Posts Categorized: Informal Learning

Variations on a theme of PKM

If you don’t make sense of the world for yourself, then you’re stuck with someone else’s world view. Personal knowledge management is not so much about creating knowledge but rather the development of conscious regular activities from which can emerge new knowledge. The knowledge artifacts created along the way are only as good as the… Read more »

Fluctuating support networks

I had the recent pleasure of meeting Judith Holton, a colleague at Mount Allison University. Judith passed on a couple of papers which I found most interesting, as she has looked deeply into the theory behind the need for what I would describe as social learning networks. Judith uses the term, “fluctuating support networks”. In… Read more »

Organizational change, unpacked

In the evolving social organization, I included a table with several descriptive terms, which Amanda Fenton suggested needs to be “unpacked”. Simplicity basic hierarchy Complication bureaucracy Complexity wirearchy Organizational Theory Knowledge-Based View Learning Organization Value Networks Attractors Stakeholders (vision) Shareholders (wealth) Clients (service) Growth Model Internal Mergers & Acquisitions Ecosystem Knowledge Acquisition Formal Training Performance… Read more »

The Evolving Social Organization

Co-author: Thierry deBaillon – @tdebaillon Simplicity and the Enterprise Most companies start simple, with a few people gathering together around an idea. For small companies, decision-making, task assignments and direct interaction with clients are rather straightforward.  With growth, the simplicity ends. As every entrepreneur knows, the initial growth of a company is often synonymous with… Read more »

Personal Information Management for Sense-making

George Siemens calls it information management (what I describe as PKM). I specifically use the term information instead of knowledge. Our encounter with information is one of sensemaking and wayfinding. We encounter a continual flow of information – most of it will never become “knowledge”. From my perspective, the knowledge aspect of PKM is an… Read more »

PKM Workshop – Toronto 13 November 2010

Update: This course was cancelled and is re-scheduled for 1 April 2011. If interested, please contact the iSchool and let them know. I am also available for private workshops. I’m offering a one-day course at the iSchool Institute (University of Toronto). “In the period ahead of us, more important than advances in computer design will… Read more »

Active sense-making

Yesterday, during my presentation on personal knowledge management to IBM BlueIQ I was asked about the role of blogging in my own sense-making processes. For almost seven years, my blog has been where I try to make sense of my observations. I’ve called it my home base. As I’ve said before, this blog is mostly… Read more »

Ten reasons

Jane Hart posted a tongue-in-cheek video on 10 reasons to ban social media with the caveat, “Be careful who you show this video to – they might actually believe it  ;)”. One comment to her blog post really struck me: Strange thing is that I wasn’t laughing as he is far too near the truth… Read more »

Leveraging collective knowledge

This week, a few related knowledge management (KM) articles crossed my path and I’d like to weave them together. Here’s a model that shows how KM has progressed over the past 15 years. Nancy Dixon discusses three eras of knowledge management as moving from Explicit Knowledge (document management) to Experiential Knowledge (communities of practice; expertise… Read more »