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    Stuart French at |

    We have been sharing great ideas at KMLF for nearly 20 years now but one city is not enough.
    Well done Arthur for putting the call out.
    A global KM Society is long overdue.

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      Arthur Shelley at |

      Yes thanks Stuart, KMLF is a wonderful local community for the Knowledge Profession. The reality is many KMers have been talking about this for a long time, but we just have not taken the initiative to bring it to reality. Many “Knowledge Professionals” from different countries are informally connected and also collaborate to create value for themselves and also for others. There are also some cross-organisational and cross-geography connections in our profession. This initiative will connect these to extend their reach and impact and stimulate more flow between them. The “Knowledge Era/Economy” deserves a well connected and interacting knowledge profession. We are out there, we will all benefit from connecting the dots better.

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    Annette at |

    Thank you. A very good idea!

    Yes, even so countrywide organizations exist – to name but a few (http://www.gfwm.de for Germany and Austria, http://www.skmf.net for Switzerland) – the more we “walk together the talk” the better for KM and for valuing knowledge as such.

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      Arthur Shelley at |

      Hi Annette,
      Yes thank you for your support and participation. I agree we can achieve a lot more when we can show the true scope of what knowledge professionals collectively achieve. There are MANY terrific local communities and more people do not know even half of them. Imagine when young professional is aware of both their local communities and the many others that are out there passionately achieving outcomes with others. These local communities are the very foundation of what we believe in; co-creation of insights through shared knowledge and collaborative problem solving. These local communities quietly connect and share to build the capabilities of the future generations of leaders and decision makers (effectively creating the foundation of our future possibilities).

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    Olga at |

    Arthur, thank you for this article.

    I’m fully agree with point 5 – we practice what we’ve preacher. To be open, to share knowledge, to be ready to collaboration anf co-creation are the basic principals for KM specialists. But our mindset still competetive. Often. 🙂 And key question is how to change mandset, attitude and behavior for bulid community with a storng desire to share and co-creative?

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    David Griffiths at |

    Arthur is an excellent KM thinker and I applaud the sentiment here. However, the international standard is fundamentally flawed, as we KM has never been formalised as a ‘profession’ or function – ask 100 people what KM “is” and you’ll get 100 different answers. Ask what you “need” to be a KMer (knowledge, skills and experience) and you’ll get 100 different answers.

    KM thinking is too focused on its past – think knowledge capture (e.g. the loss of Boomers and capture of their knowledge – see recent articles on engineering knowledge capture coming out of Australia) over knowledge creation. More than this, knowledge capture has the potential to accelerate the threat to people in the workforce (e.g. loss of jobs to automation), whereas knowledge creation focuses on the ability of people to thrive in the face of completion from technology.

    KMers have some very serious questions to ask around the tension between traditional information/technology solutions and knowledge/people solutions. My concern is that this ISO blindly leads people toward automation through capture; a position that is short-termist and a legacy problem of traditional KM work.

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    KFDWB at |

    Thank vou very much for sharing this great article. You can access to the vision of our organization about the knowledge for development here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8JLU7rlf29tS3hiQnYySFJBRDg/view
    our official website: http://knowledgefordevelopmentwithoutborders.org/

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    Trae Ashlie-Garen at |

    With Gratitude… Looking forward to more of the journey of walking our talk, GLOBALLY!

    In Spirit, Trae Ashlie-Garen
    The WINfinity Framework
    Calgary, AB Canada

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    Aprill Allen at |

    It’s encouraging to see this global spread of KMers finally coming together in a more productive format that I hope becomes a shared resource for professional development, community, and advocacy of KM. I’ve been agitating for a professional membership association for some time, so I offer my hands to contribute to its success. Please do let me know where I can help.

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    Bobak Zamani at |

    I am so pleased to see KMers effort for shaping a global KM community into an entity. Thank you for all your hard and voluntary work for establishing such a global KM community. I have spread the word among NSW KM group.

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    Vishnupriya Sengupta at |

    This is a wonderful initiative, Arthur. Shaping a global KM community demands not only porous borders, but also needs to encompass grassroots innovation as much as knowledge creation and its dissemination across all echelons of the corporate/ business world. In India we have a Honey Bee Network, a crucible of like-minded individuals, innovators, farmers, scholars, academicians, policy makers, entrepreneurs and non-governmental organisations with a presence in over 75 countries. It would be good if knowledge professionals in this virtual community could take turns to highlight/ share a best practice or anything worth highlighting within their immeduate circle to promote a meaningful knowledge exchange.


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