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This Melbourne KMLF blog has now been moved to a free WordPress site, in order for it to be retained as a permanent archive of our activities over the period from May 2006 to January 2011.

In January 2011, we moved to MeetUp to manage all our events and emails. Please go to the Melbourne KMLF MeetUp Group for more information on our events, and to join up for notifications of our activities.

Notes on the archived site –

  • WordPress archiving seems to be quite quick, clean and mostly thorough – all of the original attached files and graphics seem to have come across successfully.
  • As the original authors are not configured on the new platform, my name has been appended to all the posts.   My apologies to the original post authors: Andrew Mitchell, Arthur Shelley, Andy Shaw, Frank Connolly, Helen Mitchell, Kate Crawshaw, Luke Grange, Luke Naismith, Michelle Lambert, Stuart French and Shawn Callahan.
  • Some internal links have not come across successfully. Due to the number of posts involved, these have not been repaired. Apologies if this makes reading a little difficult in some places; but it does seem to mostly just be a few links between posts that have been affected.

Keith De La Rue

We have moved!

The Melbourne KMLF is now using MeetUp to manage all our events and emails. Please go to the Melbourne KMLF MeetUp Group for more information on our events, and to join up for notifications of our activities.

Please contact us via the MeetUp group for all enquiries.

This site will be retained for the time being as an archive of previous meetings.

Ignite, Insight, Inspire

Ignite is a fun and fast-paced method to share the ideas you are passionate about.

The Melbourne KMLF is passionate about practising all that is new and effective in the world of Knowledge Management. Looking forward to this new year, we planned a number of refreshing topics, speakers and approaches, the first of which is an Ignite evening. So, what is Ignite?

Igniting an evening of knowledge sharing w/ Arthur Shelley
Imagine an environment where we want to get our idea across in 5 minutes. The message we want to share is captured in 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds, to create an energetic pace in which we present and facilitate conversation that inspires new thoughts and ideas.

Participating in this event will:

  • Introduce you to Ignite (in the Ignite format)
  • Why the method works and how you can make it work for you
  • Putting Ignite to work

Knowledge Sharing – much used but poorly defined and understood w/ Peter Chomley
Peter will ignite a conversation about knowledge sharing; offer some insights and, hopefully, inspire a more informed understanding of the common ground.

Participating in this event will:

  • Share current thinking on knowledge and knowledge sharing
  • Explore the continuum of what how sharing occurs
  • Propose an Insight and Ignite a continuing conversation

Our reality is also our virtual experience w/ Helen Mitchell
Social media has been a buzz word for some time now. The web is continuing to change the way we communicate and share knowledge both personally, and for business. Yet there are mixed feelings about this for some.

Participating in this event will:

  • Explore how we communicate together, virtually, more than ever before
  • Do some time-travelling of popular disruptive innovations of the past
  • Consider how we find the balance and embrace the change

The Art of Conversation w/ Keith De La Rue
Conversation doesn’t just reshuffle the cards: it creates new cards. – Theodore Zeldin

Do you feel good after having a good conversation? New research is demonstrating that talking with each other actually makes us smarter – both as a group and individually – and that good conversations leads to better ideas.

Participating in this event will:

  • Provide new insight into how we can use conversation to be more innovative
  • Give you an update on some of the latest thinking in the field
  • Explain why social media is giving us tools to better handle complexity

Agenda: January 19

6:00-6:30 Networking with other thinking collaborators (over drinks and nibbles).

6:30-6:40 Arthur Shelley – Igniting an evening of knowledge sharing.
Although a research microbiologist by formal education, Arthur has spent the last ten years working on international projects requiring cultural change, relationship building and influencing how people adapt their work. Through this experience, he became aware of the importance of recognising behavioural patterns and engaging people in order to influence them to achieve mutually acceptable outcomes. Arthur has authored two books; The Organizational Zoo (Aslan Publishing with illustrator John Szabo) and Being a Successful Knowledge Leader (published by Ark Group).
twitter: @metaphorage

6:45-6:55 Peter Chomley – Knowledge Sharing – much used but poorly defined and understood.
Peter Chomley is at RMIT researching the influence of culture on knowledge sharing in innovation process within a trans-national corporation. He is also the VP of an Indian/Australian company specialising in business intelligence and healthcare informatics . In these and past roles he has gained insight into cross cultural organisational performance challenges. Previously he was a senior consultant in IBM.
Peter assisted in editing the 2000 2nd edition of: Internet Commerce – Digital Models for Business, published by John Wiley. A second book, Technology of Internet Business was edited and published by Wiley in 4Q2001. He has also co-authored a number of academic papers.
twitter: chomp45

7:00-7:10 Helen Mitchell – Our reality is also our virtual experience.
Helen is a communications professional, passionate about the possibilities we have today to connect, share and learn together, for organisations and individuals. With a focus on strategy, innovation and change for communications and knowledge-sharing functions, her most recent role was at CPA Australia as General Manager Knowledge Networks, where she led the establishment of key initiatives designed to connect ‘people to knowledge’ and ‘people to people’, regardless of geographic location.
twitter: @helmitch

7:15-7:25 Keith De La Rue – The Art of Conversation.
Keith De La Rue is Principal Consultant at AcKnowledge Consulting, and is one of the organisers of KMLF. He has worked in Knowledge Management for ten years. He also works in social media, and is an author and public speaker on KM and communications. Keith is passionate about sharing ideas and inspiring people.
twitter: @kdelarue

7:30-8:00 Informal conversation amongst the group to explore the ideas and concepts.

Our MC for the evening will be Andy Shaw (twitter: andyaus)
Please tweet on the evenings content with the #KMLF hash tag.

Venue: Room 13.3.011, RMIT Graduate School of Business and Law,Emily McPherson Building.
Corner of Russell & Victoria Streets, Melbourne. This room is on level 3 of the Franklin St Annex, two levels up from the Franklin St entry – or enter via the main Russell St Reception, go straight ahead through the student lounge and turn right to get to the annex, then go up one level.

View Future KMLF Events and other Knowledge activities at AUS KM Events calendar:

RSVP: by email to melbournekmlf@gmail.com

Reflecting on a big year – December 2010

Once again we near the end of a very busy year – our biggest ever in terms of number of meetings and total attendees. We held 15 events over the year! Nine of these sessions featured local speakers, two speakers came from interstate, and we had four international speakers. Thank you all for your contributions over the year – Melbourne can rightly claim to have a very active and vibrant Knowledge Management community!

For our last evening of the year, we will spend some time reflecting and sharing stories about what we have learnt from each other over the year.  Come along and talk about the insights you have gained, the important relationships you have developed, and how what you have learned has helped you to overcome obstacles in your work.

We will also use this time to hold an open conversation about what we should do next year. We already have some plans for starting the year with a bang – but this is your community, and we are keen to plan the year together.

This will also be a time to celebrate the end of the year, to thank all our session hosts, and our usual time of networking with colleagues. We particularly welcome any of you that we haven’t seen for a while to come along and share your stories. 

After the session, anyone interested can join us over dinner for further discussions.

Agenda

6:00-6:30 Networking with other thinking collaborators (over drinks and nibbles).
6:30-7:15 December reflections
7:15-8:00 Informal conversation amongst the group to explore the ideas and concepts.

Venue

RMIT Graduate School of Business and Law,Emily McPherson Building
Corner Russell & Victoria Streets, Melbourne.

We’ll be in a different room this time – Lecture room 13.3.011.  This room is on level 3 of the Franklin St Annex, two levels up from the Franklin St entry – or enter via the main Russell St Reception, go straight ahead through the student lounge and turn right to get to the annex, then go up one level.

Metered street parking nearby in Lygon Street.

RSVP: by email to melbournekmlf@gmail.com.

“Design thinking is an approach that uses the designer’s sensibility and methods for problem solving to meet people’s needs in a technologically feasible and commercially viable way. In other words, design thinking is human-centered innovation.” Tim Brown, CEO, IDEO.

Design thinking is the new cool thing to talk about in your boardroom, bedroom, just about everywhere. But what exactly is it? How is it related to knowledge management and its practices?

We will explore both in conversation and hands-on fun:
•    What is design thinking?
•    What does design thinking mean in business and organisations?
•    What is the relationship between design thinking and knowledge management?
•    What can design thinking offer knowledge management (and vice versa)?

This is a story of two long lost brothers, on a journey to be united, and the rollercoaster ride along the way.

Participating in this event will enable you to:

  • Find out what all the fuss over design thinking is about
  • Develop an understanding of what design thinking brings to knowledge management (and vice versa)

Agenda:  Monday November 15

6:00-6:30    Networking with other thinking collaborators (over drinks and nibbles)
6:30-7:15    Zaana Howard:  Design thinking and knowledge management – brothers from different mothers
7:15-8:00    Informal conversation amongst the group to explore the ideas and concepts

Venue:

RMIT Graduate School of Business and Law, Corner Russell & Victoria Streets, Melbourne.
Emily McPherson Building, Lecture room 13.3.003 (One level up from Ground Reception).
Metered street parking nearby in Lygon Street.

RSVP: by email to melbournekmlf@gmail.com

About our Guest Speaker

Zaana Howard is a PhD student in the Faculty of Design at Swinburne University. Her research aims to investigate the practice of design thinking for organisation redesign and renewal. Zaana most recently worked at CPA Australia where her role focused on introducing collaborative and conversation based ways of working and learning, both online and face to face. This included developing online communities, managing corporate social media channels, and delivering innovative learning programs.

Zaana also has significant library management experience across special, academic and public libraries.

For more information go to: http://zaanahoward.com

View future KMLF Events and other knowledge activities at AUS KM Events calendar

As Knowledge Management managers and practitioners we often need to decide on the best strategy to better develop organisational knowledge capabilities. Additionally, we need to make sure that a chosen strategy is actually implemented in teams and workgroups. Today’s forum is an open collaborative discussion on knowledge strategy and focuses on choosing a knowledge strategy and making sure that a chosen knowledge strategy is implemented in teams or workgroups.

I will facilitate the conversation by introducing knowledge strategy and perspectives on knowledge strategy. Interaction and sharing of your own experiences will be useful in discussing the following:

• Does an organisation require a knowledge strategy?
• How does an organisation decide on a knowledge strategy?
• Where do we start with knowledge strategy implementation?
• What tools and mechanisms are required to implement a chosen knowledge strategy?

Participating in this event will enable you to:
• Walk away with a new perspective on knowledge strategy, its importance and implementation.
• Hear what others are doing in terms of knowledge strategy and its implementation.
• Understand aspects, tools and mechanisms to focus on when choosing and implementing knowledge strategy.

Agenda: 27 October 2010

6:00-6:30 Networking with other thinking collaborators (over drinks and nibbles).
6:30-7:15 Dr Rachelle Bosua
7:15-8:00 Informal conversation amongst the group to explore the ideas and concepts.

Venue:
RMIT Graduate School of Business and Law, Corner Russell & Victoria Streets, Melbourne.
Emily McPherson Building, Lecture room 13.3.003 (One level up from Ground Reception).
Metered street parking nearby in Lygon Street.

RSVP: by email to melbournekmlf@gmail.com
About our Guest Speaker
Dr Rachelle Bosua is a lecturer in the Dept of Information Systems, The University of Melbourne where she teaches a variety of ICT-related subjects such as Informatics, Change Management, Business Process Modeling and Knowledge Management. She has an extensive career in IT and since 2003 she has been conducting research in Knowledge Management with a focus on knowledge sharing and ways in which ICT can facilitate and support knowledge sharing. Lately her focus has been on knowledge strategy and she has been offering practical advice to small and large businesses on ways in which they can choose and implement knowledge strategy using ICT. Her particular expertise is on the management of knowledge in teams and workgroups and the design and development of socio-technical systems to enable and support knowledge management. In this capacity, she currently collaborates with colleagues from the Cardiff Business School (UK) and The University of Utrecht (the Netherlands).

60 people gathered to discuss “Who do we have to be to act responsibly for sustainability?”

At this join event with the Royal Society of Arts we listened David Gurteen introduce how to stimulate conversations and Geoff Brown provide us with a background on sustainability so we had something to talk about.  All 60 people were fully engaged for the evening (and fired up on coffee, chocolate and biscuits)  through an insightful worm up from Geoff and ongoing interation support from David.  14 participants carried on the conversations until late at Little Italy just down the road.  A great evening was enjoyed by all.