Tuesday, 13 December 2011


KM in the rubber room


DSC_1151 This is a great analogy I picked up last week from Emily Timmins, Knowledge manager at Severn Trent Water.

She has been introducing Peer Assists, and the analogy she uses for a "safe space" for knowledge sharing is the Rubber Room.

Of course they don't hold peer assists in a real rubber room, but they use that analogy to create an environment of safe experimentation, and open sharing.

Rubber is

  • soft, you won't get hurt
  • elastic, so you can bounce ideas
  • stretchy, so you can stretch ideas
  • allows you to erase things if you need to
It's a great analogy for the safe spaces you need in knowledge management.

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