So what’s this got to do with Knowledge Management?

As it says up above, Perfect Path is a knowledge management consulting practice. So what’s with all this stuff about blogs and podcasts?

Well to me, knowledge management (see the sidebar for why I think it’s just management) is about how organisations and the individuals working in them:

  • create new ideas;
  • find & evaluate ideas from elsewhere;
  • spread ideas about;
  • save ideas for later;
  • find ideas that they made earlier; and
  • work out new ways of dealing with all of these things

This site is my way of exploring those things for myself on a daily basis. And it’s becoming a cool showcase for how such things work – if I can get my ideas out to loads of people then maybe I can help you do it too.

My experience with clients is that some of the big problems come in the “spread ideas about” bit and I think blogs and podcasts are great ways of doing that (and above all they are sooooo much cheaper to implement than the gazillions you may already be spending on other IT systems).

So if you’re having difficulty with getting your ideas heard, whether it’s called “knowledge management” or “internal communications” or “personal development” do give me a shout and lets talk about how I can help.

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Perfect Path Audioblog 050518

gnomedexI asked for it, and I got it. The other day I asked how you saw me and this morning in my mailbox, Neal, the Podchef, had deposited some photoshop delights. I reproduce the one that made me (and my daughter) laugh out loud for your delectation.

This morning I talk
a bit about last night’s pianosingsongcast and what else I got up to yesterday – together with what I have planned for today. You also get to hear how much it costs me for one month’s unlimited use of London’s splendid public transport system. Tune in next time to hear me reading from my weekly grocery till receipt!

What I didn’t talk about, was my listening fun yesterday: the cool soundseeing tour that Neal put out of him scrambling around in storage space and BicycleMark’s AudioCommunique #34 on philosophy and the connectedness of being.

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Homespun fun

my gardenApologies to those who sat by their ipodders all day yesterday, waiting for an audioblog – I decided in the end to have a work at home day (including sitting in the garden, mmmmm….) and so the opportunity didn’t really arise.

I got to thinking about making your own entertainment so a made you this. I still can’t find Carnegie Hall on the map and as I say here: “Practice, it’s all about practice – if I played these tunes more often than once every 20 years, they might sound better”.

[Parental warning: features some explicit improvisation with some scenes of mild cat strangling]

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Perfect Path Audioblog 050516

New window coming at SelfridgesI had a spring in my step this morning. Mostly on the subject of “Podcasting is (NOT) a bad idea” and why I’m afraid I’ll continue to take it personally but also following up on yesterday’s walk in the park.

Then walking to the office I notice that at Selfridges, the Las Vegas Supernova window theme is being removed to be replaced with something yellow and “Beautiful?” Very apt, I think – what is beauty in this new world of democratic media?

Sunday in the park with Lloyd redux

I went back to Speakers Corner yesterday (unfortunately sans data card in my camera so no pics) but strolled there from Hyde Park Corner (at the other end of Park Lane) and while I strolled, I talked into my recording machine, very very slowly. A kind of summary of some of the audioblogs from the last week, but also some response to Jonathan’s provocative post from last week. More later on today’s audioblog.

Warning: Speakers Corner is a place for people to speak their mind without constraint except as exercised by their peers. You will hear ideas from some of the speakers that I personally find repellent and offensive – I present them all here because I believe it’s important that we look at what people actually say when given that freedom rather than what we imagine they might say.

Public Service Conversations Caf&#233

I’ve just posted this over at Public Service Conversations:

I’m really pleased and excited to be able to announce that the Public Service Conversations café sessions are going to begin at the end of May.

Sessions will be held every other Wednesday at 10.30am and last for an hour and a half. The venues will vary, but at least for now they will be within Central London. Each session will have a maximum of 8 participants but there are no other requirements on you – to be able to attend you need only have an interest in public services in the UK and have a willingness to participate in a conversation with people who are similarly inclined.

The conversation in the session will be recorded (audio-only, no need for extra make-up) and a copy of the recording will be made available for download here (but if everyone waits to see what the recording is like before booking a place, then no-one will come to the first session!) Coffee, Tea and Water will be served.

The first session is on Wednesday 25th May 2005. If you’d like to come along, please send an e-mail to bookings@public-service-conversations.co.uk or leave a comment here and someone will get in touch with you. These sessions are available at a special introductory price of £75 + VAT (payment is possible by cheque or by invoice).

We are also taking bookings for four more Wednesday sessions during June and July:

8th June
22nd June
6th July
20th July

We’ll deal with August when we come to it!

The venue for the first session is yet to be fully confirmed but is likely to be in London W1 or SW1. As soon as details are available, they’ll be publicised on this site.

Remember places are strictly limited so book soon to make sure you’re part of the conversation.

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Public Service Conversations Caf&#233

I’ve just posted this over at Public Service Conversations:

I’m really pleased and excited to be able to announce that the Public Service Conversations café sessions are going to begin at the end of May.

Sessions will be held every other Wednesday at 10.30am and last for an hour and a half. The venues will vary, but at least for now they will be within Central London. Each session will have a maximum of 8 participants but there are no other requirements on you – to be able to attend you need only have an interest in public services in the UK and have a willingness to participate in a conversation with people who are similarly inclined.

The conversation in the session will be recorded (audio-only, no need for extra make-up) and a copy of the recording will be made available for download here (but if everyone waits to see what the recording is like before booking a place, then no-one will come to the first session!) Coffee, Tea and Water will be served.

The first session is on Wednesday 25th May 2005. If you’d like to come along, please send an e-mail to bookings@public-service-conversations.co.uk or leave a comment here and someone will get in touch with you. These sessions are available at a special introductory price of £75 + VAT (payment is possible by cheque or by invoice).

We are also taking bookings for four more Wednesday sessions during June and July:

8th June
22nd June
6th July
20th July

We’ll deal with August when we come to it!

The venue for the first session is yet to be fully confirmed but is likely to be in London W1 or SW1. As soon as details are available, they’ll be publicised on this site.

Remember places are strictly limited so book soon to make sure you’re part of the conversation.

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Perfect Path audioblog 050513

manattateFriday 13th doesn’t scare me.

But who am I. No really, I want to know, who do you think I am? From even your briefest accquantance with my writing or speaking voice, with whom do you associate me? I’m definitely definitely definitely not James Mason, neither am I Hunter S Thompson nor Douglas Adams. No definitely not any of those (gulp) dead guys, so who do you think I am? Answers in the comments please.

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