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We are ignorant of our ignorance

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 27 January 2020



We are ignorant of our ignorance
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 235
Posted DateMonday 27 January 2020 14:18 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

Every month or so for the last few years, I have been having a Zoom conversation with my good friend Charles Savage in Munich, who never fails to inspire me.

I thought I'd share some words of his after a fascinating conversation with him this morning.
Are we moving from “managing knowledge,” the “known” to exploring the frontier of the “unknown?”

Realizing my “ignorance” has been most humbling – and it is revitalized by intense “curiosity!”

So moving from the SMART to the WISE (Wondering, Inquiring, Searching and Exploring) is a delight!

After all, the “insights” we share with one another light up and enlighten our understanding!

Credit: Charles Savage
After writing about science curiosity recently, I have been wondering about how we might become more curious. After my chat with Charles I am wondering if recognizing our real ignorance is part of the answer.

The dérive as practiced by Clive Holtham is a practical way of developing curiosity.

Charles and I were talking about ignorance as I had shared with him some of the ideas from the book The Knowledge Illusion, which I think might be better dubbed the Knowledge Delusion.

I am writing about the subject myself but early days yet - very much work in progress.

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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