So I was giving a presentation yesterday at the e-Gov conference on KM. The presentation was on Web 2.0 and at one point my co-presenter, Tip Clifton of Eastpoint Analytics, asked the audience if any of their organizations aggressively supported the use of Web 2.0 tools. Out of about 50-70 people representing probably 20-30 organizations, not one raised their hand. That's one story right? We also asked how many people in that audience had any experience with e-learning. Probably 3 people raised their hands.
This really got me thinking. At DAU, we are working on creating curriculum that is focused on training and education for 'intact cohorts' - that is training and education for entire teams of people who work together. We are doing this based on the realization that while classes look like groups, they are really just temporary and arbitrary assemblies and when people go back to their regular jobs, they are now surrounded by people who do not have the same experience and who have not sat through the same class (at the same time) and yet those are the people we need to have that connective tissue between. So we thought - train them together - as a team - they'll learn teamwork, they'll learn knowledge in a cross-domain, interdisciplinary way and they'll be a stronger team when they return to their office.
Then in session after session yesterday, I keep hearing about problems with implementing KM systems because of IT shops, because of issues with corporate leadership and so on. These are issue that we have all heard at any number of conferences right? And yet, we all continue to go to conferences that are focused on our domain and out niche. Imagine if you went to a conference as the person from the learning team, along with an IT lead, a KM person, someone from the Front Office, maybe someone from HR, corporate communications, etc - you get the idea - whatever mix makes the most sense to your own corporate experience.
You don't get split into different tracks either but you all have to agree on which tracks to go through and so on. Can you imagine what that would be like? Do you think its possible? Valuable? if we can't create a conference where we actually bring all those people in, should we at least try to get speakers to craft sessions that address all these perspectives? Could we do that at least with keynotes?