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Blog Post: Speech is already not as free as you might think

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By David Gurteen I have written about freedom of speech in the past see Freedom of speech is more than just a value and continue to research and develop my thoughts for my blook - particularly in the context of the current discussions on hate speech and fake news.

Books I Read In 2018

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Not gonna lie. All those “Books of 2017” posts made me kinda wishing I kept a list of my own. No way for me to go back and figure out what I read last year (I give away most books once I’ve completed them) so instead will make this a living post, where I add as I finish. If we generously start 2018 on 12/26/2017, here’s what I’ve read so far in reverse-chron order: 4) Finding Flow – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi [non-fiction].

Blog Post: Is conversation action?

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By David Gurteen I am often asked how to turn conversation into action. It's a crazy question as conversation is action. Let me justify that. It is evident that conversation does not change the physical world. Conversation, however, changes the wiring of our brains. It transforms our minds. It changes what we think about, and it shapes how we think. Conversation creates the conditions, in which actions and changes we would like to see in the world become possible.

Blog Post: Jonathan Norman interviews me about Conversational Leadership

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By David Gurteen If you have 15 minutes and would like to learn a little about Conversational Leadership then take a look at this short video interview that Jonathan Norman of the Major Projects Knowledge Hub held with me recently. You will find my blook on Conversational Leadership here

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Last year, we hosted the 2017 MVP Awards across three of our sites. In order to get ready for this year’s coming awards across even more of our sites, we’re catching up with some of our judges from the previous awards who offered their time and insight to make the awards even better. Take a look!

Blog Post: Receive a quotation by e-mail on a day of the week of your choosing

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By David Gurteen I love quotations. This one is a favourite: I do not accept any absolute formulas for living. No preconceived code can see ahead to everything that can happen in a man's life. As we live, we grow and our beliefs change. They must change. So I think we should live with this constant discovery. We should be open to this adventure in heightened awareness of living. We should stake our whole existence on our willingness to explore and experience.

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Blog Post: Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: April 2018

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By David Gurteen Here are some of my more popular recent tweets. Take a look, if you are not a Tweeter, you will get a good idea of how I use it by browsing the list of micro-posts. Organisations are linguistic structures built out of words and maintained by conversations. link] #ConversationalLeadership. Conversational Leadership: 3 Steps to Improve Conversations | KMInstitute [link] #ConversationalLeadership. Ralph Stacey: Complexity and Paradoxes [link] #complexity #ConversationalLeadership.

Blog Post: The Future of Management Is Teal

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By David Gurteen A big thanks to Silvia Bombard for telling me abut the work of Frederic Laloux. I googled him and found this article: The Future of Management Is Teal : Organizations are moving forward along an evolutionary spectrum, toward self-management, wholeness, and a deeper sense of purpose. He tells the fascinating story of the evolution of the organization (human collaboration) starting 10,000 years ago. He gives each phase of the evolution a colour: red, amber, orange, green and teal.

Blog Post: Benjamin Franklin's Junto Club led to the birth of the first US Public Library in 1731

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By David Gurteen. I was driving into town recently and switched on the car radio and caught the last few minutes of BBC Radio 4 programme called Making History and was gobsmacked at my serendipitous discovery of a so-called "Conversation Society" founded in 1727!

Blog Post: Zoom Caf�: How can experts share and innovate across different disciplines?

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By David Gurteen My good friend John Hovell is running Knowledge Cafés in Washington DC. Some of these are face-to-face and others are online using Zoom. The next Café coming up is an online Zoom one on Tuesday 3rd April 11:00am - 12:30pm EST. The topic: "How can experts share and innovate across different disciplines?". Clearly what is great about online Zoom Cafés is that you do not need to be in Washington DC to take part.

Blog Post: Dubai Knowledge Summit 2017

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By David Gurteen The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation ( MBRF ) recently organized and held the fourth annual Knowledge Summit in Dubai. Here are a few videos that you may find of interest from the Summit

Blog Post: PowerPoint is still poisoning us

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By David Gurteen It's a while since I last talked about what I call conversational conferences - February 2013 to be exact. I am now starting to pull some of that old material into my blook and updating it.

Blog Post: Upcoming Henley Forum Events

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By David Gurteen. If you are based in the UK or fancy a trip to the beautiful Thames valley countryside then take a look at these upcoming events at Henley Business School. Although they are primarily for members of the Henley Forum, a few guest places are always available.

Blog Post: Zoom World Values Day Knowledge Caf?

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By David Gurteen My virtual Zoom World Values Day Café went off exceptionally well. 117 people registered from 25 countries but there is always a large drop-off and in the end I had 47 people from 16 countries - still a good turnout.

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Blog Post: Getting your head around the Cynefin Framework

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By David Gurteen. Some years ago,when I first started to learn about Dave Snowden's Cynefin Framework, it took me a little while to wrap my head around it as there were never any good examples given of the different types of problems associated with each domain. If you have the same problem, take a look at this excellent article The Cynefin framework: applying an understanding of complexity to medicine.

Blog Post: Peter Block on small group working

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By David Gurteen In reseaching for my blook on Conversational Leadership , I came across these words of wisdom in this short 90 second video clip from Peter Block about small group working. How do I get every voice in the room? How do I get people in the room who cross social distance levels?

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Blog Post: I am sorry I don't know enough to have an opinion on that

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By David Gurteen I have long thought that in our modern day culture it is almost illegal not to have an opinion on an issue regardless of whether we know anything about it or not. Confident ignorant people argue with equally confident ignorant people. We all do it. In the UK for example, how much does any one of us really know about the impact of a complex issue such Brexit - but we all have strongly held opinions.

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Blog Post: Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: December 2017

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By David Gurteen Here are some of my more popular recent tweets. Take a look, if you are not a Tweeter, you will get a good idea of how I use it by browsing the list of micro-posts. How can groups make good decisions? Mariano Sigman and Dan Ariely [link]. We're focusing on the wrong thing. Focusing on skills betrays a static view of the world. link]. What happens without conversation? Nothing. link]. Organizational change is not about simply "substituting" old for new.

Blog Post: You'll be surprised at the strongest predictor of how long you will live

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By David Gurteen I will be 70 years old later this year and would love to make it to 100. I thought that mainly meant some good genes, eating well, exercising and a huge dose of luck. Yes of course, those things matter. But I was amazed to see the top two predictors of a long life in this TED talk by psychologist Susan Pinker: frequent face-to-face interactions close personal relationships. So I may be in with a chance!

Blog Post: Dave Snowden: A succinct overview of his groundbreaking work

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By David Gurteen Dave Snowden is an prodigious and extraordinary thinker and I guess best known as the developer of the Cynefin framework - a decision making tool. I love his blog and read every post. He has had a profound influence on my thinking. Next year, I hope to see his long awaited book published but in the mean time if you are looking for a succinct introduction to his work take a look at these takeouts (by Sonja Blignaut ) and video from a TedX talk he gave in November 2017.

Blog Post: Career, Community and Cause - the three things people want out of work

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By David Gurteen According to a recent article in the Harvard Business Review based on some people analytics research at Facebook, people want three things out of work. Career is about work: having a job that provides autonomy, allows you to use your strengths, and promotes your learning and development. It's at the heart of intrinsic motivation. Community is about people: feeling respected, cared about, and recognized by others. It drives our sense of connection and belongingness.

Blog Post: The Scientific Method for Kids

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By David Gurteen There are many subjects that everyone should be taught in school but I think one of the most important things that children need to learn is how to make sense of the world and thus they need to learn about the scientific method. They need never be scientists if that is not their calling but they simply need to understand how science works. Science is not a collection of facts; it is a way of viewing and studying the world.

Blog Post: Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: February 2018

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By David Gurteen Here are some of my more popular recent tweets. Take a look, if you are not a Tweeter, you will get a good idea of how I use it by browsing the list of micro-posts. Community is about people: feeling respected, cared about, and recognized by others. It drives our sense of connection and belongingness.” link] /interesting research at Facebook as to what people want from work. Career, Community and Purpose. Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.

Blog Post: Zooming around

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By David Gurteen. I ran another Zoom virtual Knowledge Café a few days ago. Yet again it went exceptionally well and I had some great feedback.

Blog Post: Conversational Spaces

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By David Gurteen. My blook on Conversational Leadership continues to grow and take shape.

Blog Post: Embedding Change: delivering value from knowledge and learning

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By David Gurteen. The Henley Forum for Organisational Learning and Knowledge Strategies (known as the Henley Forum ) is a members-only forum but some of its events are open to the public.

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Blog Post: Knowledge Management Communities

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By David Gurteen Stan Garfield has put together a truly comprehensive list of Knowledge Management Communities

Blog Post: We need more dialogue and a little less debate

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By David Gurteen One of the many posts I have in mind for my blook is to compare debate with dialogue. We often say we need to debate something - especially in the political world - when what we really need is a dialogue. Dialogue is collaborative: two or more sides work together toward a common understanding while debate is oppositional: two sides oppose each other and attempt to prove each other wrong. In dialogue, finding common ground is the goal while in debate, winning is the goal.

Blog Post: If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.

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By David Gurteen I love quotations and you can find a huge selection on my website. You can also subscribe to receive one at random each a week or day if you wish. Many of them have a connection in some way. Here are two of my favourites, separated by over 400 years. There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees. Credit: Michel de Montaigne. If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking. Credit: George S. Patton.

Blog Post: Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: January 2018

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By David Gurteen Here are some of my more popular recent tweets. Take a look, if you are not a Tweeter, you will get a good idea of how I use it by browsing the list of micro-posts. Why "knowledge sharing" cannot replace "knowledge management" [link]. Why Conversations Across Ideological Lines Fail #ConversationalLeadership [link]. What kills most innovation isn't a lack of ideas, it's a lack of relationships | Game-Changer [link].

Blog Post: The future starts in 14 seconds.

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By David Gurteen. On May 17 it was 21 years since Leif Edvinsson inaugurated the Skandia Future Center. To celebrate the event Leif has collected some volunteering 12 voices, into a free of charge on-line booklet Forward Future Center 3.0.

Blog Post: The last of human freedoms

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By David Gurteen In 1989, I first read Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and he introduced me to the life and work of Viktor Frankl. Viktor Frankl was an internationally renowned psychiatrist. In 1946, he wrote the book Man's Search for Meaning.

Blog Post: The correct analogy for the mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting

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By David Gurteen Whether it is our educational systems or the presentations we give at conferences, we focus far too much on filling people's heads with content. It is not an effective way of teaching. We need to inspire people to learn for themselves, not attempt to fill their heads with stuff. Plutarch understood this, almost 2,000 years ago when he said: The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.

Blog Post: Non-violent communication: Ed you have a big mouth!

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By David Gurteen My daughter Sally posted a short item on her blog recently about the verb "to be" and violent communication. Can we (or should we) ever say that 'something is', if it is not a permanent state of being?

Blog Post: Alternative facts are not really facts

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By David Gurteen I am sure most of you by now will have heard the phrase alternative facts. This is what Wikipedia says if you are not familiar with the term.

Blog Post: Are vague Ideas sometimes better than firm ones?

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By David Gurteen I rather like this thought about ideas from Pablo Picasso. We don't necessarily need a clear, crisp, sharp idea or vision. A hazy one, a sense of vague direction may sometimes be better as we are then more likely to explore along the journey and make serendipitous discoveries. Maybe vague ideas are at the heart of being creative. You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea. Credit: Pablo Picasso

Blog Post: What is the difference between responsibility and accountability?

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By David Gurteen In writing my blook on Conversational Leadership , I often find myself researching and defining the meaning of words or concepts and their nuances. For example, we use the words responsibility and accountability loosely in everyday language, but what is the difference? This is my best attempt so far in answering that question. But in summary: We can only choose to take responsibility for something. No one else can assign responsibility to us.

Blog Post: Upcoming Knowledge Events

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By David Gurteen. Here are some of the major KM events taking place around the world in the coming months and ones in which I am actively involved.

Blog Post: The Listening Project: intimate conversations between friends or relatives

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By David Gurteen The BBCs listening project is a fascinating one. Since 2012 the BBC have been collecting intimate conversations between friends or relatives, to build a unique picture of our lives today. They have collected over a thousand so far, and most are being broadcast on BBC radio and are being archived by the British Library to preserve them for future generations. Go listen here. Each conversation is only a few minutes long.