Gurteen Knowledge Letter: Issue 186 - December 2015


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Gurteen Knowledge Letter: Issue 186 - December 2015


  1. Introduction to the December 2015 Knowledge Letter
  2. Up Periscope
  3. Knowledge Café Stories
  4. The art of ditting
  5. Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: December 2015
  6. Upcoming Knowledge Events
  7. Subscribing and Unsubscribing
  8. The Gurteen Knowledge Letter

Introduction to the December 2015 Knowledge Letter

Every Christmas, this knowledge letter gets shorter and shorter and later and later. This year is no exception! But then I hope you have far better things to do then to read it :-)

For those of you who celebrate Christmas I hope you have had a wonderful time. And to everyone here's wishing you a very happy New Year.

Up Periscope

I told you about Blab recently. Now take a look at another video app - Periscope. This is how the developers' describe it.

Just over a year ago, we became fascinated by the idea of discovering the world through someone else's eyes. What if you could see through the eyes of a protester in Ukraine? Or watch the sunrise from a hot air balloon in Cappadocia?

It may sound crazy, but we wanted to build the closest thing to teleportation. While there are many ways to discover events and places, we realized there is no better way to experience a place right now than through live video. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but live video can take you someplace and show you around.

Credit: Periscope
Like Blab, the video and sound quality are superb and it is possible for the broadcaster to interact with the viewers via text messages that appear superimposed on top of the video - a little crude but effective. I suspect we are going to see some very interesting citizen journalism.

Knowledge Café Stories

It always surprises me at times what I stumble over when Googling.

I was looking for stories and the like that people have published over the years about my Knowledge Cafés - you will find a few stories here but this one surprised me - Exploring the Gurteen Knowledge Café approach as an innovative teaching for learning strategy with first-year engineering students.

The researcher and author Prof. Deonarain Brijlall of the Durban University of Technology in South Africa had not told me about it :-)

Anyway, thanks to Google for helping me to find it and to Prof. Brijlal for adapting the Café as a teaching method for his students.

This style of teaching is one of the major untapped applications of the Café and the philosophy has much in common with flipped teaching.

The art of ditting

Ditting is the the art of sharing anecdotes while trying to trump the story of the previous person.

Too often conversations fall prone to it and we end up not listening to the other person's story but recalling and rehearsing our own in our head so we can trump their story. We all do it at one time or another when really we should just take the time to listen to and fully appreciate the other person's story.

Monty Python's Four Yorkshire men is a humrerous ditting sketch.

But closer to real life is the scene near the end of the movie Jaws where Brody, Hooper and Quint share their "scar" stories.

Credit: Thanks to this old post of Ron Donaldsons for reminding me of this conversational phenomana.

Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: December 2015

Here are some of my more popular recent tweets. Take a look, if you are not a Tweeter, you will get a good idea of how I use it by browsing the list of micro-posts.

If you like the Tweets then subscribe to my Tweet stream.

Upcoming Knowledge Events

Here are 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.

KM Legal Europe 2016
20 - 21 Jan 2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands

KM Iran 2016
23 - 24 Feb 2016, Tehran, Iran

Henley Forum 16th Annual Conference
24 - 25 Feb 2016, Henley on Thames, United Kingdom

APQC's 2016 Knowledge Management Conference
25 - 29 Apr 2016, Houston, United States

KM Legal 2016
18 - 19 May 2016, London, United Kingdom

KM UK 2016
15 - 16 Jun 2016, London, United Kingdom

3rd European Conference on Social Media ECSM 2016
12 - 13 Jul 2016, Caen, France

17th European Conference on Knowledge Management
01 - 02 Sep 2016, Belfast, Ireland

Subscribing and Unsubscribing

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The Gurteen Knowledge Letter

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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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