Gurteen Knowledge-Letter: Issue 124 - October 2010


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Gurteen Knowledge-Letter: Issue 124 - October 2010


  1 Introduction to the October 2010 Knowledge Letter
  2 Gurteen Knowledge Community Group on Linkedin
  3 A Knowledge Cafe in the Sky?
  4 Share it, don't just store it
  5 What KM practitioners can learn from Positive Deviance
  6 The soft stuff is the hard stuff
  7 Ken Robinson again
  8 Free Wifi please
  9 Hot tweets: October 2010
10 October 2010: Major KM Events over next 12 months
11 Subscribing and Unsubscribing
12 The Gurteen Knowledge Letter

Introduction to the October 2010 Knowledge Letter    (top | next | prev)

Please forgive me this month as this Knowledge Letter is a little lean. As you may know I am in the middle of a 5 week trip to Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. I started out on 7th October and don't return to England until 15th November. I have workshops and meetings almost every day and so finding time for this newsletter has been tough. I am writing it now on a rather wet Saturday in my hotel room in Melbourne :-)

Gurteen Knowledge Community Group on Linkedin    (top | next | prev)

The Gurteen Knowledge Group on LinkedIn is the central discussion forum for the Gurteen Knowledge Community.

There are now just over 1,200 members. If you would like to join then you can register here.

Please take the time to register and join the conversations and help turn what is still really just a network into a community :-)

A Knowledge Cafe in the Sky?    (top | next | prev)

Imagine a hotel consisting of three tall 55-storey tower blocks with a ship perched on top. I am serious. Well, something that looks like a ship LOL - an incredible roof top garden called a SkyPark. They have built one in Singapore - the Sands SkyPark.

I don't know how I am going to do it but I want to run a Knowledge Cafe up there :-) Has anyone got any ideas on how to make that happen?

Share it, don't just store it    (top | next | prev)

This is an interesting post from Jack Vinson based on a post from Cory Banks.

As Cory concludes in his post "If you want to make sure you successfully communicate your message, get your point across or transfer some knowledge then you need to do a lot more than draft a document and upload it."

As someone else once said, databases are where documents go to die!

What KM practitioners can learn from Positive Deviance    (top | next | prev)

I gave the keynote speech at the actKM conference in Canberra last week. Its one of my favorite conference and this was the third time I had participated so I felt right at home with a great a bunch of people. The dinner on the first night will long be remembered for the KM fables that we wrote and acted out and the KM song!

In my talk, I took the opportunity to share some of my thoughts on the underlying principals that has made Positive Deviance a success and the lessons that KM practitioners can learn from this approach to complex social problems.

You can find my slides on SlideShare.

The soft stuff is the hard stuff    (top | next | prev)

In the words of Euan Semple from a recent blog post "Listening to endless presentations about business and technology as I do it becomes more and more obvious that the opportunity to capitalise on increased connectivity, and the need to reinvent our institutions, are entirely dependent on the quality of our relationships. Shame people are still squeamish about talking about this."

Funny reading this, as only hours earlier in a Knowledge Cafe here in Melbourne, someone reminded me that the most important benefit of conversation was improved relationships. Why is it that some many people see conversation as a waste of time? I will never know.

Increasingly, I think that is there is any hope left for this world the answer lies in conversation.

I am still pondering whether to give up all the other stuff I do and just focus on my Knowledge Cafes and bringing people together to have "interesting conversations" :-)

Ken Robinson again    (top | next | prev)

Some time back I talked about TED Talks. These talks are still some of the most exciting, provocative presentations on the web and I am surprised by the number of people who have not discovered them yet.

One of early most popular talks is from Sir Ken Robinson from 2006 that has been downloaded 4 million times: Sir Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity.

If you have seen it and like it - you make like a more recent talk by Ken Bring on the learning revolution!. Or take a look at his recent book The Element:How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

Free Wifi please    (top | next | prev)

While travelling I have been making much more use of Foursquare and Facebook Places. And something quite beautiful has dawned on me. If bars, restaurants, coffee houses, hotels and the like wish to be serous players in this game then it is going to be in their interest to provide free wifi :-)

When I checked-in on Foursquare to my hotel in Melbourne, I found there was one existing comment and so I added my own to complement it :-)

Slowly hotels are starting to get the message. Singapore understands - pretty much all the places I visit have free wifi including my regular hotel.

Hot tweets: October 2010    (top | next | prev)

Here are some of my more interesting Tweets for the month of October 2010. 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. And if you like what you see then subscribe to my Tweets.
  • David Gurteen (DavidGurteen)

    Doctors And Nurses Prove Clinical Sucess. http://news.sky.com/skynews/Article/201010115758767

    2010-10-16 04:45:36 UTC

  • David Gurteen (DavidGurteen)

    RT @leahdarby: come hear @snowded' s keynote/attend site visit at KM Legal Europe 26-27 Jan'11 Amsterdam http://goo.gl/FKY5 #KMLE11

    2010-10-14 10:42:18 UTC

  • David Gurteen (DavidGurteen)

    Wipro Technologies Wins Asian MAKE Award 2010 http://bit.ly/cJG316 #km

    2010-10-14 10:06:45 UTC

  • David Gurteen (DavidGurteen)

    RT @snowded: Large NHS conference today, of 150 senior managers only one uses twitter!

    2010-10-12 22:01:52 UTC

  • David Gurteen (DavidGurteen)

    RT @GurteenQuotes: "Argument is meant to reveal the truth, not to create it." Edward De Bono #quote http://bit.ly/5YNBTD

    2010-10-11 22:03:40 UTC

  • David Gurteen (DavidGurteen)

    Conference ruts http://bit.ly/cIncGC

    2010-10-06 12:20:53 UTC

  • David Gurteen (DavidGurteen)

    Johnnie Moore: Action, feelings and meaning http://bit.ly/dpv3kG

    2010-10-06 11:08:40 UTC

  • David Gurteen (DavidGurteen)

    James Robertson on User Adoption Strategies, "a must-read" http://bit.ly/clN8Pa

    2010-10-05 09:21:57 UTC

  • David Gurteen (DavidGurteen)

    Video: The Source of Creativity by John Cleese http://bit.ly/bCUh13

    2010-10-05 07:26:37 UTC

  • David Gurteen (DavidGurteen)

    Dilbert: What do you get when you combine cognitive bias with inaccurate information? http://bit.ly/d59c96 #KM

    2010-10-05 07:17:29 UTC

  • David Gurteen (DavidGurteen)

    RT @GurteenNews: Share: Speed Consulting http://j.mp/cRDUGu #KM

    2010-10-05 07:06:22 UTC

  • David Gurteen (DavidGurteen)

    Call for papers ECKM 2011 1-2 Sept, Passau, Germany http://bit.ly/aQgJjR #KM

    2010-10-04 11:42:05 UTC

  • David Gurteen (DavidGurteen)

    RT @snowded: On line interview with myself and Mary Boone re HBR article on #Cynefin http://bit.ly/alMqaY

    2010-10-04 07:00:03 UTC

  • David Gurteen (DavidGurteen)

    “don’t be the best in the world at what you do; be the only one in the world who does what you do.” http://bit.ly/9K33bL

    2010-10-03 15:33:38 UTC

  • David Gurteen (DavidGurteen)

    Donald Duck & the Truth of our times - The Cavalry is Coming http://bit.ly/d0p2QC

    2010-10-03 15:30:13 UTC

  • David Gurteen (DavidGurteen)

    Saudi women fight for control of their marital fate http://bit.ly/9clB5h

    2010-10-03 14:29:04 UTC

  • David Gurteen (DavidGurteen)

    Students in Singapore have ranked at or near top on int'l math exams since the mid-1990s http://nyti.ms/cEaRPz

    2010-10-03 08:03:15 UTC

  • David Gurteen (DavidGurteen)

    RT @JohnGirard: KM Middle East 2011 Abu Dhabi March 15/16. @DavidGurteen & @JohnGirard to deliver keynotes #KMME #KM

    2010-10-03 07:53:23 UTC

  • David Gurteen (DavidGurteen)

    Conflict sells papers and pulls in eyeballs and ears. http://bit.ly/ckHLZZ

    2010-10-02 07:38:54 UTC

  • David Gurteen (DavidGurteen)

    Raj Patel on the Value of Nothing http://bit.ly/atTbGK

    2010-10-01 08:49:11 UTC

  • David Gurteen (DavidGurteen)

    Why we need a new media model - Complexity! http://bit.ly/ckHLZZ

    2010-10-01 07:03:41 UTC

  • David Gurteen (DavidGurteen)

    Want to Help Developing Countries? Sell Them Good Stuff - Cheap http://bit.ly/cEfMni #socialgood

    2010-09-28 11:28:43 UTC

October 2010: Major KM Events over next 12 months    (top | next | prev)

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.

International Business-forum on Knowledge Management
25 - 26 Oct 2010, Moscow, Russia

7th International Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management & Organisational Learning (ICICKM 2010)
11 - 12 Nov 2010, Hong Kong, China

KMWorld & Intranets 2010
16 - 18 Nov 2010, Washington DC, United States
This event will be in Washington DC this year but I won't be attending.

KM Asia 2010
23 - 25 Nov 2010, Singapore City, Singapore
I will not be at KM Asia this year.

Online Information Conference 2010
30 Nov - 02 Dec 2010, London, United Kingdom

3rd Iranian Knowledge Management Conference
08 - 09 Feb 2011, Tehran, Iran
I will be speaking at this conference in Tehran

Henley Knowledge Mangement Forum Annual Conference
16 - 17 Feb 2011, Greenlands, Henley on Thames, United Kingdom

KM Middle East 2011
15 - 16 Mar 2011, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
I will be giving the keynote talk at this conference.

Online Information Asia-Pacific 2011
23 - 24 Mar 2011, Hong Kong, China

KM UK 2011
21 - 22 Jun 2011, London, United Kingdom

Subscribing and Unsubscribing    (top | next | prev)

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The Gurteen Knowledge Letter    (top | next | prev)

The Gurteen Knowledge-Letter is a free monthly e-mail based KM 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. Archive copies are held on-line where you can register to receive the newsletter.

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