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KM4Dev Knowledge Cafè 16: Decolonisation of knowledge action plan, 20 May 2021

Focus on Asia, Australasia, and Middle East

RealKM Magazine is pleased to support and participate in a very important Knowledge Management for Development (KM4Dev) Knowledge Cafè 16 on 20 May 2021 that will contribute to the development of an action plan for the decolonisation of knowledge.

Knowledge Cafè 16 will focus on Asia, Australasia, and the Middle East, following on from Knowledge Cafè 15 which engaged other time zones.

KM4Dev Knowledge Cafè 16: Decolonisation of knowledge: an action plan for KM4Dev, focus on Asia, Australasia, and Middle East

  • Virtual (Zoom) Knowledge Cafè, Thursday 20 May 2021
  • 12:30pm (Iran), 1:30pm (India), 4:00pm (China, Singapore), 6:00pm (Sydney)
  • Invitation – PDF and image
  • Registration – Zoom meeting registration
  • Further information and resources – KM4Dev website (select desktop view)

In Knowledge Cafè 16, I’ll be highlighting the need to consider narrative disruption as a critical aspect of decolonising knowledge.

What is meant by “the decolonisation of knowledge”?

As KM4Dev advises:

Decolonizing knowledge is a political project, initially started in academia to challenge what is perceived to be the hegemonic control over knowledge production and sharing by the western hemisphere. It positions indigenous [and traditional and local] knowledge systems as equal in importance to the US-Euro-centric models and approaches. Today, decolonizing knowledge has become an umbrella term to encompass all the challenges posed to the current system of knowledge production, flow, and use. For the field of knowledge management [the aim of] decolonization is to make the field more diverse, plural, and inclusive.

I first raised concerns about the global knowledge imbalance, including in regard to knowledge about knowledge management (KM), in an August 2018 article. Then, in a December 2019 article, I called on the KM community to play a more active role in progressing the decolonisation of knowledge and KM.

In the time since, I’ve continued to advocate for the decolonisation of knowledge, including presenting in KM4Dev Knowledge Cafè 7 and publishing an ongoing article series.


Also published on Medium.

Bruce Boyes

Bruce Boyes (www.bruceboyes.info) is editor, lead writer, and a director of the award-winning RealKM Magazine (www.realkm.com) and currently also teaches in the University of NSW (UNSW) Foundation Studies program in China. He has expertise and experience in a wide range of areas including knowledge management (KM), environmental management, program and project management, writing and editing, stakeholder engagement, communications, and research. Bruce holds a Master of Environmental Management with Distinction and a Certificate of Technology (Electronics). With a demonstrated ability to identify and implement innovative solutions to social and ecological complexity, Bruce's many career highlights include establishing RealKM Magazine as an award-winning resource for knowledge managers, using agile and knowledge management approaches to oversee the implementation of an award-winning $77.4 million river recovery program in western Sydney on time and under budget, leading a knowledge strategy process for Australia's 56 natural resource management (NRM) regional organisations, pioneering collaborative learning and governance approaches to support communities to sustainably manage landscapes and catchments, and initiating and teaching two new knowledge management subjects at Shanxi University in China.

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