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Video: A Gurteen Knowledge Cafe in Singapore, Feb 2012

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 27 May 2012



Video: A Gurteen Knowledge Cafe in Singapore, Feb 2012
WeblogGurteen Knowledge Log
Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 143
Posted DateSunday 27 May 2012 12:47 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
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CategoriesKnowledge Cafe
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Earlier this year in February 2012, I ran an open Knowledge Cafe in Singapore.

The KCafe was very kindly hosted by William Chua, CEO of eLC, a training and learning organization in Singapore at the Brewerkz Riverside Point alongside the Singapore River.

This was not the first time I have held a knowledge cafe in a pub/bar though it was a first for Singapore. William and his staff did an excellent job organising the event with free food and beer to help along the conversation. A big thanks to you all.

eLC videod the evening and I have uploaded it to the web as a Youtube playlist of five short videos.

If you have ever run knowledge cafes yourself or plan to run them then watch the start of the fourth video where I ask for someone to start the conversation. It takes 1 minute 15 seconds or so before someone takes the mike.

Believe me, standing at the front, that seemed more like for ever! And although I encourage people to start the conversation, I did not start it myself. I never have and I never will. If I am patient and wait long enough someone will always start.

Note also how the conversation got off to a slow start but once people get engaged and realise there is nothing to fear, the conversation gathers pace.

Also keep in mind, that a knowledge cafe works best with a smaller number of people where microphones are not needed and a circle can be formed at the end for the whole group conversation. In this situation, I encourage people to talk more to each other rather than report back to me or ask questions of me.

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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