How connectedness changes everything including Knowledge Management


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This is a \"Here Comes Everybody\" inspired presentation I gave to the KM community of the CGIAR.

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How connectedness changes everything including Knowledge Management

  1. 1. Data, Information, Knowledge, Wisdom .... the case for Conversation . <ul><ul><li>Steve Song </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Telecommunications Fellow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shuttleworth Foundation </li></ul></ul>
  2. 3. The Organisation
  3. 4. The Organisation A finely calibrated machine
  4. 5. The Organisation
  5. 6. The Organisation A complex adaptive system
  6. 7. <ul><li>Carl Rogers </li></ul><ul><li>“ The only man who is educated is the man who has learned how to learn ... </li></ul><ul><li>how to adapt and change ... </li></ul><ul><li>who has learned that no knowledge is secure, </li></ul><ul><li>that only the process of seeking knowledge gives a basis for security” </li></ul>
  7. 8. Science
  8. 9. Science Communion with truth
  9. 10. Science
  10. 11. Science A Social Enterprise
  11. 13. Connectedness
  12. 14. Quantity changes everything qualitatively ...more is different For networks, more isn't just more...
  13. 15. The Birthday Paradox
  14. 16. The Birthday Paradox 5 nodes 10 connections
  15. 17. The Birthday Paradox 5 nodes 10 connections 10 nodes 45 connections
  16. 18. Small Worlds
  17. 19. Small Worlds
  18. 20. Small Worlds Bonding Capital Bridging Capital
  19. 21. ~ 180 million blogs started world wide 1 ~ 3 million posts per day 2 1 2 3 ~ 3 billion photos 3 4 ~ 10 hours of video uploaded every minute 4
  20. 22. Power Law Distributions The average user is not your average user
  21. 24. John Seely-Brown “… my own thinking for now 30 years is kind of the shift from a Cartesian point of view of I think, therefore I am where knowledge is a kind of substance that gets kind of poured into your head to build up stocks of knowledge in your head..supposedly, versus we participate, therefore we are in that in participation with others that we come into being ”
  22. 25. Euan Semple former head of KM at the BBC described his job as Increasing the frequency and quality of the conversations that get your job done
  23. 26. Cory Doctorow Conversation is king. Content is just something to talk about.
  24. 27. Leaving traces
  25. 28. Leaving traces In order to transcend space AND time, you need to leave traces of yourself, your thoughts, your conversations, your insights.
  26. 29. Seth Godin “ The word blog is irrelevant, what's important is that it is now common, and will soon be expected, that every intelligent person (and quite a few unintelligent ones) will have a media platform where they share what they care about with the world.”
  27. 31. Seems Crazy But we'll adapt to a world of Web 2.0 like we adapt to other complex environments
  28. 34. By Ecstaticist By ŽakQ100 By Lars Hammar By Luc Legay By Joi Ito By Doc Searls By Joi Ito By New Jersey State Library By PhOtOnQuAnTiQuE Creative Commons
  29. 35. Creative Commons By David Reece By Sookie By PJFB Photography By NASA By Proggie By misterbisson By Gerald Yuvallos Thanks to Clay Shirky and Here Comes Everybody for many of the ideas that inspired this presentation. Also thanks to Quino for being such a magnificent cartoonist.
  30. 36. Thanks <ul><ul><li>Steve Song </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>email: [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>skype: steve_l_song </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>blog: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>twitter: stevesong </li></ul></ul>