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Happy Blog Day

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 1, 2006
Filed in Fun

The guys at www.blogday.org has asked bloggers to list 5 blogs you love reading. Well, here are my five: http://www.vpscin.org/ – all the happenings in the Victorian Public Sector http://37signals.com/svn/ – all about online services http://bobsutton.typepad.com/my_weblog/ – the author of the no asshole rule http://davidmaister.com/blog – on professional services http://gladwell.typepad.com/gladwellcom/ – new ways to look at the world If you […]

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Why we are worried about global terrorism and not global warming

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 31, 2006
Filed in Culture

Social psychologist, Dan Gilbert, says people will not get excited and worried about global warming in the same way people have about global terrorism because of the way our minds have evolved over millions of years. In his essay for The Times, Gilbert suggests 4 reasons for this disparity: Global warming does not represent people […]

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Things we can learn from dogs

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —August 31, 2006
Filed in Fun

About two weeks ago my wife entered and won a Toastmasters humorous speech competition. Her winning speech was “searching for a soulmate”. It was about looking for a dog (thankfully not a new husband).  I’ve noticed how much people warm to dogs. Okay I might be a dog person, rather than a cat person, but […]

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Top knowledge management principles

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 30, 2006
Filed in Insight

Denham Grey has suggested a list of top KM principles. I’ve only included the headings here and encourage you to head over to Denham’s site for his full explanations. The principles include: Choose engagement over a repository Respect and appreciate the key role of trust & context Collect stories, use metaphor, ethnography and analogy to build […]

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10 reflections on storytelling

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —August 28, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

It’s good to reflect. Take some time. Sit back… Reflect. Here’s some links to our thoughts on storytelling: Story telling versus story writing Ignite your story telling Telling stories for a living Using storytelling in sales Story spines for sensemaking Using story to communicate who we are Storytelling is more about creating connections than knowledge […]

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The Prato Dialogue

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 27, 2006
Filed in Collaboration

A handful of community of practice practitioners are meeting in Florence this October to reflect on the field’s theory and practice. Here is the blog Beverly Trayner has established to support our efforts.

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Foundations of Communities of Practice

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 27, 2006
Filed in Collaboration

If you want to understand Communities of Practice you couldn’t do better than join John Smith, Etienne Wenger and Bronwyn Stuckey on their online exploration of CoPs (see announcement below). You might also like to know that CPSquare members, a community of practice for community of practice practitioners, have an RSS feed which aggregates all […]

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How to use the Zaltman Metaphor Elicitation Technique

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 27, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

I’m reading Gerald Zaltman’s How Customers Think. I started from the back because I was attracted to the chapters on story, metaphor and memory. But this morning I starting reading about Zaltman’s metaphor-elicitation technique (MET). It reminded me of Repertory Grid in that it’s an interview technique which uses one idea, or trigger, to probe for […]

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Building trust – find and listen to other’s stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 26, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

Karen Armstrong has written a piece in the Guardian today encouraging us to consider and accept multiple perspectives regarding the complex strife in the Middle East. She builds her point of view by comparing the multiple and contradictory stories told in religions and the similarly conflicted narratives told by the protagonists in the current struggle. Her ideas equally […]

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Meeting with the creator of Most Significant Change

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 25, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

I met with Rick Davies this week. He’s in Melbourne visiting his family and doing some work for Oxfam. We talked about the Zahmoo project and he made some very helpful suggestions. Rick asked me to make a link from the Zahmoo home page to the MSC guidebook that he and Jess Dart put together, which is […]

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