Tuesday, 21 June 2011

People or Portals?


The Portal.
I am spending the next couple of days at the KMUK conference.

I hope to hear lots of interesting stories, ideas and models. What I hope NOT to hear too much of, is the sort of presentation that seems to haunt KM conferences.

This is the presentation where at slide 2, the presenter says “Knowledge is all about people” or “Introducing KM is a culture change process – it’s all about culture”. And then at the next slide says “and let me show you our portal/wiki/website/networking page”. Then the rest of the presentation is all screenshots.

If KM is all about people, I don’t want to see lots of screenshots of technology. I want to hear from people.

If KM is all about culture and culture change, I don’t want to see lots of screenshots of technology. I want to hear about how people are engaging with knowledge, and about the changes in behaviour that this prompts.

If it’s a choice between People and Portals, I’d rather hear about People.

Hopefully there will be lots of People-talk at KMUK! Looking forward to it.

1 comment:

Nick Milton said...

So far there has been a lot of people-talk, and a refreshing lack of screenshot-dominated presentations. A nice balance, and some new ideas and thoughts.

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