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Knowledge strategies for natural resource management

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 6, 2009
Filed in Collaboration, Strategy

In the second half of 2007, Anecdote worked with the Knowledge for Regional Natural Resource Management (K4RNRM) project in Land & Water Australia (LWA) to develop a methodology for the 56 NRM bodies in Australia to develop knowledge and information strategies. The output is documented in the Regional Knowledge Resource Kit (RKRK), a wiki that […]

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Will the real sponsor please stand up

Posted by  Mark Schenk —February 25, 2009
Filed in Collaboration

This morning I had a conversation with Mark Bennett about Anecdote’s CoP Health Check service. The health check focusses on elements of Etienne Wenger’s CoP model which includes executive sponsorship. The conversation with Mark highlighted how the issue of executive sponsorship needs to be addressed at numerous levels. There might be a business line sponsor […]

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Collaboration presentation in Canberra

Posted by  Mark Schenk —February 24, 2009
Filed in Collaboration, News

I am giving a presentation at the actKM monthly meeting on Tuesday 3rd March. The location is the National Archives of Australia in Barton. Arrive for drinks from about 5.15 pm with the presentation going from about 5.45 pm till 6.45 pm. Details are on the actKM website. The title of the presentation is ‘Collaboration….takes […]

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Storytelling in Canberra

Posted by  Mark Schenk —February 13, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling

Jack Dalton (Raven Feathers) is a professional storyteller from Alaska. I was fortunate to see him perform a traditional Yup’ik story on Wednesday as part of the National Multicultural Festival here in Canberra. The ‘Creation Story’ was about how Raven (a magical and mischievous character in Yup’ik folklore) created man and tried to show him […]

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Use stories to communicate the value of collaboration

Posted by  Mark Schenk —January 29, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling, Collaboration

In the previous two posts (Shawn’s on his forthcoming presentation and Chandni’s about collaboration between Google and P&G) have used specific examples to illustrate how collaborative practices can add value to an organisation. In many cases, the value of collaboration is difficult to articulate using numbers. We (not surprisingly I guess) strongly advocate that organisations […]

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Getting communities of practice going

Posted by  Mark Schenk —January 19, 2009
Filed in Collaboration

In the latter half of 2008, we worked with a number of companies to establish communities of practice. In training the people with key roles in the communities (such as the coordinator, core team members and those with support roles outside the communities) a common question arose…”what do we do first?” Of course the answer […]

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Merry Christmas

Posted by  Mark Schenk —December 24, 2008
Filed in Events, Fun

Well 2008 has been a hectic year for most of us. So now is the time to take some well-deserved time off and spend some time with family and friends. We have worked with some great people during the year and to all of our friends, colleagues and clients, we say thank you. Best wishes […]

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…all you need is love

Posted by  Mark Schenk —December 18, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes

Driving to Sydney yesterday I heard the ABC news describe how Justice Michael Kirby had delivered a speech on the topic of love to a bunch of law and commerce graduates. It was one of his last speeches before stepping down from his role as one of our High Court judges. I guess I was […]

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What is effectiveness?

Posted by  Mark Schenk —November 18, 2008
Filed in Communication

I just opened the book “Semper and Score: Enhancing Organisational Effectiveness” by Tom Graves and was taken by the elegantly simple answer to this question on page 2. Effectiveness consists of, or arises from, four distinct dimensions, plus another sort-of dimension that ties the others together: efficient – makes the best use of available resources […]

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Knowledge strategy: little things making a difference

Posted by  Mark Schenk —November 4, 2008
Filed in Strategy

The actKM conference was held in Canberra in mid October. One of the presenters was Jane Chrystal from the Central West Catchment Management Authority who were one of the pilot sites for the Regional Knowledge Resource Kit (RKRK) project. The RKRK project developed a process and supporting resources for the various Natural Resource Management regions […]

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