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Avoiding A Fundamental Error

May 20th, 2009 · Comments Off

Dave Snowden, whose work I’ve often discussed here, recently filed this post which really speaks to me. I think it’s right on the money, and is about both KM and politics, and also complexity and measurement. I’ll look forward to the next one, Dave.

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Tags: Complexity · KM Techniques · Knowledge Management · Politics

Black Swans and Prediction

April 23rd, 2009 · 2 Comments

Recently, I’ve been having a good bit of fun with Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s The Black Swan, a book I’ve been meaning to read for awhile but only recently have gotten to. Taleb’s book is mainly about the difficulty of predicting the future due to the weakness (partially based in evolution) in human abilities to predict [...]

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Tags: Complexity · Epistemology/Ontology/Value Theory · Knowledge Making · Knowledge Management

Not Exactly Seven Principles: Part Two

April 13th, 2009 · Comments Off

In this post I’ll complete my analysis of Dave Snowden’s seven principles of Knowledge Management. – “Tolerated failure imprints learning better than success. When my young son burnt his finger on a match he learnt more about the dangers of fire than any amount of parental instruction cold provide. All human cultures have developed forms [...]

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Tags: Knowledge Integration · Knowledge Making · Knowledge Management

Not Exactly Seven Principles: Part One

April 12th, 2009 · Comments Off

Some time ago, Dave Snowden offered his Seven Principles of Knowledge Management. I’ve commented on some of them before in the context of a review of a presentation by John Tropea. However, John’s presentation pre-dates Dave’s blog post presenting all seven principles. I’ve not had time to review Dave’s post since it appeared, but I [...]

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Tags: Knowledge Integration · Knowledge Making · Knowledge Management

National Health Care: “Free At The Point of Entry . . .”

March 4th, 2009 · Comments Off

Today, Dave Snowden blogged about a personal experience with National Health Insurance in the UK, which I urge you to read. His conclusion, with which I agree is: ”Critically I have no bill, no money to pay. I didn’t sit in the hospital worrying about a fast discharge or maybe compromising on tests for financial [...]

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Tags: Politics

KM 2.0 and Knowledge Management: Part Thirteen, John Tropea and the Nature of Knowledge

September 19th, 2008 · 5 Comments

This entry continues the discussion of John Tropea’s “Knowledge Management as an Ecosystem.” In Part Twelve, I reviewed and critiqued a portion of the presentation up through the discussion of “the new KM.” Here, I’ll focus on John’s treatment of “the nature of knowledge” and in my next blog I’ll discuss his characterization of KM [...]

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Tags: Epistemology/Ontology/Value Theory · KM 2.0 · Knowledge Management

KM 2.0 and Knowledge Management: Part Five, More on Dave Snowden’s Take

August 14th, 2008 · Comments Off

4) Another important point made by Dave in the podcast is that those looking to create a knowledge sharing culture are thinking about knowledge sharing from the wrong perspective. The problem is not to create such a culture, but rather to increase the connectivity of people, whereupon they will naturally share because the increased connectivity [...]

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Tags: Complexity · Epistemology/Ontology/Value Theory · KM 2.0 · KM Software Tools · Knowledge Integration · Knowledge Making · Knowledge Management

KM 2.0 and Knowledge Management: Part Four, Dave Snowden, Complexity, and the Impact of Web 2.0

August 13th, 2008 · Comments Off

The next major contribution to the KM 2.0 discussion comes in an interview of Dave Snowden by Jon Husband entitled “The Impact of Web 2.0 on Knowledge Work and Knowledge Management.” The interview was done on October 15, 2007, and then produced and distributed as a podcast. This podcast was followed by many reactions in [...]

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Tags: Complexity · Epistemology/Ontology/Value Theory · KM 2.0 · KM Software Tools · Knowledge Integration · Knowledge Making · Knowledge Management · Personal KM

The Second Theme: Clear Definitions of KM and KCE, and “Complexity Science”

August 8th, 2008 · Comments Off

My last post commented on Dave Snowden’s primary argument against a National KM Center, discussed in “Emperor’s Chess Board: Pt. 1” and “The Empire Repeats.” In addition to this argument, however, in “The Empire Repeats,” he wrote of two themes that emerged in the actkm discussion on National KM Centers and “connecting the dots.” The [...]

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Tags: Complexity · Epistemology/Ontology/Value Theory · Knowledge Making · Knowledge Management

The Empire Need Not Repeat

August 7th, 2008 · 2 Comments

In a recent post entitled “The Emperor’s Chess Board: Pt 1”, Dave challenged “the concept of centralisation of a government knowledge function (I will qualify this a bit in a future post), arguing that it would manifestly lead to failure to achieve the key goals of making a nation more secure.” Before I consider Dave’s [...]

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Tags: Complexity · Epistemology/Ontology/Value Theory · KM Techniques · Knowledge Making · Knowledge Management