Ron Donaldson

Senior Knowledge Ecologist, English Nature


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Storytelling; Knowledge Management


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Ron Donaldson
Dave 'Snowdenised' in 1998 and then Cynefin certified in 2003, I have had to call my approach Knowledge Ecology because Welsh words are difficult to get accepted in an organization called English Nature.

I am most interested in how a sense of belonging emerges, not just in relation to a community but, just as importantly,in connectedness with nature and place. I personally find my own sense of belonging strongest with friends in traditional pubs drinking traditional ales, camping with the family where there are rock pools and fossil-rich cliffs (especially around Whitby), and in old churches, cathedrals and archaeological sites.

Born in 1957 to a father who was the last of at least seven generations of Donaldsons to build ships on Wearside in the north-east of England. I studied Ecology and Geology to degree level in Sunderland, my hometown. The newsagent said he would keep my paper job open - so I still have fallback position. I then spent 20 years in Civil Service IT and Information Systems before seeing the light on an interviewing course when the trainer noticed I was asking questions in binary.

I now spend my time facilitating story circles, speaking at conferences and seeding multiple attractors as events, ideas and stories in order to create the conditions (trust, friendship and a sense of belonging) necessary for knowledge sharing to flourish.

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  A colossal Knowledge Management failure!
Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 8 March 2010

  Thinking traps!
Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 17 April 2010

  No more targets please!
Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 18 April 2010

  Ron Donaldson Senior Knowledge Ecologist, English Nature

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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