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Dave Snowden
I got copied on a great email earlier this week. It was from someone we had trainied on the recent accreditation course in Brisbane. I have replaced names with “X” and “Y”. Hi all. Recently I facilitated a review of the XXX run “Stylin Up”. Its a community owned process of building capacity in the […]
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Dave Snowden
Last night, suffering from writers block I checked out the Wikipedia entry on Knowledge Management (KM). Now I have long used this as an example of how not to socially construct knowledge. The entry was partial, incomplete and ignored most of the founders of KM as a movement. To be honest it looked like something […]
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Dave Snowden
On this day in 1961 work started on the construction of the Berlin Wall. It stood for just over 28 years before it suddenly, surprisingly and wonderfully came down in 1989. That was the year my first child Eleanor was born. The following year we saw the start of the end of Apartheid and by […]
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Dave Snowden
Sense-making as a concept is starting to become popular, and as with any new idea that carries both dangers and opportunities. On the one hand at least people know the word when you mention it, but there is also danger in too rapid popularisation. It is not uncommon, although it is regrettable for people to […]
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Dave Snowden
and the build up to this is pretty good quoth he, with tongue very firmly in cheek and feeling guilty for past transgressions. Check out the archive for the full story. Dogbert’s Schadenfreude Party is pretty cool as well so you might want to start there.
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Many years ago now I formulated three rules or heuristics of Knowledge Management. The first of these references the fact that you cannot make someone surrender their knowledge in the way that you can make them conform with a process. It was originally coined in reference to individuals but I have come to realise that […]
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Dave Snowden
Steve Barth and I, in between too many other things are writing a chapter for a book on Web 2.0 and its implications. The book looks to be fairly evangelic in nature (given the material so far) so the pair of us will provide a cynical (in the best sense of the word, Antisthenes, Diogenes […]
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Dave Snowden
I’ve expressed my dislike of crude categorisation twice within the first week of blogging: on the 30th July and 2nd August so it may be an indulgence to return to the subject so soon. However one the consequences of the Yin-Yang firestorm was a side conversation with one of the protagonists that has developed into […]
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Dave Snowden
Any parent will tell you that 15 is not a good age. You have to go back to photographs to remember the charming polite and deferential child. DNA tests are needed to establish if the raging monster (whose vocabulary is limited to it’s not fair) is in any way related. Well something else hit 15 […]
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