Great blog post from Nick Milton , all about the Knowledge Management culture shift. I’d seen this before, but worth repeating since I think it encapsulates the key elements of collaboration in successful communities of practice, a key area of work I’ve been involved in for the past 4 years.Â It’s a useful exercise to consider these points as both an individual and as part of a group/community exercise to gain a perspective of where you , your organisation or your community are on your KM journey:
- From â€œI knowâ€ to â€œWe knowâ€
- From â€œKnowledge is mineâ€ to â€œKnowledge is oursâ€
- From â€œKnowledge is ownedâ€ to â€œKnowledge is sharedâ€
- From â€œKnowledge is personal propertyâ€ to â€œKnowledge is collective/community propertyâ€
- From â€œKnowledge is personal advantageâ€ to â€œKnowledge is company advantageâ€
- From â€œKnowledge is personalâ€ to â€œKnowledge is inter-personalâ€
- From â€œI defend what I knowâ€ to â€œI am open to better knowledgeâ€
- From â€œnot invented here (i.e. by me)â€ to â€œinvented in my communityâ€
- From â€œNew knowledge competes with my personal knowledgeâ€ to â€œnew knowledge improves my personal knowledgeâ€
- From “other people’s knowledge is a threat to me” to “our shared knowledge helps me”
- From â€œAdmitting I donâ€™t know is weaknessâ€ to â€œAdmitting I donâ€™t know is the first step to learningâ€
Nick goes on to comment:
That shift from â€œI knowâ€ to â€œwe knowâ€ â€“ from â€œKnowledge is mineâ€ to â€œKnowledge is oursâ€ is a huge one, and counter-cultural to many of us. People can find it scary, but once it has been achieved, it is like living in a different, and far better, world.
Agree with that, and have never underestimated how difficult it is to achieve this cultural shift.
Within the context of communities of practice it reflects a view of knowledge as the property of human communities and places the emphasis on connections between people and cultivating, recognising and supporting a shared learning experience.