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What is tacit knowledge?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 8, 2005
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Over the last 6 months I have attended a few knowledge management conferences to see if things have progressed and I’m dismayed at how many times I heard academics and practitioners still talking about capturing tacit knowledge. I thought we understood that nature of tacit knowledge is that it cannot be translated or converted in […]

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ACKMIDS 2005 – Larry Prusak’s presentation

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 8, 2005
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On Monday and Tuesday this week I trundled off to ACKMIDS. Actually I didn’t think I would make it this year because I was scheduled to be in Adelaide but as luck would have it my client postponed our work which left me free to attend. ACKMIDS stands for the Australian Conference for Knowledge Management […]

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Annotations and their role in building context

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 20, 2005
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Denham Grey’s post on just how useful annotations can be in providing context reminds me of two famous annotators, Pierre de Fermat and J Edgar Hoover. Fermat was a genius mathematician born in 1601. Apart from being a judge he delighted in his hobby of solving the most difficult mathematical problems. While studying Diophantus’ Arithmetica (published in 1621) […]

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So what does Anecdote do anyway?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 15, 2005
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A typical comment from people who visit our website is, “love the content Shawn but what does Anecdote actually do?” We seemed to be so busy over the last year doing stuff that we hadn’t really clearly described our services on this site. So, to remedy this oversight we now have what I think is […]

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What makes a blog post worth commenting on?

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —November 14, 2005
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Something Shawn and I have chatted about is what makes a blog post worth commenting on. Having a browse through some of our most commented on blogs over the last year I must say I’m none the wiser… Unconferencing: How should we select our Keynote speakers?  7 comments A unique presentation style  8 comments What […]

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Understanding creative commons

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 31, 2005
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In a matter of two weeks I’ve stumbled across the work of Larry Lessig. Last week I read about the Lessig presentation style at Presentation Zen. I even put the Lessig method into practice at my presentation at ActKM. Then today I hear Larry on ‘this WEEK in TECH’ podcast. I didn’t realise Larry was […]

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The Importance of Content

Posted by  Mark Schenk —October 7, 2005
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The topic at a meeting this morning was the design concept for a web-based ‘clearinghouse’.  I mentioned the risks of taking a ‘Field of Dreams’ approach – “if we build it they will come”, and the importance of having relevant content that users can easily find and use.  I also mentioned that having the best […]

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Learning from experience using video

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 7, 2005
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Video is finally making it into the mainstream for organisations to see and hear, almost first hand, the experiences of their colleagues. The availability of reasonably priced video capture and editing solutions are now available. It is simple for someone to pick up a video recorder, film a colleague, download the video to a computer […]

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Learning from mistakes – prerequisite for innovation

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 7, 2005
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In Melbourne we have a small group of mainly public sector folk who get together monthly to talk about innovation. Recently we have been talking about how innovation requires that people be supported in their mistake-making rather than vilified. Sadly the opposite is generally true in the public sector with its culture of risk aversion and blaming rarely displaying mistake-forgiving behaviour. […]

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When there is too much information

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 14, 2005
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I’m re-reading Karl Weick’s Sensemaking in Organizations and I thought this idea is worth keeping in mind. When facing conflicting and voluminous information avoid gathering more. Ignorance is not the problem. Rather, focus on principles, values and preferences to help you make a choice. In complexity you are best placed to choose base on plausibility instead of […]

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