let me tell you why. <br><br> I can give you perfect information, I can give you perfect knowledge and it won't change your behavior one iota. <br><br> People choose not to change their behavior because the culture and the imperatives of the organization make it too difficult to act upon the knowledge. <br><br> Knowledge is not the power. Power is power. The ability to act on knowledge is power. <br><br> Most people in most organizations do not have the ability to act on the knowledge they possess. <br><br> End of story. <br><br> <div align=left><b>Credit: </b> <a href="" target="_blank">Michael Schrage</a></div> </blockquote> <br> There is more than enough knowledge in this world but so many of those who have it - do not have the power to act. <br><br> So how is such power gained? 6E023ABE301FFACE8025806E005098A1 Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:01:10 +0000 David Gurteen