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Community of practice adoption in government agencies

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 14, 2005
Filed in Collaboration

Government agencies have for some time embraced the idea of communities of practice. Australia seems to be behind the US and Europe in adopting CoPs but it might be simply that Australians tend to avoid trumpeting their successes and agencies haven’t described their CoP activities. I’m personally aware of a number of CoP efforts in the […]

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Corporate narrative is not storytelling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 13, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

After hearing Dave Snowden describe the importance and application of stories in organisations for the first time, I became extremely excited by the idea and raced off to write a story. I was in the middle of a project helping a client develop a competitive intelligence capability and the engagement was exilarating. So I wrote […]

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Don’t forget Max Boisot

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 12, 2005
Filed in News

I was chatting to Bill Godfrey today and we got onto the topic of Denham Grey’s top 5 KM books. We were both surprised that Max Boisot’s Knowledge Assets didn’t get a guernsey. I have used Boisot’s I-space a number of times to illustrate how commercial value might be derived from organisational knowledge. Bill has […]

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New narrative techniques workshop in Melbourne

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 11, 2005
Filed in Events

On the 1st March I will be offering a one-day workshop for particpants to learn the Cynefin narrative techniques. My aim is to provide all the nitty gritty detail you need to run your own narrative projects. The details of the workshop and registration form can be found here.

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Mapping archetypes for an online community

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 11, 2005
Filed in News

  Patrick Lambe has done a terrific job writing up the archetype extraction exercise we did at the ActKM forum conference last year. Well worth a look.

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The practitioner’s landscape by Glenda H. Eoyang

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 10, 2005
Filed in Collaboration

Papers which provide practical advice on the design of complexity-based interventions for organisational issues are rare. E:CO (a new complexity journal) is attending to this shortcoming by including a practitioner’s section in its journal. In the latest volume, Glenda Eoyang presents her practitioner’s landscape based on more than 15 years of applying complexity science to […]

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E:CO – New Complexity Journal

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 5, 2005
Filed in Insight

E:CO is a new journal exploring the theory and practice of applying complexity science concepts to organisational issues. The entire content of the current issue is available online. Interestingly it includes a section called ‘classic papers’ featuring Ross Ashby’s (Ashby’s law a requisite variety) 1962 paper, Principles of Self-organizing Systems. I think the following papers […]

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Cynefin project – Bank of Thailand

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 4, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

There are relatively few available case studies that document projects using Cynefin techniques. I believe this will be remedied in the near future on the completion of the new Cynefin web site. In the meantime here is a brief description of a lessons learned project done by the Bank of Thailand which applied Cynefin narrative techniques. […]

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Knowledge management map

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 3, 2005
Filed in Insight

One view of the various flavours of knowledge management.

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Updated view on complex system intention

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 3, 2005
Filed in Communication

Thanks for your comment Matt. I agree, the diagram does suggest that ‘known’ is a subset of ‘knowable’ etc., and this wasn’t my intent. Here is a new version of the diagram. The space between the boundaries indicates the breadth of possibilities. The wider the space, the greater the possibilities. In the complex domain it […]

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