Communications Competences (shudder)

The Improvement and Development Agency for Local Government has produced some research on it’s I&DeA knowledge site (Grrrr…annoying need to register to get at the goodies) about Communications functions in local councils.

I skimmed one on core competencies and one on who should run the website before getting a bit antsy – neither of them even mention blogs (not even “there are some dangerous individuals out there who suggest that we should all be talking to the public more often and they’ve got this tool of the devil called a blog. If someone tries to sell you one, call 999 and walk away from them, backwards while maintaining eye-contact”) and the one on the place of the website only really gets as far as saying, it’s not a technical task, it’s a business one….so give it to communications.

However in a great bit of joined up-ness, elsewhere on Knowledge there are some suggestions that blogging might be good for councillors at least.

I take this as a reminder that I’m storming up the hill and not looking back often enough to realise that everyone else is still having fun just struggling to get their shoes on.


Cities, trees, webs, whatever

In the first issue of Global Knowledge Review, the ultra-cool Lilia Efimova (Mathemagenic) writes about her irritation with the dominance of tree models in knowledge and information management and provides a great reference to Christopher Alexander on organic city design.

This is the corollory (sp? – other side anyway) of the challenge we faced at the Commission for Patient & Public Involvement in Health (CPPIH) earlier this year of building a knowledge management system that was more like a city than a tree – we came up against enormous resistance and unwillingness to try this model out to see whether it worked.

My perception of what people said was “We know what an information system looks like and it looks like a tree. This does not look like a tree and therefore, it cannot be a good information system.” At the same time we also had people saying “I don’t know where to put stuff”, to which the answer was a very empowering, “You should put it where you would expect to find it again, but it’s really up to you, there is no single right place to put it” which many people chose to interpret as “We’ve designed this badly, we’re a bit incompetent and don’t know where you should put it”.

I sincerely hope that the CPPIH KMS survives the governmental jiggery-pokery after the NHS arms-length bodies review – it’s still one of the strongest ideas in the whole patient involvement movement.

New Publication – Global Knowledge Review

David Gurteen is launching a new publication:

“For some time I have felt the need for a publication that focused on
thought leadership in the fields of learning, creativity, innovation,
KM and personal development. My colleagues Clive Snell and Peter
Williams of Bizmedia with whom I run the Gurteen Knowledge Conferences
and Learning Events have also felt this need. So we are jointly
launching a new monthly journal “The Global Knowledge Review” (GKR).

Each month original thinkers from around the globe will give their
personal thoughts and reflections on knowledge and learning related
issues from the perspective of their geographical and cultural
backgrounds. The publication will be available on subscription and
distributed electronically. For more information and a free copy of the
first issue see:

If you subscribe before the end of September 2004, you will receive a
special introductory discount – 30% off the normal price.”

David’s conferences and knowledge cafes are always excellent and I expect no less from this venture – Go read.

TOC for Sample first issue available free at GKR

  • Welcome to the first issue
  • Everyday miracles – learning and the human condition
  • The future of KM – driving strategic renewal of organizations
  • What do knowledge workers want?
  • Trees versus webs
  • A wake up call for HR
  • Can we make the flow go?
  • Discovering the importance of leadership and coaching
  • How ready is your organisation for KM?
  • Personally speaking
  • Briefing
  • Getting to know you ice-breakers
  • TFPL page
  • End piece
  • BlogWalk IV

    Friday was BlogWalk IV day – a cosmopolitan (is there any other kind) grouping of bloggers talking about Social Software inside the firewall
    Through the Window Wiki

    Others have variously noted who was there, so I won’t.

    A hugely stimulating (& therefore totally knackering) day. I came away confirmed in my intention to write something about:

  • fear of the authentic voice
  • if it’s not about the technology, what is it really about?
  • the requirement for new social institutions to help people take part in the knowledge economy
  • the use and usefulness of days like this one and River Cafe
  • Many people have said that they particularly enjoyed the actual walking bit and our brief visit to the British Museum. As a London-based person who’s become used/bored already with the glory of the Great Court, it was refreshing to see a bunch of people reacting to it for the first time. One minute I was walking & talking with Desiree & Omar and the next, they were transported, gobsmacked and thrilled – it showed.

    This pic shows the other side of the Window Wiki – whatever they were doing in there, they were working damned hard!

    London Design Festival 2004

    Time Out this week has a supplement on the London Design Festival. I’m most tempted by:

    Communicate: Independent British Graphic Design since the ’60s twinned with Space of Encounter: The Architecture of Daniel Libeskind at the Barbican

    Future Map Design 04, the University of the Arts combined graduates show

    Playstation 2 presents Interact1 for newbies in the media industry

    Own It – Intellectual Property in Design a debate hosted by The Creative London Intellectual Property Advice Service

    The Big Draw 2004 – Art on the Square in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 26th.

    But there’s loads and loads more stuff going on.

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