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Introduction to the November 2015 Knowledge Letter

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 25 November 2015



Introduction to the November 2015 Knowledge Letter
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 185
Posted DateWednesday 25 November 2015 14:23 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

First, my apologies for an exceptionally short Knowledge Letter this month - what with moving house and a recent trip to Hong Kong for KM Asia (a great conference by the way given its first time in Hong Kong after 14 years in Singapore) I am way behind on everything.

I also had a trip to Cork in Ireland (happened to be there the same day as Tim Cook) to run a special Knowledge Café. Let me explain.

In my experience the Knowledge Cafe works best for between 12 to 24 people though I often run Cafes for 50 people or more but I never feel they work well at that size even though I know the World Cafe community seem to run them quite happily with a hundred or more participants.

So when I was asked to run a Café for Johnson & Johnson Ireland for 100 managers at a networking event in Cork, I was a little unsure of how well it would work.

But in our discussions, what I thought to be a viable design emerged - to run four Cafes concurrently and synchronously in the same room. That's 25 people in each Cafe - an ideal number. Each Cafe was quite separate and each on a different topic under an overarching theme and a different trigger question.

I was just a little nervous having not tried this before but it worked amazingly well. Give me a few weeks and I will have it all written up along with some photos and video to share with you.

And a big thanks to Johnson & Johnson for giving me permission to share the outline of the event and the photos with you.

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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