All Life Is Problem Solving

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The Threat to Open Society and the Interactive Voter Choice System

November 24th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The Problem The biggest problem for Americans in our time is the increasingly dangerous threat to open society posed by the trend toward plutocracy and its effects on the political system. George Soros described the antecedents of these threats in The Age of Fallibility (pp. 100-101): “Gradually, the methods developed for commercial purposes found a [...]

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The Maladaptive Giant

July 30th, 2009 · 1 Comment

At Huffington Post a few days ago, Michael Brenner, lamenting the current display of plutocracy in Congress, had this to say: ”We vaunt American democracy as a stellar model for the world. The bizarre spectacle now on display in Washington as the White House and the Congress tussle over health care “reform” is hardly an [...]

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Knowledge Management and Conflict: Part Two, Integrating Knowledge

May 3rd, 2009 · Comments Off

In my last KM blog, I analyzed the relationships between KM and conflict, in the context of seeing problems and making knowledge. This post will extend the analysis to integrating knowledge. I classify knowledge integration activities into four categories: knowledge and information broadcasting (KIB), searching and retrieving (S and R), teaching, and sharing. All of [...]

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Tags: Complexity · KM Techniques · Knowledge Integration · Knowledge Making · Knowledge Management

National Governmental Knowledge Management SlideShow

April 6th, 2009 · Comments Off

Even though my series on National Governmental Knowledge Management is finished. I’ll be filing additional individual blogs on the subject from time-to-time. The purpose of this entry is to make available a recent presentation of mine based primarily on Parts One and Two in the series. The presentation, originally given to The George Washington University [...]

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Tags: Complexity · Knowledge Integration · Knowledge Making · Knowledge Management · Politics

The Problem Solving Pattern Matters: Part Fifteen, Summary and Conclusions

April 4th, 2009 · Comments Off

(Co-Authored with Steven A. Cavaleri) In this series, we developed the ideas of the Problem Solving Pattern (PSP) and Problem Solving Pattern Management. We pointed out how vital performing PSP patterns well is to organizational adaptation, distinguished the problem solving pattern from the Operational Pattern (OP) (Part One), defined four types of problem solving patterns, [...]

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

Knowledge Management and Risk

March 18th, 2009 · 2 Comments

In his recent blog on “Defining KM In Terms of Critical Failure Cost,” Stephen Bounds says: “What we do know is that KM implemented properly reduces risk profiles. For example, less chance of having to re-learn a process because your critical staff member just moved to Rome, or less chance of a critical failure driven [...]

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

The Problem Solving Pattern Matters: Part Fourteen, The Capabilities of Rabbit Organizations and Knowledge Management

March 7th, 2009 · 2 Comments

(Co-Authored with Steven A. Cavaleri) In our last post, we began a review and commentary on Steven Spear’s post on out learning and out racing the competition. we concluded that post by pointing out that Steve’s conclusion that high velocity organizations institutionalized inductive/deductive problem solving cycles and built new knowledge faster in this way than [...]

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

The Problem Solving Pattern Matters: Part Thirteen, Comments On Out Learning and Out Racing the Competition

March 6th, 2009 · 2 Comments

(Co-Authored with Steven A. Cavaleri) I recently alerted Steven Spear, author of Chasing the Rabbit, to Parts Two and Three of this series which discuss his very important book. I guess my posts prompted him to post a blog on how high velocity organizations out learn and out race the competition. Since Steve’s blog post [...]

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Tags: KM Techniques · Knowledge Integration · Knowledge Making · Knowledge Management

National Governmental Knowledge Management: KM, Adaptation, and Complexity: Part Eight, Coordinating Information About KM and Its Impact on Knowledge Processing

February 27th, 2009 · 1 Comment

In this post, I’ll provide a more detailed envisioning of the Information Clearinghouse, or, if you like, the external knowledge and information integration, function of a proposed Knowledge Accountability Office (KAO), established by Congress. In an earlier post, I listed the functions of the KAO as: 1) perform KM Research and Development, 2) coordinate information [...]

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Tags: KM 2.0 · KM Software Tools · KM Techniques · Knowledge Integration · Knowledge Making · Knowledge Management

National Governmental Knowledge Management: KM, Adaptation, and Complexity: Part Seven, Comments on A “Simple” Definition

February 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment

Before moving on to discussing in more detail how a National KM Center would coordinate information availability about KM and knowledge processing, I’d like to take a little time to write about a long-standing issue in KM. The issue of definition. In Part One of this series, I defined KM as activity intended to enhance [...]

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Tags: Epistemology/Ontology/Value Theory · Knowledge Integration · Knowledge Making · Knowledge Management · Politics