Clancy of the Knowledge Flow

Keith October 21st, 2008

One of the highlights of this year’s actKM Conference was the Collaboration Cabaret. This is well documented on Serena Joyner’s site.

My contribution to this was a musical item.  It was introduced something like this:

Australia actually has a long history in Knowledge Management.  Over a hundred years ago, we had two key practitioners in the field – ‘Banjo’ Paterson and Henry Lawson.  They did some ground-breaking work in conveying knowledge of life in rural Australia to the emerging urban environment. 

They collected knowledge using Anecdote Circles (around the campfire) and delivered it as Springboard stories, often published in a major Knowledge Management publication of the day, The Bulletin magazine.

Tonight, we will look at one of Banjo’s key archetypical characters, Clancy of the Overflow.  Clancy works in an ideal environment as a drover.  The Narrator is contemplating his lot in his “dingy office”. 

We are updating the story: how would these knowledge workers fare in today’s collaborative environment?

To find out, read the full lyrics.  Breaking news: The video is now on YouTube here.

4 Responses to “Clancy of the Knowledge Flow”

  1. Serena Joyneron 24 Oct 2008 at 10:10 am

    Just brilliant Keith :-)

  2. Patrickon 25 Oct 2008 at 4:15 am

    You must let me know when the video is available!

  3. [...] Read more about this on the previous post here, or go directly to the full list of the lyrics. [...]

  4. Stuart Frenchon 06 Nov 2008 at 8:21 am

    Outstanding Keith. I loved the Lyrics, but your performance was just as good! Well done.

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