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Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 20 January 2008



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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 92
Posted DateSunday 20 January 2008 00:56 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

My visit to SE Asia seems a long time ago now but this is my first newsletter since the trip. I gave 20 talks and knowledge cafes in 3 cities and met a large number of people who showed me great hospitality - if you were one of them - a big thank you - I had a great time.

I photo-blog most of my journeys these days and so if you are interested you will find a set of photos on Flickr. If you participated in one of my events - take a look - there is a good chance you will find yourself there.

I particularly like the photos of my Knowledge Cafe in Kuala Lumpur where I tried to capture the intensity of some of the conversations.

I learnt a great deal during my trip, for example, how to tweak my knowledge cafes to work better in the Asian culture and I had some interesting insights on "2.0" that I will write about later.

One of the key things I recall though is the question I was asked time and time again: "How do you create a knowledge sharing culture?" and more specifically "How can social tools help?" and "What are the first steps?".

My response often started along the lines of it "all depends on the context" - your industry, your desired outcomes, your existing culture, key personalities, degree of commitment etc. and I frequently found myself quoting from the Bob Buckman story and referring to his book Building a Knowledge Driven Organization (which incidentally is now available in Chinese). I have many thoughts on this subject and hope to find the time to write about it soon.

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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