1 December 2022
Dr. Moria Levy
Dear KM friends,
Another year has come to an end.
2022 was, no doubt, an exciting year for KMGN.
2020 has set a new model of triple-based leadership (leader-to-be, leader, mentor);
2021 focused on foundations (bank account, procedures, and committees).
We started 2022 will all required to make this an unforgettable year of advancements:
We have set a new vision of influencing the knowledge management discipline, dreaming of bringing prosperity to organizations and society through better KM.
To fulfill this vision, three main objectives were defined:
The first was the growth of KMGN. Growth was defined as critical for two reasons: both, because our collective wisdom is the best asset enabling us to push the KM discipline forward; and, if we want to make a difference, we must address as many KMers as possible. KM change without people implementing won’t do.
From 12 countries, we doubled our network to 24 countries represented in KMGN: Austria, Australia, Bahrain, Botswana, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Namibia, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, and the United States. Thank you, Ved Prakash for leading this committee together with Khattab Salman, Annie Green, Rajesh Dhillon, Refiloe Mabaso, and David Lamotte.
The second objective was to develop and offer new approaches for implementing fast, relevant, advanced KM, thus by courses and projects: In 2022, we delivered a course on “Advanced methodologies of Knowledge Management.” More than 100 KMers, representing over 20 countries, participated in the 2022 course, taking back the methodologies to daily KM work, and serving as a base for new countries and networks to join KMGN. We also ran two main projects, each including members from various countries worldwide: A project of designing deep, effective global collaboration that can cross boundaries of culture and customs; and a project of developing tools that can help ISO30401 implementation, understanding that such is a base for KM excellence, shared language and eventually, more and better KM. The two projects ended with impressive outcomes- a course on “The New Collaboration” to be held in 2023 and a toolbox including 4 toolsets for implementing ISO30401 in organizations being in different KM levels. Again, also here, we joined forces of KMers worldwide, some from KMGN originally, others to join later.
In addition, several KM clinics and lectures took place (several case studies sharing; the SKII series on the new enterprise).
We initiated a new KMGN newsletter, prepared every month by some other local KM network, engaging us all together and enabling more learning from one another.
The main event of the year, the first KM hackathon, which we named HacKMthon, started a new tradition in which KMers around the world define and design together the main existing KM challenges, from which the following year's projects of KMGN will be derived. Thank you, Mohamad Faiz Selamat, for leading this activity!
The third objective of KMGN was to continue setting the next level of foundations: Advanced digital platforms that can serve KMGN and the KM discipline. Two new websites, one presenting KMGN and the networks included, and the second (still in development)- a shared knowledgebase of KM practices to be used and shared within and across countries and networks. In addition, a YouTube channel was established, including videos on KM, based on our courses and additional activities held. A LinkedIn company page and a Telegram messenger were set up. All of these enabled and will continue to serve for better communication with KMers, inviting all to participate in this important movement of shared KM.
The current positioning of KMGN as the most collaborative KM network was fulfilled- in the way decisions were taken and discussed in board meetings; in how tasks were completed involving members from new and veteran networks; through having the KM course include weekly breakout room discussions. Also, the new knowledge generated in the various projects- was an outcome of KM volunteers from so many different countries around the globe.
We have a reason to all be proud. We are ending 2022 in a much better place than where we started. If the focus on the past was more within KMGN, it moved this year from KMGN to KM, demonstrating collaborative work of KM work- retaining, sharing, making accessible, and developing the knowledge of the KM discipline.
I am ending this year of KMGN leadership, passing the responsibility to Mohamad Faiz Selamat from Singapore and his new deputy, Manfred Bornemann, from Austria. I am sure they will continue leading us to fulfill our dreams, bringing more prosperity to organizations and societies through KM.
Thank you all,
This post was initially published in LinkedIn