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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: It may sound corny but love is the answer

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By David Gurteen. It may seem corny, but love is the answer. I have long thought that to help cure many of the ills in the world that all we needed to do was "to care more." To care more about each other and to care more about our planet.

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.

Blog Post: Future Proofing the Organisation - Nadim Habib at Social Now 2018

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By David Gurteen I spoke at Social Now 2018 in Lisbon back in May and the keynote speaker at the event was Nadim Habib who talked about Future Proofing the Organisation. An excellent talk - well worth watching

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.

Why we’re taking a tech break this holiday season

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When was the last time you checked your phone? Or better yet, are you reading this on your phone right now? According to NYU professor Adam Alter , the average millennial picks up their smartphone 150 times a day – and it’s not just to text their loved ones.

Blog Post: Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block (2nd Edition)

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By David Gurteen One of the books that has influenced me the most over the last few years is Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block.

Blog Post: Conversational leadership and the Power of Conversation Video

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By David Gurteen In June, I gave a talk on “Conversational leadership and the Power of Conversation” at the European Commission's Knowledge Week In Brussels. You can now watch the full talk on the home page of my blook.

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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

Blog Post: Will the future economy be a knowledge economy or a human economy?

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By David Gurteen There is opinion that the Knowledge Economy does not exist or is a myth. Or that maybe it should be termed the Information or Digital Economy. People are also increasingly talking about the Human Economy or the Caring Economy.

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: We live in a hyperconnected, socio-technical world

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By David Gurteen As I write my blook on Conversational Leadership , I find myself capturing fragments of ideas that I know will get refined and fit in somewhere in due course. Here is one such fragment: We are not separate from the world. We are integrally connected. We are each a node of one huge global network. It is as if we are all attached by a large number of elastic bands to a multitude of other nodes: people, things, places, and history.

Blog Post: Would you like to learn how to design and run a Knowledge Caf�?

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By David Gurteen Would you like to learn how to design and run a Knowledge Café and how they can be applied? I'll be giving a Knowledge Café masterclass at CILIP in central London on Thursday 1st November 2018. The thing to note about my Knowledge Cafés is that they are more than just about sharing knowledge and building relationships. They can be applied in a wide variety of ways and at their best are a powerful sense-making tool.

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Blog Post: The Henley Forum Listening Project

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By David Gurteen The Henley Forum is researching Knowledgeable Practice for the next 10 years. They wish to understand how knowledge, learning and change practice might develop over the next 10 years. They are asking practitioners two key questions: What key qualities and skills have you relied on in doing your best work? What qualities and skills do you believe will be most useful and important for practitioners over the next 10 years? They have created a questionnaire to solicit some input.

Blog Post: Future Caf�: the future of visual collaboration tools

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By David Gurteen One of the challenges I have in seeing the Knowledge Café more widely adopted is conveying its power as a "group thinking" or "group sensemaking" tool and how it can be adapted for a wide variety of purposes. To this in end, in my blook on Conversational Leadership, I have two chapters, the first describes the various Café applications and the second is a collection of stories of how the Café has been or is being used in practice.

Blog Post: We are what we think about all day long

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By David Gurteen. A man is what he thinks about all day long. Credit: Ralph Waldo Emerson. This is one of my favourite quotes. When I find my mind wandering to trivial matters or worrying over things I have no power to control, I think of this quote and consciously change what I am thinking about to something of value. The more I do it, the better I get at it. Oh, by the way, I am sure this applies to women too.

Blog Post: Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: September2018

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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. A big difference maker is when participants in a network (or an organization, for that matter) embrace new ways of seeing, thinking, and doing. link] #ConversationalLeadership.

Blog Post: Updates to my blook on Conversational Leadership September 2018

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By David Gurteen I have made a number modifications and additions to my blook over the last month. One key new feature is the ability to see the most frequently visited pages. The three most popular pages of my blook over the last 30 days were: Shared meaning. The Enlightenment Coffeehouses. Benjamin Franklin's Junto Club. It's not so much that these pages are the more interesting but that Google gives them a high ranking.

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: Resolve issues face-to-face whenever you can - not by email

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By David Gurteen Let me share a true story. A friend of mine was told by their manager never to resolve problems face-to-face but to do it by an exchange of emails and to copy him so that there was an audit trail. Then if anything went wrong, it was obvious who was to blame. Sometime later, my friend noticed that the sales manager had made an incorrect entry in the new CRM database. It was a relatively trivial mistake.

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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.

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: 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: 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.

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: A profile of Dave Snowden by Stan Garfield

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By David Gurteen Dave is a self-described “proud curmudgeon and pragmatic cynic” and the founder and chief scientific officer of Cognitive Edge. I think without any doubt, he is the most influential thought-leader in the KM world. He has had a massive influence on me and whenever I am struggling with an issue - I think to myself "What would Dave's views be on this?". I will often google the issue and find he has some very strong opinions on the subject in question.

Blog Post: Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: July 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. The new business dynamics of a hyperconnected world [link]. William Isaacs: Conversations that change the world [link] #KnowledgeCafe #KM #KMers #ConversationalLeadership #dialogue. We have made debating all about winning [link] #ConversationalLeadership. Dissenters seem like a pain.

Blog Post: Updates to my blook on Conversational Leadership July 2018

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By David Gurteen A big thanks to everyone who gave me feedback on my Knowledge Café principles last month. They are greatly improved. Thank you. The seven principles are listed below.

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