IKM Emergent at the EADI General Conference

The 2011 General Conference of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) will be held jointly with the UK Development Studies Association (DSA) at York University, UK, from 19th to 22nd September under the title Rethinking Development in an Age of Scarcity and Uncertainty: New values, voices and alliances for increased resilience.  Working with other networks and organisations, IKM Emergent is involved in a number of the knowledge-related elements in the conference programme. Continue reading

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Development knowledge ecology: another visit to the KM kitchen?

We’ve been talking recently with colleagues about the development knowledge ecology – with an implicit understanding that we all know what it means – but we’ve never really tried to define it so I’m going to have a go here.  Or in any event to outline some key influences, key ingredients. In fact, given that we are in the process of developing it as one of IKM’s core arguments, it’s probably time to get cooking…. Continue reading

Define: traducture

While writing an earlier post on this blog, I realised that we didn’t have a short piece on traducture which is one of the cornerstones of the IKM programme, and that when I googled the term, there was not a  clear definition available. For this reason, I am adapting part of a 2009 Newsletter and adding some additional resources. Continue reading

KMIC 1: Webinar on monitoring and evaluation of KM

Last week, I attended my first webinar – a seminar on the web – which was organised by the Knowledge Management Impact Challenge (KMIC) and the Society for International Development (SID) in Washington DC. Louise Daniels, working for the Challenge, posted some information here about the KMIC a few weeks ago.

I’ve never been to a webinar before – or any virtual conference which may seem a bit surprising – so it was a new experience for me. Actually, I was rather sceptical about the form although I had high hopes of the content. But, in reality and for lots of reasons, it was a wonderful experience. Continue reading

ICTD2010 Part 2: IKM installations

In 2008, some of you may remember that IKM had – among other things – a display at the EADI General Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. This featured a huge flag hanging in the atrium (see photograph) but also the first IKM installation which was designed by Ralph Borland, a South African artist. This installation had a number of different components:  four information boards, featuring different perspectives on information and knowledge management related to development; one laptop per child; and an artwork called Crank the web which illustrates the importance of bandwidth for connecting to the web.

You can see Ralph Borland describing the Geneva installation on this Youtube video:

The next tri-annual EADI conference will be taking place in York in September 2011 and plans are afoot for the design of a new installation to be used at EADI and at other conference. This new installation was on display for the first time at the ICTD2010 conference which took place in December in London.

The new installation is slightly different to the original one in that it comprises computer screens playing IKM-related digital stories (see photograph).  Here is a slide show featuring photographs of the new installation at ICTD2010.

And why is IKM Emergent concerned to have installations at large conferences? If you consider that IKM is a campaign for slow knowledge and a space for innovation and reflection, both installations are designed to encourage new ways of thinking about information and knowledge. The installations are important in terms of both content and form. As content, they highlight diverse issues and, as form, – visualisation – they aim to facilitate innovation and new perspectives. They also represent – again as form – a new way of doing things at academic conferences.

ICTD2010 Part 1: Digital stories on IKM

As part of the new IKM installation at the ICTD2010 conference, Michael David has produced three digital stories, based on IKM publications. For me, this was the first time that I had come across digital stories – films with sound and images – that try to explain fairly serious papers in three minutes. Although I have to admit that I’m familiar with the material, the stories really worked for me. Why don’t you listen an see if they work for you?

The first one represents an interview with Hannah Beardon and is based on her IKM Working Paper No 7 Where are the ripples?, written with Kate Newman in 2009:

The next is based on an interview with Julian Jenkins, and is concerned with  the very recent IKM Working Paper No. 10 Things can be better than they:

And, the third and final digital story, is concerned with a paper by Iina Hellsten and myself on Using semantics to reveal knowledge divides in Dutch development cooperation

Tracking African AgKnowledge and Local Content

Kapiti ranch is an ILRI research station near Machakos, Kenya. In July 2010 a planning group met to prepare for the IKM working group 2 activities this year, which centre on knowledge and local content on African Agriculture. Escapng from detailed conversations about agendas and processes to make sure we kept raising our eyes to the horizon we met the  giraffes that run wild on the ranch, mingling with the cattle. Continue reading