The 15th October was designated blog action day (yes, I know I’m a day late but, as I write, it’s still the 15th in the Galapogas Islands). Andy Roberts writes that the theme this year for blog action day is the environment and distributed collaborative action – “The important thing is that the mass action can become self-conscious”.
In Australia, we have an upcoming federal election (24th November) in which individuals can have an impact in collaborative mass action for the environment. The election is the opportunity to put self-awareness about the environment onto the national agenda.
Individuals can exercise real power by voting for the candidates (in the House of Representatives and the Senate) that will actually take up the environmental challenge and actively work towards lowering our national carbon emissions. Globally, Australia could also join the Kyoto Protocol (Australia and the US are the two recalcitrant nations) and engage with the world on active climate change policies.
Australian voters should check out this recent CSIRO report on climate change to gauge the impact of climate change at home - nothing here to be complacent about!
Every now and then I want to highlight a blog post that I have read that has really made me think. First up is Dave Pollard.
I first met Dave Pollard after a presentation he gave last year at the Online Information conference in London (Online Information is on again later this year). The presentation was a keynote, entitled “A whirlwind tour of social networking”. I see from my notes that his presentation title was very apt! I was pretty impressed with what he had to say then and still impressed with what he has to say now. He is a passionate writer and engenders that feeling in his work and his blog posts.
I am not going to give a summary because I couldn’t do it justice. However, I will include this quote: “The only sustainable value you bring to an organization is what you show and teach and inspire in other people you work with”.
See what Dave Pollard has to say about knowledge management, blogging, and what it means for people and organisations.
I have been working on a couple of projects that have taken my time and head space in recent days. So much so, that my blogging remains on the back burner.
In the meantime, I have another conference alert. The KM World & Intranets Conference and Expo 2007 will be on in San Jose, California (USA) from November 6-8. The theme is “KM 2.0: a new world for the enterprise”.
I am reminded of this post by James Dellow on enterprise 2.0 and knowledge management – a good read on the subject and something worth thinking about on the way to San Jose … if you know the way there.
Blog netiquette is receiving a lot of attention after the threats US blogger Kathy Sierra received on her blog site, Creating passionate users. One would hope that “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” would be a simple and timeless reminder (irrespective of any religious orientation or not) of how to relate to people, on blogs or via any other communication channel.
Catherine Sanderson has just won a court case in Paris against her employer, accountants Dixon Wilson, for sacking her over a blog she had been writing. The blog did not reveal Ms Sanderson’s name, her workplace, or indeed the type of work her firm was invlolved in. Naturally enough, the victory was well received by Ms Sanderson. She also has a book deal in the offing based on her travails as a British expatriate living and working in Paris as detailed in her blog.
This little episode highlights the sensitivity that some employers have about employees writing in the blogosphere. More importantly, it demonstrates how the issue of trust remains a fundamental fear between employer and employee, despite what a plethora of management and leadership books have to say these days about modern organisations and the collaborative work space.
Trust is a very valuable commodity. It needs to be handled with care and responsibility. Trust in the workplace is very important for positive and productive outcomes. Once broken, trust is a very difficult commodity to repair. It is therefore not surprising that Ms Sanderson is not returning to Dixon Wilson, to work there as if nothing ever happened!
I was fascinated by the meme on Dave Snowden’s blog when he listed his favourite sources of media consumption. I was surprised that one of his favourites was the television series Charmed. Now I haven’t personally met Dave Snowden, but I have seen and heard him at conferences and I have read many of his articles and posts. I must say he doesn’t strike me as a chap who would watch such a show. Perhaps this says more about me than Dave Snowden!
Bloggers use blogs for many different reasons. Blogs can be used to record academic or employment-based work, to jot down personal thoughts and experiences and/or to actively encourage conversations with a range of people we might not necessarily know in person. Blogs can be useful as a form of personal profile, both in the blogosphere and also within organisations (company CEOs take note). Blogging offers a personality dimension because blogs are a platform to initiate and sustain relationships.
My blog has revealed some things about me, hopefully my curiousity, my interests and other activities. I’m sure more will come out in later posts. So, while not wanting to portray myself in the same dizzy heights of Snowden and corporate CEOs, I can reveal to you today that in my list of my favourite movies are Cheaper by the Dozen and the sequel, Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (playing in the background as I write).
It’s true, despite today being April Fools’ Day.