PKM Workshop

Personal Knowledge Mastery in 60 Days

  • How do you make sense of all the data, information, and knowledge that passes by you each day?
  • How do you connect with other professionals outside your organization?
  • How do you stay current in your field and ready for career changes?

“To thrive in the Next Economy alongside an increasingly sophisticated technological support system, we must be open to continually learning new skills and acquiring new knowledge.” —Tim O’Reilly & Karen Hebert-Maccaro

Online Workshop: 22 January to 30 March 2018

Registration closes 25 January 2018

Join an international cohort from: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Finland, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, UK, USA …

“Without exaggeration, it is the most informative course that I have done in the past few years. I immediately sensed the impact when I applied some of the practical tips from the course.” —Workshop Participant

“I signed up, read a few pages, already had 2-3 deep learnings! BOOM!” —Jonathan Anthony

“As a master mapping out a pathway for followers, I think you’ve neatly avoided the common trap of being overly prescriptive and kept it to a minimum of discrete steps.” —Chris Mansell

“This exercise has been great (the course has paid for itself already!) in identifying a blind spot.” —Shaun Coffey

The discipline of PKM helps to develop four core work skills, identified by the Institute for the Future:

  1. sense-making
  2. social intelligence
  3. new media literacy
  4. cognitive load management

The Personal Knowledge Mastery workshops, conducted over 60 days, comprise 18 activities spaced through nine weeks, in addition to resources, links, and tips. Each Monday and Thursday a new assignment is posted in the online community space. People can work on their own or share in the discussion forum with other participants as they like. Harold is available to personally support all participants. At the end of the workshop, an additional week is provided for reflection or catch-up, so participants have access for 70 days in total.

This workshop has had hundreds of participants from around the world. Open workshops are scheduled to start four times per year (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall) and participants work as part of a cohort to encourage social learning.

Contact Harold for more information.

Custom or on-site workshops can also be arranged.

See workshop outline below. All participants will receive a copy of the PKM Handbook.

Registration closes 25 January 2018

Registration: €350

* 15% HST included for Canadian purchasers
No refunds (deferrals & substitutions may be arranged).
Registrations are confirmed by e-mail within 12 hours.

PKM is a set of processes, individually constructed, to help each of us make sense of our world and work more effectively. PKM means taking control of your professional development, and staying connected in the network era, whether you an employee, self-employed, or between jobs. The active practice of PKM can help increase Connections, develop Meaning, and improve Autonomy, all necessary skills in the network era. This can be the beginning of your journey to personal knowledge mastery.

“Your workshop with its very valuable content is very meaningful – and helpful to me. Especially ‘Perpetual Beta – strong beliefs, loosely held’ made me say YES! A lot of other times when I was reading your words I just thought ‘thank you’.” – Workshop Participant

“Therefore, if I were to comment on this program, Harold, I’d have to say it’s brilliant: it offers something for all of us. But it’s up to each of us to take what you offer; make SENSE of it and filter it to identify information that is immediately useful vs useful later vs less useful, then SHARE key insights formed as a result of having gone through this process.” —Chemene Sinson

“I encourage you to sign up for the workshop in Personal Knowledge Mastery.” —Kenneth Mikkelsen

“PKM is the perfect ‘tool’ for supporting culture change in both your organization and those you interact with.” —Kate Pinner

Workshop participants come from a wide variety of organizations, including:

Amazon, MasterCard Foundation, National Health Service (UK), University of Kent, United Cities & Local Governments, SSAT (UK), Autodesk, BC Patient & Safety Council, University of Nebraska, National Australia Bank, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Deloitte, Carleton University, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, European Environment Agency, Target, CITI, CGI, AT&T, Roche, Verizon, The World Bank …

For more information on PKM

Some of the things you will learn

  • how to examine and visualize your professional networks
  • how to be mindful of your connections, online and otherwise
  • an understanding of some new tools that can help with your sense-making
  • how to continuously share and communicate in order to make sense of a complex world
  • how some of the ideas, concepts, and methods discussed can become part of your regular routine

Frequently Asked Questions

How much time does the workshop require?

Two to three hours per week are suggested, but more may be necessary to go deeper if desired. Note that there is an additional week set aside to catch-up and reflect.

Where do we post our work?

You may add a comment to the activity post, post to your own website, or mention it on Twitter, using the #PKMastery hashtag which Harold follows. It is up to you how much and where you share. You may keep all your thoughts private if you wish.

How can I keep up to date?

There is an email subscription on the navigation bar to be notified of new activities.

Are there any scheduled live activities?

Due to time zone variations, it is very difficult to schedule live sessions. However, Harold is available for a live chat on request. Skype or Harold’s account are the preferred methods.

Workshop Outline

Comments and reflections are all done via the website as threaded discussions, so there are no specific dates or times to attend. Harold Jarche provides coaching, advice, feedback, and other resources as needed. Harold is also available via audio or video conference. Discussion is encouraged so that people can learn from each other. We try to find ways to help each person as issues arise in the conversations. Without these conversations, Harold would not be able to help in an informed way. For participants, the more they give, the more they get.


1. Networks, Communities & Teams

  • Mapping Networks
  • Finding Communities
  • Narration of Work

2. Seek > Sense > Share

  • Filters
  • Platforms
  • Adding Value

3. Critical Thinking

  • Observe
  • Tentative Opinions
  • Evaluate

4. People

  • Experts
  • Connectors
  • Seekers & Catalysts

5. Curating

  • Topics
  • Comparing
  • Add Value

6. Establishing Your Practice

  • How others practice PKM
  • Reflecting
  • The First Step

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