Tuesday 21 September 2010

Random quotes and ideas from KM Egypt, day 1

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6 great questions from the Egyptian Minister of State for Administrative Development

  1. How do we avoid knowledge hoarding?
  2. Can knowledge be disseminated through informal networks?
  3. Is there knowledge that cannot be recorded?
  4. How do we find the people with the knowledge we need?
  5. How do we recruit people capable of creating and transferring knowledge?
  6. How can we measure an organisation's KM capability?

One of Peter Hofer's "KM Myths" - we don't "spend lots of time searching" - stats from 2300 knowledge interactions showed people searching in only 10% of the cases. 38% was asking and eliciting, 6% was negotiating, and 48% was interpreting and adapting the knowledge received.

In Germany, 91% of surveyed managers said that KM was "important" or "very important" to the German economy. Howeveronly 24% said that current KM in their company was "good" or "very good"

Potentially the greatest value in innovation will come from innovation at the Base of the economic pyramid - creating products for consumers with <$2/day income.

Monopolies lead to non-creative thinking.

In biology, Stigmergy (swarm dynamics) means that a group where the members follow simple rules can demonstrate an intelligence far greater that the knowledge of the individual members would allow. COuld this be used human organisations?

Quote - Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. Leo Tolstoy

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