What is My Personal Knowledge Management System?

After some Skype chat earlier in the week, it was great to hear the voice of Harold Jarche this evening. The Skype call service wasn’t up to scratch – clipping one in every few of Harold’s words – but no worries. Within minutes Harold had guided me through setting up a Google Talk account and ‘hey presto!’ – now we’re talking (or should I say Unworkshop-ing).

What did I learn? That the first question I need to address is: What is my personal knowledge management system (PKM)?

There is a wealth of interesting stuff out there and a wealth of great information sharing, knowledge generation and learning taking place. Yet, we are often faced with information overload and an overwhelming diversity of channels. How do we sort and filter that to which we give our time and attention? And how do we move from “this is interesting stuff” to “I think that…”?

“Learning – The Link Between Knowledge and Change” is the tag-line Gillian and I will be using in a communication piece within our organization about the work the Learning Team will be doing in the coming years. At the organizational level, we are look at how we need to manage knowledge in ways that facilitate the learning necessary to bring about change. At the personal level, how are we doing this?

I don’t expect to figure out my personal knowledge management system overnight, but I will start thinking about it. And then I’ll start thinking about how I can improve it, and how the use of software such as bloglines, del.icio.us and others can help – at least with the web-based component.

Thankfully Harold’s already shared some great, evolving ideas about his PKM system on his blog, and others have shared their ideas through comments too. It’s a good place to start.

4 replies
  1. Koos
    Koos says:

    This is so cool, I just got a Google alert while I’m brainstorming about this very topic with a friend of mine. After we just discovered the Google alerts and thought we invented the personal knowledge management system phrase ourselves 😛 Anyway, thanks for the links.

  2. Lizzie
    Lizzie says:

    Hi Koos, I would love to hear more of your ideas on personal knowledge management. Would you like to share them here? Or are the already available somewhere?

  3. Koos
    Koos says:

    Yeah, well, my ideas are still a bit vague, but I am rather sure the internet will be used for an omnipotent digital personal knowledge system. I know I’m not the only one thinking that, but till now I haven’t seen any proper interface for it. I’m considering in making a graduation project out of this and only recently started exploring this topic. The very evening you were making this blog post that is 🙂 I’m thinking already quite some months about it, but I still have to find more info that is already there on the topic. Do you perhaps have some more relevant links?


  4. Lizzie
    Lizzie says:

    Sounds like and interesting graduation project.
    In terms of links, i’m pretty new to this – introduced to this thinking just a week or so by Harold Jarche – as linked in the blog. If you haven’t already, check out his linked post, as well as the link he provides to the blog of Tony Karrer which is a great resource. Check out the comments to their stuff too – which should lead you down some interesting paths. And the add a comment to their work and i’m sure you’ll be sailing!
    Please keep me posted, L

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