How can we more actively share knowledge within the workplace?
A Gurteen Knowledge Cafe
Date: Monday 23 September 2013, 16:00 - 18:30
Speaker: Roger Smethurst is the Head of Knowledge and Information Management in Cabinet Office.
Theme: How to connect those who are searching for knowledge with those who have it and how conversation can further encourage the flow of knowledge.
Roger Smethurst will briefly set out his vision for how knowledge management can be of real value to an organisation, through helping those seeking knowledge to connect with those who already have the knowledge being sought.
A culture of sharing and a willingness to connect with colleagues are the foundation on which to build conversations that enable knowledge to be shared effectively.
Facilitator: David Gurteen will facilitate the session by talking about the role of conversation in organisations and will explain the Knowledge Cafe concept and how it can be applied. After Roger's talk, he will then facilitate a Knowledge Cafe around the central question "How can we more actively share knowledge within the workplace?"
Sponsor: Rose Atkinson, The Cabinet Office
HM Treasury Building
1 Horse Guards Road
London SW1A 2HQ
Directions: Please report to reception in the HM Treasury Building.
The Gurteen Knowledge Cafe
David has run hundreds of Knowledge Cafes around the world in the last few years in cities such as Moscow, Washington DC, Phoenix Arizona, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok, Sydney and Wellington.
An open Knowledge Café is free and open to anyone who cares to participate. They are great social learning and networking events. Participants engage with the theme of the evening and some insightful, energetic conversations take place.
Better still, the Knowledge Café process is one that you can take back with you and use in your own organizations to help create a more collaborative and innovative culture.
What is a Gurteen Knowledge Café?
A Knowledge Cafe is a means of bringing a group of people together to have an open, creative conversation on a topic of mutual interest to surface their collective knowledge, to share ideas and insights and to gain a deeper understanding of the subject and the issues involved.
The Knowledge Cafe Philosophy
Most people are not inclined to share their knowledge freely for numerous reasons. These include: the attitude that knowledge is power, a silo-mentality, a lack of time, lack of confidence, lack of trust and no perceived benefit - the list at times seems endless.
But clearly today, "sharing knowledge is power". To achieve anything in this highly competitive wired world we need to work with people more than ever: to share with them; to learn from each other and to collaborate.
However, you cannot mandate people to share. You cannot even teach them to share. People need to see the problems of not sharing and the benefits of collaboration for themselves. If they truly buy into the fact that “knowledge sharing is power” then they will overcome the barriers for themselves.
A Gurteen Knowledge Cafe brings people together to talk openly about "knowledge sharing"; to identify the barriers and how to overcome them. The participants learn to see the subject in a new light - to better understand other people's perspectives and indeed their own. And to better understand the issues. Better understanding in turn paves the way for personal change and in its turn organizational change.
This is just one application of the Cafe process but there are a multitude of others. Here are just three
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