Yesterday saw me getting up as early as 06:00
to reach the Ally Pally in time at 09:10, for Karl Erik Sveiby’s keynote speach. An journey
that should not take more than little over an hour, can get quite challenging
when there’s a strike on. It wasn’t too bad however, and I actually arrived too
early. Sveiby’s speech really was worth getting up early, no doubt about that.
Not that he told me many things that were totally new, but it is interesting to
hear on which things he places emphasis in all the material he wrote. It
triggered a lot of thoughts while I was listening. The people next to me must
have thought that I was writing everything down verbatim, as I was scribbling
away frantically, trying to get down as much of the associative thoughts and
ideas that were going through my mind as possible. It was a pleasure to hear
this “founding father” of KM speak. I met up with Dominic Kelleher, to see how I
could get involved in the work of the CEN Workshop that looks to describe enough
of the field of KM for sme’s new to KM to quickly find their way, and start
applying km-initiatives. David Gurteen introduced me to both Andrea Janssen, who
writes the Fliegen von
-blog, and to Sam Marshall who writes Intellectual Capital Punishment.
Meeting all these people, who’s writings and contributions you saw passing your
screen, putting faces to the names, really feels like discovering a map of a
community that I suddenly happen to be part of. Quit nice really. While I was
just about to leave the convention, Angele Nobre (she leads the Quarere-sig on came up to me and engaged me in what turned out to be a
very interesting conversation, as she is already doing what I hope to do in my
mastersthesis: building bridges between philosophy and managing businesses.
Where for me until now this was just a sort of daydream based on the intuitive
connections I saw between my work as a knowledge manager and my studies in
philosophy of science, she has now put me firmly on the track of really thinking
about this. Turning the no-strings-attached dreamy thinking into the real thing.
So all in all it would seem that have a lot of work cut out for me. The
Knowledgeboard sigs, the CEN workshop, philosophy in relation to KM, all the
nuggets of ideas to evaluate, the new contacts to follow up on, etc. But this
certainly does not seem a daunting task. I am extremely satisfied with the
results of my visit to London. Not only have I addressed all the things I set
out to do, but I got much more than that too. Do they know yet where KM Europe
2003 will be?