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.
- 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.