This is an extract of piece I’ve written where I focused on organisational development and the broadening of Knowledge Management techniques. The broad concept of ‘connection’ is the root of Knowledge Base Developer (KBD). The eLearning KBD platform, is a platform being built using established Knowledge Management principles supporting our vision of creating a network of passionate learning and development resources to facilitate the production and delivery of a unique online learning platform thereby heightening the learning and development experience through sharing, collaboration and networking facilities. Here’s the extract:
The concept of an arena where the exchanging of information and ideas can take place is timeless. Ancient citizens of the city of Rome frequented a space called the Roman forum, then a marketplace. This forum was for centuries the centre of Roman public life and set the stage for some of Rome’s greatest advances. History giants like Julius Caesar delivered speeches from its podia, men and women gathered to share information and ideas and to buy and sell goods. Knowledge was freely exchanged and Rome thrived on the activity that happened here.
This forum concept should be kept in mind when trying to understand a ‘knowledge platform’.
Online social networking circles, corporate networking breakfasts, discussion groups, email interviews, and inter- and intra-company question and answer sessions, for example, might not be physically tangible as the cement-and-brick Roman forum, but like the forum, they are a space for connecting and exchanging ideas.
Idle knowledge is worth nothing. Knowledge needs to be active and alive and it is through connection that this happens.
As such, a knowledge platform is developed to facilitate connection. The understanding is that people, with their knowledge reserves, are the building blocks making companies – and when people connect, their knowledge reserves are released to be harvested.
Author of The Wealth of Knowledge, Tom Stewart boldly stated, connection not collection, was the essence of knowledge management. Technology has pioneered new ways of fostering communication and managers shouldn’t be afraid to get off their dinosaurs and embrace these new, techno-savvy ways of communicating.