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Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 16 September 2008



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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 99
Posted DateTuesday 16 September 2008 13:47 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

In the last month, I have spoken at the IFLA conference in Quebec City and given a keynote talk at KM Brasil in Sao Paulo. While in Brasil I also ran a Knowledge Cafe workshop for Petrorbras in Rio de Janeiro for about 50 people. And oh yes also a knowledge cafe at ECKM 2008 in Southampton.

I find it strange when people talk about the death of KM as it is clearly thriving. In Brasil, there were 600 participants at the conference - mainly members of the Brazilian Knowledge Management Society and it was a very active lively event - even though I could not understand a word given most of it was in Portuguese - though Ana Neves of KMOL was also speaking and helped me out as translator.

And both IFLA (International Federation of Libraries Association) and SLA (Special Libraries Association) have thriving KM sections. If I look around the world there are many KM societies and associations - all the ones I have found I have linked to on my site.

I am happy to have recently helped kick off the Mumbai KM Community in India by doing a mail shot to my community in that city: 16 people attended the first meeting of which 5-6 heard about it via my e-mail. If I can help get your community going do let me know!

I will be on my travels again soon ... Oslo in a weeks time and then Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. All of which have their own indigenous KM networks. KM is far from dead!

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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