KM Blog July - November 2008





Monday, August 11, 2008

Knowledge and wisdom are my passion and my work

Today I have created my third Knol article on Google entitled ' Knowledge and wisdom are my passion and my work'.

Throughout my life, I have always been extremely passionate about knowledge and wisdom

At one end of the spectrum, I am extremely passionate about knowledge management for individuals, teams, organizations and global communities and networks. It became my profession, as a knowledge management consultant, since 1995.

At the other extreme, I am passionate about what you might call 'higher knowledge', philosophy, especially moral and spiritual philosophy and/or ethics. I am passionate about both the ancient wisdom, especially eastern philosophy and modern scientific knowledge, whether it be about quantum theory, neuroscience, nanotechnology or even molecular biology and molecular computing.

If you are interested in my thoughts and my work with knowledge and wisdom, whether it is about practical daily issues and challenges of knowledge management, or whether it is about my perspective and experiences about the meaning and purpose of life, or both, you can find my books, articles and blogs listed.

As always, I would highly value your comments, feedback and any reviews, so that I may continually improve this Knol.

Ron Young

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Updating the Future of Knowledge Management - a second Knol

Today I have created my second Knol article on Google entitled ' Updating The Future of Knowledge Management'.

In 1999 I published an article entitled 'Future of Knowledge Management' in the European American Business Journal. Today, 9 years later in August 2008, I decided to review and rewrite this article.

Where is Knowledge Management (KM) going in the next ten years? What did I get right in 1999? What did I get wrong and what have I learned from this? What are the challenges for knowledge driven organizations if they are to thrive in the global knowledge economy in the next 10 years?

I find it exciting to write about the future of knowledge management in 2008 on a Knol, as I fully embrace the Knol as a great addition to the knowledge management toolkit.

As always, I would highly value your comments, feedback and any reviews, so that I may continually improve this Knol.

Ron Young

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Knowledge Management in the 21st Century - a first Knol article

Well today I have created my first Knol article on Google entitled 'Knowledge Management in the 21st Century'. Its my current point of view on the state of KM, where it might be going, and some challenges over the next years. It's good to see other Knowledge Management Knols appearing already. Google define a Knol as a unit of knowledge.

My first article is far far from complete, but because it is a Knol, it can be rapidly developed, continually improved, and I can refine and develop it further over time and experience. What I urgently seek now is comments and even reviews. Any sort of feedback is very much welcomed.

So I see the blogsphere as a marvellous fragmented or loosely connected global space which is ideal for capturing and developing opinions, ideas, insights, learnings, comments etc chronlogically, and often spontaneously, and I see the knolsphere (if it can be called that for the moment)as a space to develop ideas, opinions, insights, learnings and comments into articles that can be peer reviewed and further developed.

If we wish to, we could then develop several Knols into book chapters, and/or website themes and so on. Of course, the Knol can accomodate collaborative authoring in public and private modes, so, together with blogs and, say, ebooks it could be used as part of a progressive authoring suite.

Coincidentally, or maybe not so, I first heard of the Knol through using my 'Google alerts', learned more about it through 'Google Groups' and 'Search', of course. I use Google reader to better aggregate and track what I am reading, and I am now sharing my thoughts on a Google blog.

I think I badly need a vacation!

Ron Young

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Understanding the dynamics of knowledge and know how it is crucial to employee engagement and performance management

Anjana Doshi (Anj) from the UK has made and entry in the KM Global Directory.

Anjana passionately believes that understanding the dynamics of knowledge and know how is crucial to employee engagement and performance management. She uses the value of diversity, inclusive working, and collaborative partnering to help ambitious management teams operate as high performance teams whilst executing robust, profitable and yet complex business transformations.

She states that "Sustainability of change and growth hinges on how people interact, behave and collaborate. Facilitating the best dynamics to ensure sustainability and engagement is a fascinating key dimension for me. Process and system changes are relatively easy in my assessment and get too much priority."

"I would very much like to share my thoughts with others who are practitioners like myself and those who may have experiences to share as executives and managers responsible for difficult transformations."

If you are interested, you can read more in the Directory and communicate with Anj directly.

Ron Young

Thursday, July 24, 2008

KNOL - a unit of knowledge from Google

Today, I claim that knowledge management has taken a great step forward towards a more inclusive discipline.

I was so pleasantly surprised to see the launch of KNOL by Google. For me, it marks a significant step towards more inclusive and more Open Source Global Knowledge Management. Whereas Wikipedia may be considered to be an incredibly powerful resource for the creation and dissemination of knowledge, there are some limitations, that I believe Google have addressed.

As a key principle of effective knowledge management, it is now possible to have more choice in the information and knowledge you are presented with. With KNOL, you can choose to have an 'author-centric' and a more 'fully inclusive' series of authoritative articles with the same name, for example 'knowledge management', if you wish, as opposed to having just one authoritative article that is managed with that name. There is great merit in both approaches and, if you so wish, you can now choose both.

As a result, Global Knowledge Management is about to move to the next incredibly exciting step, and KNOL is certainly a part of that.

I am now far more motivated, enthused and committed to continually extending and improving KNOL articles and contribute more, starting with some links to more inclusive approaches to knowledge management, new perspectives on knowledge asset management, the inevitable drive to more open source knowledge, and the impact of rapidly emerging knowledge tools to support new and disruptively innovative knowledge processes, that will take us all to the next level of knowledge management. The Semantic Web 3.0 is just one example of this.

Thanks to Google and KNOL, we can now all add our voices, articles and perspectives, and choose to be more inclusive, for the common good of effective global knowledge management.

Ron Young

Thursday, July 17, 2008

National Library for Health Knowledge Management Specialist Library

Caroline De Brun from the UK has made and entry in the KM Global Directory.

Caroline is responsible for finding content for the National Library for Health Knowledge Management Specialist Library .

The aim of this site is to provide National Health Service staff with the resources required to embed knowledge management into their daily practice, with a view to improving the patient experience.

If you are interested, you can read more in the Directory and communicate with Caroline directly.

Ron Young

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Hong Kong Knowledge Management Forum witnesses the changes

Waltraut Ritter has made and entry in the KM Global Directory for the Hong Kong Knowledge Management Forum (HKKMF)

Waltraut founded the HK Knowledge Management Forum in 1998, which is quite influential in growing the awareness for knowledge-based economy issues in Hong Kong and beyond.

The forum engages in advocacy of areas such as knowledge economy, intellectual capital, innovation, knowledge management across different sectors in the society. The forum is independent and receives no public/government funding. It operates thanks to volunteers, private donations and receives sponsorships and participation fees for public events and community-based activities.

This year will be the HKKMF 10th Anniversary!

If you would like to know more about the work of the Hong Kong Knowledge Management Forum, you may view more here.

Ron Young

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

'Mapping Social Connectivity and Artefact Relationships to Improve Knowledge Productivity'

Graham Durant-Law has made and entry in the KM Global Directory.

Based in Canberra, Australia, he is the principal and director in a boutique consulting company called Knowledge Matters, which specialises in business network analysis(BNA) and knowledge management solutions. He maintains a website and blog at http://www.durantlaw.info/ . This site has many papers and presentations, which are freely downloadable.

At the moment, he is a doctoral candidate at the University of Canberra where he is researching part-time the subject 'Mapping Social Connectivity and Artefact Relationships to Improve Knowledge Productivity'.

If you would like to know more about the work of Graham, you may view moreGraham directly.

Ron Young

Monday, July 14, 2008

KM for poverty eradication and knowledge-based development

Professor Serafin "Apin" Talisayon has made and entry in the KM Global Directory.

He advocates knowledge-based development and KM for poverty eradication, in addition to developing appropriate KM tools for clients in the international, public and private sectors.

"I believe that KM can help policy-makers and decision-makers better understand and manage organizations, networks and national economies amidst the changes in the global knowledge economy."

Current positions:> Director for R&D, CCLFI.Philippines, a non-profit NGO dedicated to personal and organizational learning and change, knowledge-based development, knowledge for poverty alleviation and knowledge management> Chair, Knowledge Management Association of the Philippines> Vice-Chair, Society of Knowledge Management Practitioners> Professor, Technology Management Center, University of the Philippines

He has written a book and edited three others in KM, and is a senior author of a book on knowledge for poverty alleviation. He was lead writer of a technical note on knowledge-based economies in Asia

If you would like to know more about the work of Professor Talisayon, you may contact Professor Talisayon directly.

Ron Young

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