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Important update: The RealKM Connect program is changing

In 2018, RealKM Connect is going online

Time and money are scarce resources for all professionals today. It has become apparent that our current seminar arrangements aren’t quite hitting the mark. As such, face-to-face Real KM Connect seminars won’t be continued in 2018. We are going to retool and rethink how best to connect and educate KM professionals virtually going forward.

2017 in review

RealKM Connect is an evidence-based knowledge management (KM) professional development seminar series that was launched in Melbourne, Australia in 2017.

Melbourne was chosen as the RealKM Connect pilot area because of the opportunity to establish a new member-based group of KM practitioners following the winding up of the KM Roundtable, and because RealKM Connect could complement the standout work of the Knowledge Management Leadership Forum (KMLF). The KMLF is a monthly meetup run by dedicated volunteers who are practitioners with long standing in the KM community.

We held six seminars in 2017, representing the scope and vision of RealKM Connect’s approach to learning and topics.

The year began in January with Arthur Shelley, founder of Intelligent Answers and the Organisational Zoo Ambassador Network (OZAN), discussing aligning knowledge processes with current ISO and Australian standards. Arthur’s insights were very topical, with the recent release of the draft ISO 30401 KM standard.

March brought David Williams, President of the Australian Society for Knowledge Management (AuSKM), to Melbourne to discuss the use of social capital in building organisational capability, based on his PhD  research. David explored how organisations leverage the intellectual capital that resides externally to the organisation to achieve organisational objectives. A workshop which included a Race to Mars engaged participants.

In May, Kate Muir travelled down from Canberra to deliver a lively and thought-provoking seminar on how to craft high quality KPI’s using the balanced score card technique, and how to avoid pitfalls by examining examples of the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Then in July, Lena Ross brought the group insights from brain science applied to change management, guiding us through how to navigate transformation in organisations.

Picking up on another current topic, Brad Adriaanse explored the relationship between learning & development and KM in September. In his workshop, Brad explored how these two disciplines can evolve into a robust and fluid learning capability in all parts of an organisation.

Kim Sherwin, Arup University’s leader for Australasia and our last speaker of the year, focussed on collaboration, and how to use places and spaces to foster connection. Kim’s interactive workshop explored knowledge and collaboration strategies through a different lens, contemplating the impact that future trends have in the context of the workspace and associated collaboration spaces.

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Amanda Surrey

Amanda Surrey is facilitator of RealKM Connect. She is a strategic knowledge management professional with extensive experience in global business environments, including BHP Billiton where she worked for the past 14 years. Amanda has planned, managed and executed innovative knowledge management solutions that have enhanced workforce intelligence and overall organisational competitiveness. She holds post graduate qualifications in information management, and a Master of Arts.

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