Share – Catch and Release Knowledge

The multiple pieces of information that we capture and share can increase the frequency of serendipitous connections, especially across organizations and disciplines where real innovation happens.
Harold Jarche

Harold Jarche

Thanks to colleague Jeff Miller for introducing me to the work of Harold Jarche. Jarche’s PKM (Personal Knowledge Mastery) process and Seek, Sense, Share framework generally characterizes my information gathering and sharing approach throughout my professional career. (At this time, I have not participated in Jarche’s PKM in 40 Days.)

This post is just a quick primer and reference to Jarche’s information – the inspiration for my A|Cube Compass (Anthrocubeology Compass).

Jarche’s PKM and Seek > Sense > Share Framework

Jarche discusses Personal Knowledge Mastery over here. He shares the following –

Personal Knowledge Mastery is a framework, that I have developed over the past 10 years, to help make sense of the changes in the modern workplace and is especially for professionals who continuously welcome challenges at the cutting edge of their expertise. It is a place to start thinking about networked learning, professional development, and staying current in the digital surround of the network era.

– and coupled with that, as part of his article “The Seek > Sense > Share Framework” over here, Jarche shares –

In addition to seeking, sensing and sharing, we need to become adept at filtering information as well as discerning when and with whom to share. … Connecting social networks, communities of practice and work teams, is an important framework for integrating learning and working in the network era.

– where he describes communities of practice as –

… a half-way space between work teams and social networks, where trusted relationships can form that enable people to share more openly.

He closes out his article (over here) with –

Many organizations are too slow and hierarchical to be useful for knowledge-sharing the network era. Organizations structured around looser hierarchies and stronger networks are much more effective for increasingly complex work.

What does this mean for cubesters? As Jarche endeavors –  workplace transformation.

Fish and Information

Prior to learning about Jarche’s work, I have affectionately called my way of managing and sharing information as a “catch and release” approach.

For fish, there are fishermen who practice catch and release – a conservation approach. Fish are caught, information about the fish is collected, and fish are eventually returned unharmed.

For me, throughout my career (and personal) development, I have done the same thing with information. I catch and release information. I have been called a “Master Pack Rat” and “Town Crier” – remembering projects, people, organizations, and events; collecting and archiving electronic and paper information; notetaking during conversations; and unconditionally sharing information.

How do you collect information? What information do you choose to share with people?  Do you have communities of practice?

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