Archive for November, 2007

Help solve world hunger – and learn!

Keith November 30th, 2007

Now here is a really interesting concept!  Have a look at FreeRice:


From the site:

FreeRice has two goals:

  1. Provide English vocabulary to everyone for free.
  2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

This is made possible by the sponsors who advertise on this site.

WARNING: This game may make you smarter. It may improve your speaking, writing, thinking, grades, job performance…

Sound too good to be true?  Well, it does appear to be totally legitimate.  The Urban Legends Reference Pages (Snopes) supports it.  You can also read about it on the United Nations World Food Programme site – the agency that is distributing the donated rice.

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Song and dance act…

Keith November 21st, 2007

As mentioned before, I presented at the Ark Group Promoting a Culture of Knowledge in the Public Sector conference last week, in a “double act” with Matt Moore.  It seems that this was well received by the group.  We got some really positive feedback, including:

  • … presentation was fantastic.  Raised some really good examples and issues to do with the various technologies.  I’ll take a fair bit away from this presentation.
  • Great tag team.  Nice energy and great content.  Well done.

It’s great to get feedback like this – and it also raises a question.  I can’t say that I have often seen presentations with two presenters tag-teaming in quite the way we did.  We swapped speaking several times during the 90 minutes, each addressing specific topics, but also backing each other up on discussions, etc. 

Is this something we should see more of at conferences?

Other things from the conference – the ABC “Knowledge Pool” was interesting.  There is a demo of this available on the Australian Flexible Learning Framework site.  What is it?

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Keith November 20th, 2007

“A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.”
 - Caskie Stinnett

Connecting to stakeholders with new media

Keith November 19th, 2007

I have probably mentioned here that I am now a member of the International Association of Business Communicators. I wrote a brief article a while ago for their global magazine, Communication World.  The article was one of a small collection under the topic: How does your company use new media to connect with stakeholders? (Global perspectives.) It seems that this article is now available on the web at HighBeam Encyclopedia and Goliath. On that basis, I figure that I should be able to repeat here (and save you one whole mouse click):

Telstra operates a public web site (Nowwearetalking) promoting public comment and debate on the telecommunications industry. I authored a blog on this site for eight months. I wrote about human communication, technology and my work in knowledge management.

Nowwearetalking has been remarkable for the openness of its editorial policy. Critics of Telstra have been surprised to see their comments published unedited on the forum. Blog articles are checked by legal, but in the 8,000 words I posted, I didn’t have a single editorial change.

Openness is critical to social media, both publicly and inside organisations. It has been my experience that the easier you make it for people to share knowledge, the more likely it is that they will. The more you trust others, the more likely it is that your trust will be honoured.

Innovation and competitive advantage

Keith November 18th, 2007

A couple of quotes from the Ark Group Promoting a Culture of Knowledge in the Public Sector conference:

“In the global race for innovation, it’s not as much about leveraging what’s inside your factories’ machines as what’s in your employees’ heads.”
 - John Seeley Brown

“The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be the only sustainable competitive advantage.”
 - Arie de Geus

On the soap box

Keith November 14th, 2007

Several things for today.  First, the KMLF now has a new logo (thanks to Andrew Mitchell and one of his team):


Secondly – and further - I presented at the Ark Group: Driving Effective Intranet Delivery in the Public Sector conference today.  It’s always a different experience being away from home at conferences.  I tend to sit up late in a hotel room catching up on the emails and work I wasn’t able to get to during the day.  I also tend to watch more TV than I normally would at home, and it is often interesting how something relevant to the conference will come up…

Did you know that Sunrise have set up a new Web 2.0 site?  (I never watch Sunrise at home!)  Well, they are calling it Web 2.0.  It features forums and blogs, and a new area leveraging Yahoo!’s investment in Flickr – you can now load your photos to the Sunrise Flickr Gallery.

It was also interesting watching Numb3rs tonight – one feature of tonight’s episode was the analysis of groups using SNA – Social Network Analysis.  No mention of this tool in a KM context, though…

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Looking to the Future

Keith November 9th, 2007

KMLF member Bill Hall has volunteered to help organise a knowledge café as part of a world-wide set of meetings being held in November, coordinated by the Association of Knowledge Work, to explore possible roles for and establishment of a knowledge-based futures centre.

“There is a wave of enthusiasm for reinventing the community as something more than an online forum – where we can use our capabilities and networks to explore some of the larger problems facing our societies and organizations as we move into the future. The proposal is to reshape AOK as a Future Centre, one definition of which is a physical and virtual environment for empowering innovation.”

This will be held at the East Melbourne Library, on Friday 16 November.  Read all the details and info on the KMLF blog.

Where is the context? (And another event)

Keith November 7th, 2007

A belated note from the Enterprise Change Management conference in KL at the end of August:

“The context for most structured data lies in unstructured data.  The IT industry has come a long way in managing structured data, but has a long way to go yet in managing unstructured data.  The two are handled totally separately.” 

 - Alan Pelz-Sharpe, CMS Watch


Next week, I will be in Sydney at two conferences for Ark Group: Driving Effective Intranet Delivery in the Public Sector and Promoting a Culture of Knowledge in the Public Sector.  I am talking about Maintaining the currency and accuracy of content at the first of these, and Using social media to engage stakeholders and the community at the second – a late inclusion in the program.

After realising that Matt Moore and I would be somewhat overlapping in our content, we are now planning a double act – should be a bit of fun!

If you are in Sydney, and would like to catch up, drop me a line!