At the IKM table: linearity, participation, accountability and individual agency on the practice-based change menu (1)

(Originally posted on KM for me… and You?)

On 20 and 21 February 2012, the  London-based Wellcome Collection is the stage for the final workshop organised by the Information Knowledge Management Emergent (IKM-Emergent or ‘IKM-E’) programme. Ten IKM-E members are looking at the body of work completed in the past five years in this DGIS-funded research programme and trying to unpack four key themes that are interweaving the work of the three working groups which have been active in the programme:

  1. Linearity and predictability;
  2. Participation and engagement;
  3. Individual agency and organisational remit;
  4. Accountability

This very rich programme is also a tentative intermediary step towards a suggested extension for the programme.

In this post I’m summarising quite a few of the points mentioned during the first day of the workshop, covering the first two points on the list above.

On linearity and predictability:

Linear approaches to development – suggesting that planning is a useful exercise to map out and follow a predictable causal series of events – are delusional and ineffective and we have other perspectives that can help plan with a higher degree of realism, if not certainty.

Linearity and predictability strongly emphasise the current (and desired alternative) planning tools that we have at our disposal or are sometimes forced to use, and the relation that we entertain with the actors promoting these specific planning tools.

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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

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

Not the Semantic Web, part two

This is a second post reporting on the Semantic Web stream at the 09 Online Information Conference, with the next four points that struck me as important. In this post we look more at the processes involved in engaging with the Linked Data web. A useful UK resource for following developments is the Nodalities blog run by Talis Ltd, quoted in the earlier post. The blog and Talis are worth following: they are embedded into  the developing Linked Data scene and they themselves have both thought about and experimented with these ideas and technologies, building from their previous experience in building and managing IKM applications. They also follow good web 2.0 practice in that they Slideshare their presentations. Several of the ideas in these posts come from the presentation by Ian Davies , their CTO and the one by Richard Wallis previously cited.

8. “The coolest thing that will be done with your data, will be thought of by someone else”

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Knowledge management – opening content access

The second issue of Drum Beat focussing on knowledge management and open content access:

In this second issue, we take a closer look at how communication has played a role in shaping the way in which all types of knowledge (not only those that are “local”) are being “opened”, even in the context of efforts to own, commodify, and/or profit from content. Below, we highlight some experiences with, reflections on, and resources concerned with this complex and challenging issue of whether and how to work toward enabling broader access to various kinds of knowledge, such as that related to technology, media processes, and education/research.

Knowledge management – cultivating local content

Recent issue of Drum Beat focussing on knowledge management issues:

In this series, we present just a few of the experiences, strategies, resources, and trends featured on our site that explore how communities around the world have used communication tools and approaches to preserve, protect, share, manage, and promote their distinctive forms of knowledge. This first issue in the series focuses on content that is context-specific: indigenous, tacit, traditional, or “local” knowledge.