There are currently 0 users and 55 guests online.
Personal Knowledge Management Project
The mission of The KMAfrica.com Knowledge Warrior Project is to provide links to useful software and know-how which together comprise most of what you need to support your KM efforts both on the road and in the office. The criteria for this collection of software includes the following:
We'll be looking at the following software in depth
There is a consensus that the global economy has evolved from being predominantly industrial to an information society. The world today is characterised by an escalation of information produced every day, availed in various formats, of different opinion and from diverse originators. The information explosion is in direct response to an increasing demand for information as man incessantly appreciates the need for the commodity to provide solutions to daily challenges. The global village, as it is now referred to, has also fallen victim to an escalating growth in procedures used in gathering, processing, communicating and storing information in personal, educational, business and social life. The persistence of information explosion and the dominance of information technology have necessitated an urgent need for dynamic and competent information professionals with the mental alacrity and enthusiasm to avail relevant and adequate information promptly.
Submitted by Farai Mutindindi on 2 March 2013 - 1:20pm.
The first thing to remember about exposure to these chemical weapons is that it is not the worst thing that could happen to you. The hype and fear surrounding them is enormous, but in reality, if you are careful and smart, you should survive it with little problem.
The second thing to remember is that the pain is only temporary, and we are extremely strong.
The third thing to remember about exposure to these chemical weapons is that there are many myths about treatment and prevention. Much of this misinformation is potentially dangerous. Some of it, if applied, could greatly increase or prolong a person's reaction to exposure, or at the very least provide a false sense of security.
What they are, and how they are deployed
Submitted by KMAadmin on 15 October 2011 - 1:40pm. categories [ ]
THE FUTURE OF HUMAN, NATURE and KNOWLEDGE
“We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.” - Stephen Covey
? Therefore, on redefining Knowledge :
Submitted by Md Santo on 19 May 2011 - 12:57am. categories [ ]
Ten Landmarks Toward Next Generation Knowledge Management
KNOWLEDGE 'R' US (not KNOWLEDGE 'R' OURS)
Submitted by Md Santo on 24 April 2011 - 9:29am. categories [ ]
FACT SHEET ON BISPHENOL A - Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA)
Submitted by storytelling on 10 December 2010 - 8:20am. categories [ ]
The world today is faced with several challenges like the economic recession, climatic change, disease outbreaks, increased organized crime, information explosion, and uncontrolled migration. Like any other calamity, the harsh effects are mostly felt by the vulnerable third world states. Zimbabwe, coming out of an economic crisis characterized by record inflation, high unemployment, heavy brain drain and a large reduction in the Gross Domestic Product, has plenty to do with regards to enhancing the recovery path and rejuvenating the economy. With the Unity government having managed to tame the legendary inflation and the economy expected to grow, focus is now on which sectors of development should be prioritized over others given a background of an economy thriving on limited resources.
Submitted by Farai Mutindindi on 25 August 2010 - 12:08pm.
Will Knowledge ‘R’ us (not “Knowlege 'R' ours”) shape the future of knowledge and KM?
By : Dr Md Santo – http://mobeeknowledge.ning.com
Submitted by Md Santo on 9 April 2010 - 4:04pm. categories [ ]
Here are some easy ways to save both energy and money while computing:
Access your power management settings
Submitted by KMAadmin on 7 April 2010 - 9:31am. categories [ ]
We as KM Africa Members should enhance our awareness, knowledge and skills on the concept of Knowledge Management KM by concentrating on different KM issues such as:
Submitted by Moustafa Wahba on 29 March 2010 - 9:48am. categories [ ]
categories [ ]
GLOBAL KNOWLEDGE TOWARDS 2012 or “CONTINUUM OF PHYSICAL REALITY WITH KNOWLEDGE AND BEYOND : GREAT TURNING FROM MIND BRAIN TO CONSCIOUSNESS DNA” (see the Attachment) showing global trends towards 2012 in which the domain of Knowledge evolved in continuum universe as emergent behavior within human body as complex (adpative) system, having consciousness and free will (mind and value) as well as behaving dynamically as subject
A brief description about the sentence ..."After Singularity between Human Mind and Technology reaching its peak (in 2012 ?)"... :
Submitted by Md Santo on 3 December 2009 - 3:40am. categories [ ]
Funding is vital for any research endeavour and writing funding proposals that have the desired impact is vital know-how. This Research Funding Toolkit toolkit can be found on the Global Development Network website. It provides tips and practical suggestions for applying for funding and proposal writing. It is based on interviews with experienced research fundraisers.
Proposal Writing and Fundraising Toolkit GDN Website
Contents of the toolkit:
This toolkit is divided into six sections. Here is a brief description of each section.
Submitted by KMAadmin on 7 September 2009 - 8:45am. categories [ ]
Web 2.0 tools and approaches are radically changing the ways we create, share, collaborate and publish digital information through the Internet. Participatory Web 2.0 for development – or Web2forDev for short – is a way of employing web services to intentionally improve information-sharing and online collaboration for development. Web 2.0 presents us with new opportunities for change – as well as challenges – that we need to better understand and grasp. This special issue shares learning and reflections from practice and considers the ways forward for using Web 2.0 for development.
PART I: OVERVIEW
PART II: STUDIES OF WEB 2.0 TOOLS
Submitted by KMAadmin on 28 August 2009 - 1:18pm. categories [ ]
An important aspect of PKM is stimulating the right habits and reminding yourself to attend to a particular thing at the appropriate time. For example, you might want to remind yourself of some of the following recurring events such as:
Submitted by storytelling on 21 August 2009 - 11:10am. categories [ ]
SourceForge is the world's largest open source software development web site. As of February, 2009, more than 230,000 software projects have been registered, making SourceForge.net the largest collection of open source tools and applications on the net. Software is available for download for most major operating systems including Windows, Windows Mobile, Mac and Linux SourceForge.net Website
Submitted by KMAadmin on 13 August 2009 - 9:07am. categories [ ]
When most of us were at school failure was seen as something that was negative, should be avoided and often worth punishment. And yet most learning theorists agree that it is only through failure that we really learn – as opposed to just memorising. Failure is useful when it helps us critically appraise our own performance. This is evaluation is an example of feedback. A simple way to think of feedback is experiencing the output of your own performance as a new input.
Students of psychology and education are becoming increasingly aware of the vital role that feedback plays in how we learn. All complex systems (like your body, your organisation, your family, your community) change their behaviour or learn through feedback - even if this means weaving in and out of the best path (like Wiener’s boat example) rather than sticking to the best path in any strict way.
Submitted by storytelling on 14 July 2009 - 4:02pm. categories [ ]
A paradigm is a self-consistent set of ideas and beliefs which acts as a filter, influencing how we perceive and make sense of the world. The way in which we often structure our organisations is based on the model of a Egyptian pyramid and is an example of a paradigm. Other examples of paradigms include – how to make bread, what a bed looks like, the characteristics of a chair that lend the idea of “chairness”, the general features of a ship or an aircraft and so on. The term was first used by Thomas Kuhn in “the structure of scientific revolutions” (1962) to describe the the impact of change within the ruling theory of science when fundamental assumptions changed. Kuhn argued that the history of science is not a linear and continuous assimilation of facts but rather a number of revolutions in which new paradigms or new ways of seeing the world, entirely replace the old. Some of his conclusions include:
Submitted by storytelling on 14 July 2009 - 1:54pm. categories [ ]
While we all know something about power, working in conflict or change management requires a clear understanding of power and how to decode and understand it. So what is power really and how is it constructed? Our world identifies certain individuals as 'having power' and then proceeds to make them more powerful by talking about them in the media. Politicians, high profile business leaders, characters from the entertainment industry and those frequently in the public eye are often said to examples of ‘powerful people’.
A useful way of decoding any phenomenon is to go beyond the 'what is it?' question and rather look at 'what does it do?'. In organisations, power can do many things. It can speed things up, slow things down, alter trajectory, transform our understanding of ‘what is going on’ and divert attention to something altogether different. We each have some measure of power and your position of power could be defined by:
Submitted by eugenie on 14 July 2009 - 11:01am. categories [ ]
The Linux operating system is becoming increasingly popular and offers a stable desktop platform including the respectable Openoffice office suite for free. You can load Ubuntu Linux onto your windows computer and, on boot up, decide which operating system you want to use - Windows or Linux. In addition to cost, there are many advantages to taking a serious look at Linux including an awesome array of free software to support almost any field of human endeavour. And if you are still attached to your old windows programs, the Ubuntu Linux supports a Windows emulator called Wine that can run many (but not all) your windows programs. In addition, remind yourself that it is exploring and learning new things that keeps you young and interesting.
You can request a free copy of Ubuntu Linux by going to Official Ubuntu Website Shipment is free to any country.
Submitted by KMAadmin on 10 July 2009 - 11:03am. categories [ ]
With the increase in users of microblogging sites such as Twitter.com, a profusion of services have emerged to support analysis and search of this live 'stream' of data. This Tweetgrid example provides an view of how seaching on particular hashtags (designated with a '#') can yield useful results and interesting connections. Importantly, it provides insight into how people in distant places are talking about your field of interest, what metaphors they are using, who they are recommending etc.. Obviously there is a lot of junk and so, as always, you need to exercise discernment. You can update the #hashtags on the tweetgrid and save your own personal glimpse into the mind of the collective.
Submitted by KMAadmin on 9 July 2009 - 4:38pm. categories [ ]
The uptake of mobile phones on the African continent continues with growth rates in excess of 100% over the past twelve months (Source MTN 'Yello corporate publication, 2008). This is happening while technologies that link people across space and time are becoming ubiquitous and mobile telephony is the preferred means of telecommunication. The result is a narrowing of the technological gap between the developed and developing world. Rates of ownership, even among the poorest, is surprisingly high and while estimates vary, there were already more than 100 million connected handsets in Africa in 2005.
Submitted by storytelling on 27 June 2009 - 9:07am. categories [ ]
The ability to network powerfully is an important skill and a key resource in your personal knowledge management strategy. In this discussion we'll look at ways of interacting with your network plus ideas for powerful networking. You could see your network as a series of circles that contain your immediate family, your friends, your professional networks, and the general public. While some of these overlap, others do not are and quite distinct. In addition to the face-to-face networks you engage in on a day-to-day basis, the vast majority of these networks are becoming available on-line and so these ideas are designed to provide know-how designed to help you get the best out of all of your networks:
Submitted by storytelling on 25 June 2009 - 1:33pm. categories [ ]
Permaculture is a particularly useful metaphor in change management and KM and many organisations are using permaculture principles to teach design and sustainability. Permaculture concerns itself with the use of ecology as the basis for designing integrated systems of food production, housing, appropriate technology, and community development.
Submitted by storytelling on 25 June 2009 - 12:46pm. categories [ ]
When engaged in Change Management project, we often use a KM framework to guide and share elements of the system's functionality with client. This simultaneously engages Systems Theory, Logical Framework Analysis (LFA), Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) and Dialogic approaches in project work. The novelty of this approach is that is both analytical and analogical simultaneously and creates a multidisciplinary framework for engaging complex information. It has proved particularly helpful in working with African government and NGOs. The process is generally completed within 3 days as an organisational ritual and outputs form inputs to the change process. The enquiry framework asks the following key questions when we assess organisational culture and the nature of a system:
Submitted by storytelling on 22 June 2009 - 8:29am. categories [ ]
Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) is an interdisciplinary approach to the study of discourse, which views "language as a form of social practice" (Fairclough 1989: 20) and focuses on the ways social and political domination is reproduced by text and talk. CDA developed within several disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, such as 'critical linguistics'.
Submitted by storytelling on 22 June 2009 - 8:16am. categories [ ]
The terms dialogic and dialogism often refer to the concept used by Mikhail Bakhtin in his work The Dialogic Imagination. The dialogic work carries on a continual dialogue with other works of literature and other authors. It does not merely answer, correct, silence, or extend a previous work, but informs and is continually informed by the previous work. Dialogic literature is in communication with multiple works. This is not merely a matter of influence, for the dialogue extends in both directions, and the previous work of literature is as altered by the dialogue as the present one is.
Submitted by storytelling on 22 June 2009 - 7:52am. categories [ ]
Anti-knowledge refers to the collective set of questions that form an antithetical structure to a subset or the sum of knowledge. Put more simply, Antiknowledge is whatever we don't know. Of course, we can't know what we don't know and so the only way to find out is to ask a question. Thankfully, the questions we can ask are the Who, What, Where, Why, How and When questions which operate on Anti-knowledge converting the questions into knowledge by structuring them. There are two fundamental types of questions:
Submitted by storytelling on 17 June 2009 - 8:51am. categories [ ]
If you are new to social media and are still exploring the area, here are 4 steps to help you get the best out of it:
Submitted by KMAadmin on 13 June 2009 - 8:09am. categories [ ]
While there are a number of models available for practitioners of KM to help implement KM projects, few models have tried to deconstruct KM itself and how it works. Understanding a complex dynamic is often best done by adopting a metaphor; a good metaphor can go a long way and serve you well in understanding a complex system.
Based on “Gameplaying in corporate” by Steve Banhegyi ISBN 978-0-9802550-4-1 (c) 2004-2009 - original article on trans4mation blog
Further information about this model and its various media derivatives is available on www.isivivane.com
A reminder about metaphors
Submitted by KMAadmin on 5 June 2009 - 9:48am. categories [ ]
Knowledge results from humans interacting with their environment and upon each other. As human interaction is the source of knowledge, it is necessary to ask what factors may impede the effective generation of knowledge and the sharing of know-how. Knowledge sharing / creation can only occur in the context of a 'safe space' but unfortunately many organisations find it difficult to maintain those conditions of culture and lived values that make for a safe space. This represents a paradox and a challenge to all key role players in such institutions who profess to support KM to take an honest, objective look at themselves. There are a number of behavioural factors related to power politics which are known to impede KM activities. These behaviours are particularly important because they are emulated in a cultural context (Katz and Kahn). Behaviours that negatively impact knowledge sharing and the practice of KM include:
Submitted by KMAadmin on 26 May 2009 - 5:31pm. categories [ ]
A particle physicist who knows about Brownian Motion (the random movement of particles in a solution) provides useful know-how and input into solving problems of traffic traffic control or the management of disease transmission. Anthroplogists used to studying pre-industrial cultures can provide insights into how social and community systems could be better designed. Film producers and directors have a wealth of experience in project management that has proven to be useful in helping design approaches to service delivery for government.
Submitted by storytelling on 25 May 2009 - 10:49am. categories [ ]
Without an operating system, computer hardware is inanimate and about as capable as a brick. In the early days, the operating system was considered to be an integral part of the computer until a brilliant move by Bill Gates when the hardware was separated from the operating system with MS.DOS Version 1.0. From this point, the operating system became glamorous, glitzy and branded as a consumer product - and had to be paid for separately to the hardware.
I use 3 operating systems - MS.Windows XPPro , Ubuntu 9,04 (Jaunty Jackalope) and Windows Mobile 6.0 on my HTC palmtop. I first started using Linux about 4 years ago. Up 'till then I used Microsoft exclusively apart from my experiences with some of the more exotic operating systems of the early 1980s which included the Commodore PET (with 16Kb RAM!), the Sinclair ZX-81, an o/s for designing integrated circuits called Gaelic and even an O/S called Gerbil.
Submitted by storytelling on 21 May 2009 - 7:42am. categories [ ]
A compelling, powerful vision can help you succeed, become more satisfied with your life, and get the most out of your personal & working relationships. Many experts on leadership emphasize how vital it is for you to craft your own personal vision. Warren Bennis, Stephen Covey, Peter Senge, and others point out that a powerful vision can help you succeed. It can also propel and inspire those around you to reach their own dreams. And remember, if you don't create your own vision, others will plan and direct your life for you.
Submitted by storytelling on 19 May 2009 - 1:17pm. categories [ ]
As a registered KMAfrica.com user, you can now integrate some of your other social networking activities into KMAfrica.com. This will enable other KMAfrica.com users to catch up with your projects, interests and web activities. To integrate the Activty Stream in your profile, follow the following instructions:
Submitted by storytelling on 19 May 2009 - 12:45pm. categories [ ]
Submitted by storytelling on 19 May 2009 - 10:39am. categories [ ]
A model is a formal, abstract, hypothetical description of a complex entity, system or process. Any system can be represented through a number of different models, depending on the level of abstraction required and the intention behind how the model is to be used. Examples of everyday models include climatic models as expressed in weather forecasts, models of ecosystems, economies, stock market simulations and other complex systems. While you can expect to study many different models during your career, it is important to understand the following principles about all models:
Submitted by KMAadmin on 15 May 2009 - 10:21am. categories [ ]
When you created an account at KMAfrica.com, you were asked various details about your profile. To make sure that the information here is correct (because it is regularly searched and indexed by various search services), click on http://isivivane.com/kmafrica/?q=user and then the personal information tab. Upload a picture of yourself that is appropriate to the site and change any details then click save at the bottom of the page. Your profile will now have been updated.
Submitted by KMAadmin on 11 May 2009 - 9:05am. categories [ ]
In this age, if you are doing business with anyone, it is more than likely that they will be finding out about you by searching for your profile on the Internet. There are a huge variety of networking, special interest groups, mailing lists and sites that tell a lot about you if you are associated with them. And the reason you need to be aware of this is that these linkages can work to your benefit or detriment if they are not properly and actively managed. There are stories of people who have been hired and fired based on what is found out about them on the internet.
Submitted by storytelling on 9 May 2009 - 11:13am. categories [ ]
The following are some of the skills and the taxonomy associated with personal knowledge management (PKM)
Submitted by storytelling on 8 May 2009 - 10:52am. categories [ ]
A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea. Mind maps are used to generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, decision making, and writing.
The elements of a given mind map are arranged intuitively according to the importance of the concepts, and are classified into groupings, branches, or areas, with the goal of representing semantic or other connections between portions of information. Mind maps may also aid recall of existing memories.
Submitted by KMAadmin on 5 May 2009 - 9:57am. categories [ ]
If you aren't using firefox as a browser, you should have a look at this opensource program. It works on Windows, Linux and a host of other operating systems. And if you thought that browsers were all the same, you'll think differently when you see how you can customise Firefox precisely to your requirements.The download from http://www.firefox.com is a few megabytes in size and so takes just a few minutes. When you have installed Firefox, you are going to need to customise it by means of applying add-ons - programs to make your browser much more capable and personal... The url is https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/fashionyourfirefox/
Here are some of our recommended Firefox updates:
Submitted by KMAadmin on 4 May 2009 - 5:04pm. categories [ ]
An office suite is a basic essential piece of software for the Knowledge Worker. For those of us who have spent many years on computers, there is now a free and OpenSource (FOSS) program called OpenOffice version 3.0 which does everything that Microsoft Office does including Spreadhseets, Word Processing, Drawing and Presentations. OpenOffice is compatible with a great many file formats including Excel, Word (including the latest .docx formats), Powerpoint which means that you will be able to carry on working on your existing files without interruption. If you have worked on Microsoft software before, you will find the interface in OpenOffice easy and intuitive although it is not as glitzy as the Microsoft product.
Have a look at the OpenOffice Website for further details and to download the suite.
Submitted by KMAadmin on 4 May 2009 - 4:34pm. categories [ ]
We oftentimes tend to focus on the latest technologies and Gizmos but all too often the person behind the technology - you - is overlooked. It seems that while the education system is reasonably good at telling you about the world around you, it is not terribly effective about teaching you about yourself and what happens in your brain/mind/body/nervous system. Therefore, I believe that a study of thinking skills should form part of each PKM practitioner's personal growth plan.
I have taught thinking skills to a variety of audiences over the years ranging from school children to engineers and boards of directors in listed companies through our thoughtformz thinking skills project - the course outline includes:
Submitted by storytelling on 30 April 2009 - 8:38am. categories [ ]
Personal knowledge management (PKM) refers to a collection of processes that an individual needs to carry out in order to gather, classify, store, search, and retrieve knowledge in his/her daily activities (Grundspenkis 2007). One of its focus is about how individual workers apply knowledge processes to support their day-to-day work activities (Wright 2005)
Personal knowledge management (PKM) integrates personal information management (PIM), focused on individual skills, with knowledge management (KM). Many people undertaking this task have taken an organizational perspective. From this perspective, understanding of the field has developed in light of expanding knowledge about human cognitive capabilities and the permeability of organizational boundaries. The other approach for PKM is metacognitive - it compares various modalities within human cognition as to their competence and efficacy (Sheridan, 2008).
Connections to Organizations and Groups
Submitted by storytelling on 28 April 2009 - 9:20am. categories [ ]
The following initial objectives have been set for the KMAfrica.com Knowledge Warrior Project:
Submitted by KMAadmin on 27 April 2009 - 8:37am. categories [ ]
Benjamin Bloom (1956) developed a classification of levels that might be seen in intellectual behavior in learning. This taxonomy contained three overlapping domains: the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective. Within the cognitive domain, he identified six levels: knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. These domains and levels are still useful today as you develop your critical thinking skills
Critical thinking involves logical thinking and reasoning including skills such as comparison, classification, sequencing, cause/effect, patterning, webbing, analogies, deductive and inductive reasoning, forecasting, planning, hyphothesizing, and critquing.
Submitted by KMAadmin on 6 March 2009 - 10:02am. categories [ ]
Here is a complete set of user guides for OpenOffice including migration guides, how to guides and information for writers and developers
Submitted by KMAadmin on 21 November 2008 - 10:11am.
Submitted by storytelling on 7 July 2009 - 2:03pm. categories [ ]