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Building the Knowledge Culture

KD/KS at Work: Africa’s Arid Lands Information Network

Guy St. Clair

  Knowledge Centers Positioned Across Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda Sometimes those of us working with knowledge strategy are accused of being too “theoretical,” of focusing on KM, knowledge services, and knowledge strategy too much as a discipline, without giving attention to practical applications. Have you heard any of that recently? If you have, grab the nay-sayers and sit them down in front of this short film. It’s pretty special. l can’t think of many times in the last few years when I’ve been so proud of the work knowledge workers do. Take a look at this: The film describes the…
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Knowledge Workers in the New Environment (2)

Guy St. Clair

  An earlier SMR post addressed the subject of careers in KM/Knowledge Services. Let’s continue. In my work I’m noticing more and more attention being given to different categories of knowledge workers. It’s not a new idea, and in his 1997 book Intellectual Capital: The New Wealth of Organizations (1997) Tom Stewart sorts through the employees doing knowledge work and comes up with a useful description of how the workplace has moved from the agricultural and industrial focus to the more knowledge-focused environment (“The flavor is unmistakable,” Stewart writes: “An ever-growing percentage of people are ‘knowledge workers’: Information and knowledge are…
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Sharing KM Techniques from the Development Community

Guy St. Clair

I’m a big fan of Ian Thorpe’s blog – KM on a Dollar a Day – and I’m not shy about recommending that others take a look. Here’s another opportunity for the rest of us to pick up some good tips, regardless of the industry we work in. Ian’s latest post, the second of two (although he’s promising more) is about the role of learning, a subject about which he feels strongly (as do I). He’s writing about how aid organizations can make learning part of their brand, and his comments are valuable for any corporate or organizational function. In…
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