Song and dance act…

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?

“The Knowledge Pool is designed to gather the skills and knowledge of all ABC staff.

“This knowledge resource will help you to learn from others within the ABC.  You will be able to link up with other people who share your skills or you might want to find resources and people who have skills and knowledge you want to explore.”

Another comment I liked from one of the recent conferences was a reference to “secret geek business“.  This is the trend for people around organisations to set up grass-roots KM platforms and initiatives in isolation.  These can often serve a great local purpose in the short term, but can actually fragment knowledge across an organisation.

I was particularly interested in this comment, because one of the points I make in my Intranet 2.0 presentations is that the more an organisation tries to restrict new media developments, the more people will tend to set up their own “skunk works” projects.  This tendency is exacerbated by the wide availability of these tools as freeware or shareware. 

I strongly support people getting into these tools and at least trialling them – you only fully understand the power and the organisational fit of Web 2.0 tools when you start to use them.  However, to get full-scale organisational benefits, there eventually needs to be some higher-level plan – and some high-level buy-in…

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