Gurteen Knowledge-Letter: Issue 86 - August 2007


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Gurteen Knowledge-Letter: Issue 86 - August 2007


  1 Introduction
  2 Stammtisch and KM
  3 ADVERTISEMENT: InnovationWell Workshops
  4 KM Tools and MY Tools
  5 Second Life - the Movie
  6 Patti Anklam's new book
  7 Google alerts
  8 Knowledge Work and Knowledge Workers
  9 Annual actKM Knowledge Management Awards
10 KM Event Highlights
11 Subscribing and Unsubscribing
12 The Gurteen Knowledge Letter

Yet again, I am writing this month's knowledge letter in SE Asia - this time from my hotel room in Singapore while the rain beats down heavily outside. I have had an amazing two weeks here so far - first in Kuala Lumpur and this week in Singapore. Tomorrow (Sunday), I fly on to Bangkok for a week before returning home.

The main reason for the trip was to run a Knowledge Sharing Masterclass for the Ark Group here in Singapore but I have spent extra time here and packed my days with meetings, lunches and dinners with people who wished to meet with me. And although I have not written much I have kept a photo record of my trip that you can see on Flickr.

I love the Asian culture, the food and especially the rich ethnic mix. I have met some great people who have treated me openly and warmly and I have had some wonderful conversations. If you were one of those people - a great big thank you once again. And for those of you I missed this time around I will be back in Singapore in October and probably again in the region twice more in early 2008.

With my heavy meeting load and the follow up activity it is generating I am afraid I don't have much time to devote to the newsletter this month so please forgive me if it is a little shorter than usual.

Stammtisch and KM
Remember my thoughts on Stammtisch last month. Intrigued? Well it has generated a fair amount of comment and other interesting ideas around the subject. I think what is most interesting thopugh is that KMers in Germany had already adapted the concept to the Knowledge world.

ADVERTISEMENT: InnovationWell Workshops
Advances in Information, Communications and Knowledge Management Support Systems for R&D
15 - 16 October 2007; Bryn Mawr, Philadelphia, US

Topics: Knowledge Management, ICT, Electronic Laboratory Notebooks, LIMS, Groupware, Collaboration Systems, Search, Agents, KM Tools, Web 2.0/3.0, Semantic Web, Social Software, Wikis, Second Life

Further information: Brochure, Blog, Website

Certified Knowledge Manager Training
21 – 25 April 2008, Basel, Switzerland

Workshop Leaders:
  • Douglas Weidner, Chairman, International Knowledge Management Institute
  • Barry Hardy, Founder & Director, InnovationWell
  • Pavel Kraus, President, Swiss Knowledge Management Forum and Partner, aht'intermediation
  • Beat Knechtli, Director, Chief Knowledge Officer, PricewaterhouseCoopers Zurich
Further Information: Brochure, Blog, Km Institute, InnovationWell

Contact: Barry Hardy,  [email protected], +41 61 851 0170

KM Tools and MY Tools
You might be interested in two new sections in my website - the first is dedicated to KM tools and the second to the tools that I use to maintain this site; support my community and make my everyday knowledge sharing and communication possible. At the moment many of the entries are only basic and link to other more comprehensive resources on the web so they are still useful. Over time I will adding to them and expanding them to include notes on how I use the tools;. tips etc. Enjoy!

Second Life - the Movie
Would you like to understand a little more about Second Life but do not have the time in your first life to sign up and explore this exciting virtual world then why not watch the movie and more. :-). A big thanks to Luc Glasbeek for pointing me to this resource.

Patti Anklam's new book
You might like to check out Patti Anklams new book Net Work. The publishers have sent me a copy but I have not had the chance to read it yet but it looks like a pretty comprehensive guide to creating and sustaining networks.

Google alerts
Dave Snowden recently mentioned in one of his blog postings that he has a google alert set to search on his name so he gets to know when anyone talks about or links to him on the web. This seems to me something that most people should do.

If you are not familiar with Google Alerts - they are emails automatically sent to you when there are new Google results search terms you have pre-configured.

I have had several Google alerts configured for the last few years to monitor a number of phrases that are of interest to me such as my name, "knowledge cafe", "knowledge management conference" and also often use them to be kept up-to-date on specific events such as KM Asia.

It really is an essential tool for keeping up to date on web activity. Check it out!

Knowledge Work and Knowledge Workers
I recently recieved this request from Victoria Ward who I am sure many of you know.

Dear fellow Gurteen Knowledge Community members,

I've a request to make of you. I've taken on an assignment to write a 7,000 word paper for an MBA for the College of Estate Management on knowledge work and knowledge workers. It seems sensible not to plough a lonely furrow here but to reach out and find out what others know, what methods they are using, where they are looking for inspiration, the experiences they have or have witnessed on this subject, the questions they are asking themselves.

So that’s what I'm doing. By way of a quid pro quo, as they say in the Shield, I’ll be letting David have a copy of the final work to distribute to anyone who expresses an interest. And who knows, maybe we can start something, play with a wiki, or whatever.

Here are the subheadings under which the College have asked me to write:

  1. What is your experience of the increasing awareness of the rise of the knowledge worker?
  2. What are definitions and characteristics of knowledge workers and knowledge intensive firms?
  3. How are knowledge and knowledge processes applied in knowledge intensive firms (including new generation collaborative software)?
  4. What ways are there to knowledge workers to participate in knowledge processes, including new forms of motivation theory and practice?
  5. What retention strategies can be used successfully with knowledge workers?
  6. How can knowledge management assist with improved project delivery, including Post Project Evaluation, and continuous improvement
  7. How can knowledge management facilitate the sharing of knowledge across a variety for project interfaces, (e.g. stakeholders, participants, disciplines, organizations, project stages)?

With many thanks, and a certain fascination to see what will come of it all.

Victoria Ward

 [email protected]

This looks an exciting and worthwhile little project and I will be helping Victoria myself. If you would like to help also - please contact her directly.

Annual actKM Knowledge Management Awards
I have recently received an e-mail from Nerida Hart, Deputy Convenor of actKM to tell me that it is that time of year again, when actKM calls for nominations for their Annual actKM Knowledge Management Awards.

Nominations should address the criteria set out on the actKM web site and are due to be submitted by September 21st 2007 to  [email protected].

KM Event Highlights
This section highlights some of the major KM events taking place around the world in the coming months and ones in which I am actively involved. You will find a full list on my website where you can also subscribe to both regional e-mail alerts and RSS feeds which will keep you informed of new and upcoming events.

ECKM 2007: The 8th European Conference on Knowledge Management
06 - 07 Sep 2007, Barcelona, Spain
I hope to be attending - so long since I was last in Barcelona.

The European Knowledge Management Thought Leaders Forum
19 -20 Sep 2007, London, United Kingdom
Great event - wil be the 3rd year that I will be atetnding and will br running a Knowledge Cafe to round off the second day.

KM Brazil 2007
22 - 24 Oct 2007, Sao Paulo, Brasil

KM LatinAmerica 2007
22 - 26 Oct 2007, Buenos Aires, Argentina

actKM Conference 2007
22 - 23 Oct 2007, Canberra, Australia
I will be giving the keynote at this conference.

AKEA Conference
27 - 28 Oct 2007, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

KM Asia 2007 29 - 31 Oct 2007, Singapore City, Singapore
I will be running a Knowldege Cafe and a workshop at KM Asia this year.

KMWorld & Intranets 2007
06 - 08 Nov 2007, San Jose, United States
I wil be running a Knowledge Cafe at this event and more. This will be my first time at KM World!

KnowTech 2007
28 - 29 Nov 2007, Frankfurt, Germany

Online Information 2007
04 - 06 Dec 2007, London, United Kingdom
I will be giving a talk and running at least one Knowledge Cafe at this event.

McMaster World Congress
16 Jan 2008 - 18 Jan 2007, Hamilton, Canada

Subscribing and Unsubscribing
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