Conversation in the context of this website is best framed by the following quotations:
Business is a conversation because the defining work of business is conversation - literally. And 'knowledge workers' are simply those people whose job consists of having interesting conversations.
The kind of conversation I like is one in which you are prepared to emerge a slightly different person.
Conversation is a meeting of minds with different memories and habits. When minds meet, they don't just exchange facts: they transform them, reshape them, draw different implications from them, engage in new trains of thought. Conversation doesn't just reshuffle the cards: it creates new cards.
Conversation. What is it? A Mystery! It's the art of never seeming bored, of touching everything with interest, of pleasing with trifles, of being fascinating with nothing at all. How do we define this lively darting about with words, of hitting them back and forth, this sort of brief smile of ideas which should be conversation?
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How to Make a Decision Like a Tribe by Peter Carlin An article from FastCompany about native American Indian decision making Impressions of the 2nd Gurteen Knowledge Conference 26 November 2003 by Shane Godbolt , Tim Dee Knowledge is not something you keep in your head, it's a behaviour Knowledge Café on 'The role of conversation in business' - Wed 16 Oct 2002 by Anna McAvoy Knowledge Management and Real Conversation by David Gurteen Learn to Listen and to Tell the Truth by David Gurteen A short article on conversation The Art of Powerful Conversations by David Isaacs, Juanita Brown, Eric E. Vogt Catalyzing Insight, Innovation, and Action The Gurteen Knowledge Café: A conversation with David Gurteen by Anna McAvoy Virtual Value - Conversation, ideas and the creative economy by Alex McKie Interesting article on creative conversation My talk at the Coffeemachine seemed to go down well this evening Gurteen Knowledge-Log, David Gurteen, 18 June 2002 SAD CAFÉ Gurteen Knowledge-Log, David Gurteen, 3 July 2002 Start and spread combustible conversations Gurteen Knowledge-Log, David Gurteen, 14 July 2002 Gurteen Knowledge Cafe Gurteen Knowledge-Log, David Gurteen, 21 August 2002 Open Conversation Gurteen Knowledge-Log, David Gurteen, 20 October 2002 Conversation as a core business process Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 24 October 2002 KnowledgeBoard Workshop: The role of conversation in KM Gurteen Knowledge-Log, David Gurteen, 24 October 2002 Conversations, blogs and related musings Gurteen Knowledge-Log, David Gurteen, 30 October 2002 The Law of Two Feet Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 22 February 2003 Conversation Cafes Gurteen Knowledge-Log, David Gurteen, 6 April 2003 Christopher Lydon Interviews Gurteen Knowledge-Log, David Gurteen, 2 May 2004 The Conference Bike Gurteen Knowledge-Log, David Gurteen, 16 September 2004 Conversation Kindling Gurteen Knowledge-Log, David Gurteen, 22 February 2009 Are You Using the Wrong Leadership Competencies? Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 12 April 2010 In a good conversation you can reach out and touch each other Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 22 November 2010 Fearing doing something Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 21 February 2011 Balancing Contributions During Face-to-Face Collaboration Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 27 April 2011 Boring conversations and KM Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 25 June 2011 Are conversation, appreciation and understanding innovation? Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 27 July 2011 Conversation in the wild Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 26 September 2011 Conferences use valuable face-to-face time for worthless presentations by people who are not particularly entertaining Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 4 October 2011 Going off topic in a Knowledge Cafe Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 11 November 2011 The aim of Knowledge Management should be enabling better conversations Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 23 February 2012 Tuesday Conversations Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 30 March 2012 Business is a Conversation - It's Good To Talk Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 21 April 2012 Friends With Cognitive Benefits: How friendly conversation can boost your cognitive abilities Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 19 September 2012 Dialogue is an opportunity to proceed as climbers do Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 23 October 2012 The surprising value of conversations Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 29 November 2012 The Al Jazeera Cafe: not quite a conversation Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 29 November 2012 Verbal Judo: Diffusing Conflict Through Conversation Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 18 December 2012 Humans are "designed" for conversation. Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 19 January 2013 Conversations are spontaneous and emergent, not planned and structured Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 27 March 2013 What role does conversation play in the work you do? Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 24 July 2013 Nancy Dixon and I are looking for stories Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 24 July 2013 Changing Conversations in Organizations ( 2002) by Patricia Shaw A Complexity Approach to Change (Complexity and Emergence in Organisations) Conversation ( 1998) by Theodore Zeldin How Talk Can Change Your Life Conversational Learning (Aug 2002) by Ann C. Baker , David A. Kolb , Patricia J. Jensen An Experiential Approach to Knowledge Creation Difficult Conversations ( 1999) by Douglas Stone , Bruce Patton , Sheila Heen How to Discuss what Matters Most Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott Achieving Success at Work & in Life, One Conversation at a Time How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work ( 2001) by Robert Kegan , Lisa Laskow Lahey Seven Languages for Transformation Leadership Conversations (February 2013) by Alan S. Berson , Richard G. Stieglitz Challenging High Potential Managers to Become Great Leaders Life-Changing Conversations (Mar 2012) by Sarah Rozenthuler 7 strategies for talking about what matters most Listening ( 1995) by Madelyn Burley-Allen The Forgotten Skill Listening to the Volcano (Mar 2005) by David Hutchens Conversations That Open Our Minds to New Possibilities The 8th Habit (Nov 2004) by Stephen Covey From Effectiveness to Greatness The Art of Conversation (Dec 2008) by Catherine Blyth The Art of Listening by Erich Fromm The ClueTrain Manifesto ( 2000) by Christopher Locke, Rick Levine , Doc Searls , David Weinberger The End of Business as Usual The De-Voicing of Society by John L. Locke Why We Don't Talk to Each Other Anymore The Future of Knowledge (Oct 2002) by Verna Allee Increasing Prosperity through Value Networks The Magic of Dialogue ( 1999) by Daniel Yankelovich Transforming Conflict into Cooperation The World Café (Apr 2005) by Juanita Brown, David Isaacs, Margaret J. Wheatley Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations That Matter Time to Think ( 1998) by Nancy Kline Listening to ignite the human mind Turning to One Another (Jan 2002) by Margaret J. Wheatley Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future Why Men Don't Listen & Women Can't Read Maps ( 2001) by Allan Pease , Barbara Pease How we're different and what to fo about it Conversation [127 items] Business is a conversation because the defining work of business is conversation - literally. Collaborative Work Presentation A presenation I gave at Online Information 2002 Conference & Exhibition, London Does Conversation Work? An article on conversation by Ray Shaw Hosting grassroot conversations between knowledge activists by Ton Zijlstra The Global Knowledge Review - January 2005 Gurteen Community Cafe, Adelaide - Australia Gurteen Community Cafés. Gurteen Community Cafe, Liverpool - England Gurteen Community Cafés. Gurteen Community Café, London - England Gurteen Community Cafés. Language is our genes talking: How language transformed humanity A TEDTalk by Mark Pagel Creating Conversational Trust Trust vs. Control Ideas for Changing the Nature of the Conversation Civic Engagement & the Restoration of Community: Changing the Nature of the Conversation by Peter Block The Power of Conversational Leadership The Power of Conversational Leadership by Boris Groysberg and Michael Slind Changing the Conversation in your Company Changing the Conversation in your Company by Boris Groysberg & Michael Slind The Art of Conversation: All of us are smarter than any of us by @kdelarue The Art of Conversation: All of us are smarter than any of us by Keith De La Rue What are the Realities that you are Not Currently Facing? by @robinrydenow 5 Suggestions to Leaders to Create Higher Quality Dialogue in their Organisation Leadership is a Conversation by Boris Groysberg & Michael Slind Leadership is a Conversation Cafe Scientifique Creative State Interesting Australian website on the role of conversation in business Cybernetic Conversation Group Jazz Leading Sustainable Conversations Pegasus Communications Socrates Cafe Stars Knowledge Cafe The Society for Philosophical Inquiry The Wisdom Meme Announcement of New Book: Leading Issues in Social Knowledge Management Posted to Gurteen Mail Log by David Gurteen on 8 May 2012 Dilbert on Not Listening Dilbert Comic Strip on Not Listening Dilbert on Small Group work Dilbert Comic Strip on Small Group work Video: Interview with David Gurteen at the ING Business Academy Interview with David Gurteen at the ING Business Academy Video: Theodore Zeldin discusses the results of the Courage Beer Conversations Survey. Theodore Zeldin discusses the results of the Courage Beer Conversations Survey Hosting World Cafe: The Fundamentals with Fielding Graduate University 17 Feb - 07 Apr 2013, World Cafe Community Foundation online Knowledge Café: Facilitér effektiv videndeling i din organisation 04 Jun 2013, VidenDanmark Akademi Copenhagen, Denmark Alan Stewart David Isaacs Juanita Brown Margaret J. Wheatley Speaker, Writer, Consultant & President of The Berkana Institute
Theodore Zeldin (b. 1933) Historian & Author Abercrombie's thesis by Melanie Abercrombie Conversation is our most powerful learning technology by Jay Cross Conversations are the most important form of work by Alan M. Webber Conversation. What is it? by Guy de Maupassant On avoiding criticism by Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) American Publisher On believing what you think I said by Ashleigh Brilliant On blindness and listening by Delboy's Old Mum On business as a conversation by David Weinberger On changing people's behavior by David Gurteen Knowledge Management Facilitator On community by M. Scott Peck Psychiatrist & author On conversation by Tom Peters Consultant & Author On conversation and agreement by Michel de Montaigne (1533 - 1592) French writer & philosopher On conversation and being human by David Weinberger On conversation and charm by Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BC - 65) Roman Philosopher & Playwright On conversation and emerging a slightly different person by Theodore Zeldin (b. 1933) Historian & Author On conversation and shift by Linda Lambert On conversation as a knowledge management tool by Nancy Dixon On conversation in community by Dave Pollard On conversations that overcome the fragmented nature of our communities by Peter Block (b. 1940) On courage and listening by Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) British Politician On deciding what kind of conversations we have by Theodore Zeldin (b. 1933) Historian & Author On excited conversation by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882) American Essayist & Poet On hearing and talking by Zeno of Citium On how humans have always thought together by Margaret J. Wheatley Speaker, Writer, Consultant & President of The Berkana Institute
On individuals by Theodore Zeldin (b. 1933) Historian & Author On KM and conversation by Dave Pollard On knowing how to listen by Plutarch (46 - 120) Greek Essayist On knowledge workers and interesting conversations by Christopher Locke Journalist & Author On knowledge workers & conversation by David Weinberger On knowledge, people, communities and networks by Denham Grey Knowledge Consultant On language as armory by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) British Poet & Philosopher On natural play and conversation by Michel de Montaigne (1533 - 1592) French writer & philosopher On not having to weigh thoughts or measure words by Dinah Craik A Life for a Life, 1859 On our business voice by David Weinberger On our voice by David Weinberger On poetry by James Buchan On really good conversations by Michael Slind On technology and communication by Theodore Zeldin (b. 1933) Historian & Author On the english language by Garrison Keillor On the heart of knowledge management by Marc Auckland On the Internet and your own voice by David Weinberger On the little I know by John Locke (1632 - 1704) British Philosopher On the true spirit of conversation by Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton On the way workers discover what they know On thinking and conversation by Plato (428 BC - 348 BC), Greek philosopher On trust and communication by Karl-Erik Sveiby Consultant & Professor in Knowledge Management On webs of human conversations by Fernando Flores On where learning is taking place in your organization by Juanita Brown and David Isaacs Organizations live or die in the swarm by Kenneth Gergen The Cluetrain Manifesto on Conversation by Christopher Locke, Rick Levine, Doc Searls, David Weinberger The problems with traditional conference formats by Ann C. Baker, Patricia I. jensen, and David A. Kolb When minds meet by Theodore Zeldin (b. 1933) Historian & Author When people begin to ask questions together by Mike Szymanczyk Chairman & CEO, The Altira Group
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