Gurteen Knowledge-Log Wed, 02 Aug 2017 09:00:24 +0100 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: Conversational Spaces By David Gurteen<br><br><div style="float: left;padding: 5px;margin: 5px; border: black 2px solid;"><IMG SRC="" width="310" height="223"></div> My <a href="" target="_blank">blook on Conversational Leadership</a> continues to grow and take shape. <br><br> Content tagged with a "*" is freely readable but if you wish to access the blook in its entirety please <a href="" target="_blank">request access</a> and I will I will grant it, <br><br> If you wish to take a look at just the latest material visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Recent Updates</a> page. <br><br> One recent addition - is a new chapter on <a href="" target="_blank">Conversational Space</a>. It is still rather bare but includes a substantial post on the Enlightenment Coffeehouses of 17th and 18th century London, and more rudimentary posts on Stammtisch Tables, the Dewaniya, the Salons of France, the Viennese coffee houses and of course the Junto Club. I have more conversational spaces to add and much more to write about them - both the specific spaces themselves and more generally what makes a good conversation space, their purpose and benefits. <br><br> If you have any conversation spaces specific to your culture such as the Kuwaiti Dewaniya - I would love to hear about them, <div style="clear: left;"> FB580E33565A4CB98025816C00451589 Sat, 29 Jul 2017 14:22:31 +0100 David Gurteen Blog Post: Zooming around By David Gurteen<br><br><div style="float: left;padding: 5px;margin: 5px; border: black 2px solid;"><IMG SRC="" width="300" height="200"></div> I ran another <a href="" target="_blank"> Zoom virtual Knowledge Caf&eacute;</a> a few days ago. Yet again it went exceptionally well and I had some great feedback. <br><br> I also joined a <a href="" target="_blank">KMI KM workshop</a> in Washington DC with John Hovell and give a short talk/conversation on <a href="" target="_blank">Conversational Leadership</a> via the Zoom platform and it worked a treat! It is the second one John and I have done together and I think John may have cracked how to do the Q&A session by passing an iPhone around the room also with Zoom loaded. <br><br> If you would like to be the first to hear about my Zoom events, please <a href="" target="_blank">sign-up</a> to my Virtual Caf&eacute; mailing list. <div style="clear: left;"> 2C3B0E7BF86723518025816A005B2AAC Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:58:36 +0100 David Gurteen Blog Post: Is everything well, even though it is a mess? By David Gurteen<br><br> A book that has had a huge influnce on me is <a href="" target="_blank">Awareness by Anthony de Mello</a>. <br><br> Here is a quote from the opening chapter. <br> <blockquote id="nomargins"> You know, all mystics - Catholic, Christian, non-Christian, no matter what their theology, no matter what their religion - are unanimous on one thing: that all is well, all is well. Though everything is a mess, all is well. Strange paradox, to be sure. But, tragically, most people never get to see that all is well because they are asleep. They are having a nightmare. <br><br> <div align=left><b>Credit: </b> <a href="" target="_blank">Anthony de Mello</a></div> </blockquote> <div style="float: left;padding: 5px;margin: 5px; border: black 2px solid;"><IMG SRC="$File/0385249373.jpg" width="" height=""></div> So what do you make of the idea that "all is well?" <br><br> When I reflect on the reality of the world in an everyday way then it is hard to see that "all is well" but deep down I understand what de Mello means. <br><br> Somewhere else in his book "Awareness" he says that "problems only exist in the human mind". If we look at the universe in its totality and from a perspective of its evolutionary history then its hard to see that it could be any different. <br><br> So maybe in a strange sort of way "all is well". That thought though should not stop us from striving to make it a better place! <br><br> But I think I know what Tony would have said "Don't try to change it - it will change of its own accord". <br><br> Quite a paradox indeed! <div style="clear: left;"> C4B9DAAA95A234A78025816A0056E632 Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:08:44 +0100 David Gurteen Blog Post: Benjamin Franklin's Junto Club led to the birth of the first US Public Library in 1731 By David Gurteen<br><br><div style="float: left;padding: 5px;margin: 5px; border: black 2px solid;"><IMG SRC="" width="300" height="156"></div> I was driving into town recently and switched on the car radio and caught the last few minutes of <a href="" target="_blank">BBC Radio 4 programme called Making History</a> and was gobsmacked at my serendipitous discovery of a so-called "Conversation Society" founded in 1727! <br><br> I have downloaded the audio and clipped out the key passage and <a href=" " target="_blank">uploaded to YouTube</a> - it is only two minutes long. (I am sure the BBC won't mind.) <br><br> I googled around to find more information on the Conversation Society that is mentioned. It was called the Junto Club. More information <a href="" target="_blank">here on the Benjamin Franklin History website</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">here on Wikipedia</a> <br><br> So Benjamin Franklin was convening a <a href="" target="_blank">Book Discussion Caf&eacute;</a> (well not really but it's a nice fantasy) back in 1727 that morphed into the <a href=" " target="_blank">Library Company of Philadelphia</a> - the first public library in the US in 1731. <br><br> I love the thought that they bought books to inspire their conversations and that this book collection was the <a href="" target="_blank">foundation of the public library</a>. <br><br> An absolutely amazing story! <br><br> Why not start your own <a href="" target="_blank">Junto Club</a>. It has some very KM like features. All you need to do is update Benjamin Franklin's 24 questions into modern day English and a business environment - and you have it! <div style="clear: left;"> 986C3BE27387FFAB80258169005B06F5 Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:37:20 +0100 David Gurteen Blog Post: Embedding Change: delivering value from knowledge and learning By David Gurteen<br><br><div style="float: left;padding: 5px;margin: 5px; border: black 2px solid;"><IMG SRC="$File/henley-management-college.gif" width="" height=""></div> The Henley Forum for Organisational Learning and Knowledge Strategies (known as the <a href="" target="_blank">Henley Forum</a>) is a members-only forum but some of its events are open to the public. <br><br> They have a 1 day event coming up on 27th September at their Henley Campus - <a href="" target="_blank">Embedding Change: delivering value from knowledge and learning</a> and have a limited number of guest places available at &#163;175+VAT. Contact <a href =''></a> for further details if you are interested. <br><br> I will be there as a participant. Do come along if you are based in the UK. It should be an engaging day. It is a reasonable cost. It's a great campus. And you get to experience the Henley Forum too. <div style="clear: left;"> E4BFEC21ACF523648025816900394B91 Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:48:46 +0100 David Gurteen Blog Post: Promoting Knowledge Management activities through my website By David Gurteen<br><br>I am always looking to help promote activities in the KM field. To this end you can: <br> <ul> <li> <a href=""> post events on my site</a> <li> <a href="">post jobs on my site</a> <li> <a href="">post books or reports on my site</a> <li> <a href="">post news items on my site</a> </ul> <br> In each case, the submission is held in a queue until I have checked it out and categorised it. This normally only takes a day or two. If the item is off topic or I feel it is inappropriate for any other reason I reserve the right to delete it. The service is free. 8D6FFF6B8C9004228025814D00272222 Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:10:04 +0100 David Gurteen Blog Post: Two Recent Podcast Interviews with me By David Gurteen<br><br>It's not very often I get interviewed for a podcast but here are two recent ones that may interest you. <br><br> <ul> <li> The <a href="" target="_blank">first by Paul Sloane</a> of <a href="" target="_blank">Destination Innovation</a> <br><br> <li> The <a href="" target="_blank">second by Edwin Morris</a> of <a href="" target="_blank">Pioneer Knowledge Services</a>. </ul> 471062A1D2B1CCD28025815D002C6EFE Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:17:58 +0100 David Gurteen Blog Post: Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: July 2017 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> IFLA KM @IFLA_KM Newsletter June 2017 <a href="" target="_blank"></a> #KM #KMers #IFLAKM #KnowledgeManagement <br><br> <li> 8 Ways to Get a Difficult Conversation Back on Track <a href="" target="_blank"></a> <br><br> <li> Donald Clark Plan B: New evidence that ‘gamification&#039; does NOT work <a href="" target="_blank"></a> <br><br> <li> There are no such things as best practices. There are only practices that are good within a certain context. #KM #KMers <br><br> <li> Conversational competence might be the single most overlooked skill we fail to teach <a href="" target="_blank"></a> <br><br> <li> Paul Sloane @paulsloane lists twelve Jobs that Robots cannot do - Destination Innovation <a href="" target="_blank"></a> <br><br> <li> Agile strategy is a verb not a noun - Meeting Magic @MeetingMagicLtd <a href="" target="_blank"></a> <br><br> <li> The Naturalistic Decision Making Approach by Gary Klein <a href="" target="_blank"></a> <br><br> <li> The Hidden Knowledge Problem in Organizations <a href="" target="_blank"></a> #KM #KMers <br><br> <li> Introduction to Zoom Video Conferencing as a platform for virtual Knowledge Caf&eacute;s <a href="" target="_blank"></a> <br><br> <li> Jordan Peterson's rousing call for people to SPEAK UP because silence is WORSE <a href="" target="_blank"></a> /Oh boy I love this man! <br><br> <li> (Un)Conferencing for knowledge mobilisers <a href="" target="_blank"></a> </ul> <br> If you like the Tweets then <a href="" target="_blank">subscribe to my Tweet stream</a>. 60930150EF43F4EC80258169004F988C Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:44:14 +0100 David Gurteen