Gurteen Knowledge-Letter: Issue 69 - 12th March 2006


First Published

March 2006

The Gurteen Knowledge Letter is a monthly newsletter that is distributed to members of the Gurteen Knowledge Community. You may receive the Knowledge Letter by joining the community. Membership is totally free. You may read back-copies here.

**** The Gurteen Knowledge-Letter (Issue 69, 12 March 2006) ****

Last month I announced my plan to produce a monthly video of a
conversation between myself and a key person from the 'knowledge
world'. This is on track and I will tell you more about it with the
release of one or two of the interviews to coincide with the April
knowledge letter.

But there is a great deal more I would like to share with you about
web video. Many commentators think that 2006 will be the year of
"video on the web" and I would agree. The technology, especially the
spread of broadband, is making quality video viable at last. More
importantly, increasingly, any one can create video material easily
and inexpensively and embed it on their website with ease.

But one step at a time. This month take a look at the first item in
this newsletter on an exciting initiative I have entered into with
Fifty Lessons :-)

*************************** CONTENTS ***************************

1 - Lesson of the Month from Fifty Lessons
2 - Microsoft Live Labs
3 - Library Show 2006
4 - Make it easy for people to contact you
5 - Knowledge Networking for Sustainable Development
6 - An Interview with Dave Winer
7 - Web 2.0 Sites
8 - Regional Knowledge Cafes
9 - On planting seeds
10 - Gurteen Event Calendar
11 - What's New?

************ LESSON OF THE MONTH FROM FIFTY LESSONS ************

I'd like to tell you about an initiative with Fifty Lessons. Each
month, I plan to bring you a free video "Lesson of the Month".

Fifty Lessons has built a world-class, fully indexed digital business
library of executive leadership training content, and has developed
over 500 lessons sharing best practices.

The executives involved, including Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Stelios
Haji-Ioannou, Anita Roddick and Perween Warsi, represent some of the
finest leaders from both the Private and Public Sectors.

The great thing for me is that I have access to the whole library and
get to chose videos that I think will be of interest to you :-)

So this month, given my passion for 'conversation', I have selected a
lesson entitled "The Power of Good Conversation" by Professor Lynda
Gratton, Professor of Management Practice at the London Business

Like most of the lessons it is 5 minutes long and not only does Lynda
tell an interesting story about the importance of conversation in
business but you will also start to appreciate how short video
stories can be very powerful in communicating knowledge.


********************** MICROSOFT LIVE LABS **********************

Well I was only going to point you to Microsoft's "Live Labs" a new
partnership between MSN and Microsoft Research that focuses on
applied research for Internet products and services at Microsoft that
I learnt about from Ray Ozzie's weblog.

But in doing so I found something called "Street-side imagery" which
although still a little clunky - has an enormous potential.

Street-side imagery allows you to drive around a city looking at the
world around you as if you were in a car. But unlike the real world,
you can stop your car anywhere you like and rotate your view around
360 degrees. Currently there is street-side imagery for San Francisco
and Seattle online.

I know downtown Seattle quite well - so had fun "driving" around -
and even managed to find Pike Market!

You can try it out at
http://preview.local.live.com .

Microsoft Live Labs

Rau Ozzie's Weblog

*********************** LIBRARY SHOW 2006 ***********************

Libraries face a lot of challenges as the word goes digital and need
to discover a new role within society, commerce, schools and
academia. To this end they are showing an increasing interest in
knowledge management. Back in September 2005, I ran a knowledge cafe
on 'knowledge sharing' for a group of central banking librarians at a
conference in Cambridge and only few weeks ago a half-day workshop
for the Health Sciences Libraries Group in Kilkenny in Ireland.

I was hoping to speak at this years Library Show in Birmingham,
England (26th - 27th April). I last did in 2004 but left it a bit
late to get involved this year. But take a look at the
exhibition/conference it looks like being a pretty good event.

Library Show 2006

Library Weblogs Directory

Wikipedia on Open Access Publishing

************ MAKE IT EASY FOR PEOPLE TO CONTACT YOU ************

I have lost count of the number of times I have not been able to
reply to an e-mail from someone by picking up the phone and calling
them because their phone number was not at the bottom of their
e-mail. Or wondering where people are from as my reply might be a
function of where they live.

I understand that some people deliberately do not want to reveal
their contact details but most I believe have just never got around
to configuring their email to automatically add a signature.

Its easy and takes only a few minutes on most email systems. Think
about it :-)

See here for details of how to do it on most email systems:



I recently stumbled across this interesting paper from Vikas Nath
that aims to stimulate discussion on a knowledge-based networking
approach to sustainable development. I thought some of you might be


***************** AN INTERVIEW WITH DAVE WINER *****************

Mike Baxter who attends my knowledge cafes in London dropped me an
e-mail to tell me about this interview with Dave Winer in CIO
Insight. Dave was one of the early weblog pioneers. In the article
Dave says

"Blogging tools and RSS are the realization of knowledge management.
It's about having employees speak in their own voices."

I couldn't agree more! Although a lot of people still do not
understand 'social tools' and even many of those that do tend to
dismiss them. To my mind they are what 'KM' should really be all
about - people directly sharing their knowledge with each other;
learning from each other and getting things done on an everyday basis!


************************* WEB 2.0 SITES *************************

You may increasingly see reference to so called "Web 2.0" websites. I
took a look at Wikipedia to come up with a definition that I have
slightly adapted - mainly removing the techie bits:

"Web 2.0 refers to what some people describe as a second phase of
architecture and application development for the World Wide Web. Web
2.0 applications often use a combination of techniques devised in the
late 1990s that often allow for mass publishing (web-based social
software). The term may include blogs and wikis. To some extent Web
2.0 has become a buzzword, incorporating whatever is newly popular on
the Web (such as tags and podcasts). A consensus on its exact meaning
has not yet been reached."

Wikipedia on Web 2.0

Web 2.0 directory of over 900 Web 2.0 websites

And if you are techie minded here are some additional comments from
Roland Tango that to my mind hit it on the nail!

******************* REGIONAL KNOWLEDGE CAFES *******************

Well the inaugural Bristol, England and Adelaide, Australia knowledge
cafes in Feb and early March were tremendously successful. About 25
attended in Bristol which I attended and about 15 in Adelaide. So not
a bad start. Pity I could not make the Adelaide event :-)

For more information on my knowledge cafes see:


*********************** ON PLANTING SEEDS ***********************

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you
plant." Robert Louis Stevenson

This is one of the latest quotations I have added to my site. There
are 663 quotations to be exact and one or two more get added each

You can receive a quotation each week by email if you wish - my way
of sowing seeds :-) I also have an RSS feed through which you may
receive a quotation each day.


Also see:

******************** GURTEEN EVENT CALENDAR ********************

My website contains such a comprehensive listing of knowledge related
events that it is no longer possible to display them all. The list
below shows
only the major events or ones of special interest that will be held
in the next
month or so. You can see the complete list on my website. Better still
subscribe to my e-mail event alert for your region:


Gurteen Event Calendar:

Will accountants have any role in accounting information in the
14 Mar 2006, London, United Kingdom

Knowledge Management in Practice
14 - 17 Mar 2006, Johannesburg, South Africa

Cynefin Practitioners Course
16 - 19 Mar 2006, London, United Kingdom

Professional Support Lawyer Induction
17 Mar 2006, London, United Kingdom

International Conference on Organizational Learning, Knowledge and
20 - 22 Mar 2006, Coventry, United Kingdom

General Online Research 2006 (GOR06)
21 - 22 Mar 2006, Bielefeld, Germany

American Creativity Association 2006 International Conference
22 - 25 Mar 2006, Austin, United States

Mobile Knowledge Workers: Providing Solutions for Performance
22 Mar 2006, London, United Kingdom

Professional Support Lawyers and Knowledge Management
24 Mar 2006, London, United Kingdom

Blogs, Wikis and RSS
29 - 31 Mar 2006, Sydney, Australia

Can't Travel? Go Remote!
30 Mar - 06 Apr 2006,

Symposium on Leveraging Knowledge
30 Mar 2006, Waltham MA, United States

HRD 2006
04 - 06 Apr 2006, London, United Kingdom

Double loop learning & KM: Breaking Through Performance Boundaries?
05 Apr 2006, London, United Kingdom

Evolutionary Enlightenment
07 - 09 Apr 2006, London, United Kingdom

10 - 11 Apr 2006, London, United Kingdom

Practical Knowledge Management
11 Apr 2006, Melbourne, Australia

E-Gov Knowledge Management Conference 2006
19 - 21 Apr 2006, Washington DC, United States

Knowledge Management in a Global Economy
04 - 05 May 2006, Las Vegas, United States

Becoming an effective knowledge worker
11 May 2006, London, United Kingdom

KMICE'06: Knowledge Management International Conference and
Exhibition 2006
06 - 08 Jun 2006, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

***************** THE GURTEEN KNOWLEDGE-LETTER *****************

The Gurteen Knowledge-Letter is a free monthly e-mail based knowledge
management newsletter for Knowledge Workers. Its purpose is to help
you better manage your knowledge and to stimulate thought and
interest in such subjects as Knowledge Management, Learning,
Creativity and the effective use of Internet technology.

It is produced in association with the Knowledge Management Forum of
Henley Management College, Oxfordshire, England.


You may copy, reprint or forward all or part of this newsletter to
friends, colleagues or customers, so long as any use is not for
resale or profit and I am attributed.

David Gurteen
Gurteen Knowledge
Fleet, United Kingdom

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
David Gurteen

Follow me on Twitter

How to contact me

My Blog

Gurteen Knowledge Community
The Gurteen Knowledge Community
The Gurteen Knowledge Community is a global learning community of over 21,000 people in 160 countries across the world.

The community is for people who are committed to making a difference: people who wish to share and learn from each other and who strive to see the world differently, think differently and act differently.

Membership of the Gurteen Knowledge Community is free.
Knowledge Community


request help
visitor book
Saturday 13 July 2024
08:20 PM GDT