Topic: "Knowledge Sharing Communities"

The APS Knowledge Inventory: A Wise Investment

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Knowledge is one of the most critical assets in an enterprise. It exists from the highest level to the most granular. It encompasses such questions as “How do I excel at my position?” to “How do I use Dropbox?” Yet companies often do not identify the location of relevant knowledge throughout the organization and facilitate it being shared to the proper individuals.

Back in 1999, David Gurteen, a knowledge management consultant, defined knowledge in the organization as “know-how” and “know-why.” He cited the example of a cake. Its molecular constituents are data; its ingredients are information; its recipe is knowledge. You can know the molecular constituents and the ingredients but without the recipe you can’t make it.

So how does the organization gather all of this know-how? How do they identify, capture, evaluate, retrieve and share all that they need? How do they create a knowledge-sharing community in their organization?

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The Dead Poets Community: Blending Formal and Informal Learning

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Dead Poets Society, the 1989 film starring the late, great Robin Williams, offers a view into the melding of formal and informal learning in one community. By day, the young men learn about poetry through formal instruction in Robin Williams’s class. In the evening, they gather in their clandestine, students-only, "dead poets society" for some informal learning, peer-to-per sharing and older student mentoring. The works of the "dead poets" come alive for these students who begin learning on a deeper, more profound level.

In today’s world, platforms such as BraveNewTalent are working to replicate for the enterprise that seamless transition from formal to informal learning in an online community environment. These platforms have broadened the traditional definition of blended learning to that of one umbrella knowledge-sharing community that supports and integrates formal and informal learning for the enterprise.

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Social Knowledge Communities: Disrupting The Diplomatic Process

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While Memorial Day now lies behind us, we still have two events in June that commemorate each of the 20th century World Wars. On June 6th, American and European leaders will gather to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when the Allies stormed the beaches of Normandy on their way to Berlin. At the end of the month, Sarajevo will mark the 100th anniversary of the assassination of the Austrian Archduke Ferdinand by a Bosnian rebel, the unofficial start to World War I, "the war to end all wars".

I am particularly struck by these two events because of "Diplomacy + Social Good: The Future of Diplomacy",  a conference that I attended in April. The Diplomatic Courier produced this lively and informative day in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, Digital Diplomacy and the International Trade Center. The speakers and panels tackled the trends in and disruptive influence of newer technologies and social media. How have they changed the diplomatic process? And how can the diplomatic process use these tools for social good?

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The Changing Dynamics of Employee Engagement

The Changing Dynamics of Talent Engagement

As recently as fifteen years ago, understanding your workforce and keeping everyone that was a part of it informed and engaged was a fairly easy task. Most of the workforce was comprised of employees working in a defined physical location; a poster in a public place or a group email was enough. Today, the modern workforce is a myriad of employees, contractors, outsourced service providers, consultants, strategic partners and even volunteers dispersed around the globe.

It’s easy to lose sight of the holistic workforce as most of us are so busy trying to get things done we don’t have the time to step back and think what the true organization looks like and how all of the labor resources executing work on the organizations behalf are sourced, informed, developed, motivated and aligned. It’s also easy to lose sight because in most organizations we use different tools to track and communicate with different workforce segments and rely on different corporate functions to oversee various labor types.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How The Internet is Revolutionizing Education

INFOGRAPHIC - How the Internet is Revolutionizing Education

The internet has transformed education dramatically, and in a very fundamental way: the grasp of power has been shifted from the hands of the institution to those of the student. Whether enrolled at your local university or simply looking to deepen your knowledge of a subject, the options for education have never been more diverse. Education is more accessible than ever before in human history, thanks entirely to the internet.

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