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Hunterian Museum to speak at KMUK2010

We are delighted to announce that the Hunterian Museum will join the conference programme at KMUK 2010 on Wednesday 16th June at De Vere Canary Wharf, addressing the topic below:

CASE STUDY: The Hunterian Museum
Room to discover: museums supporting businesses learning and development

  • John Hunter: the surgeon, his collection and the Royal College of Surgeons
  • Past innovation and future inspiration
  • Using heritage and culture to support learning and development
  • Building confidence: a practical approach

Jane Hughes, Head of Learning & Access and Stefania Riccini, Visitor Services Manager, Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons

To see the full event programme and to register, please hop over to our website at http://www.kmuk2010.co.uk/programme.html.


Every cloud has a silver lining

The volcanic cloud of ash caused widespread disruption for many international travellers but there was one upside for the participants of KMUK 2010.

One of the conference chairs, Victoria Ward, was delayed in the US for a few extra days, which led her to be able to film a short video interview with KM expert Madelyn Blair.

This video interview will be shown at KMUK2010 on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th June, additional to the talks listed on the programme.

To attend the conference at the earlybird rate of £625.50, please don’t forget to book your place by Friday 30th April.

We’ve changed our name!

…and we’ve changed a whole lot more than that.

We’re delighted to announce the agenda for the all-new KMUK 2010 event, which takes place on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th June at De Vere Canary Wharf in London.

There is no doubt that the increasingly widespread use and availability of social media technology has been responsible for a renewed interest in knowledge sharing of late and a resurgence in the KM discipline as a whole.

Building on the reputation of KCUK as the place for knowledge and information practitioners to meet each year, we’ve listened to your feedback and researched new trends in social media as well as advanced KM thinking and practice to bring you KMUK2010. KMUK 2010 is a place for you to connect, listen, learn, contribute, share, exchange, discuss, thrash out ideas and be challenged, so that you return to the office full of ideas for improving the way you share and manage knowledge at an organisational, team and personal level.

Here’s the full agenda: www.kmuk2010.co.uk 

And here’s what is new:

  • KMUK 2010 Awards ceremony – celebrating success in KM
  • Business-focused practitioner case-studies from both blue chip and government organisations
  • Virtual social media workshop – with video, blogging, tweeting etc
  • Interactive format with maximum group and floor discussion
  • KM gurus speak alongside leading thinkers in social media
  • Networking skills session – to help you make social and business connections at the event
  • Ice-breaker and networking exercises as part of the programme
  • Harnessing web 2.0 skills for off-line collaboration  – what do you do when there isn’t any social media?
  • Personal knowledge management skills
  • Crowdsourcing as a KM/business tool 

Whisperings on the grapevine: a KM Unconference?

We’re back, sorry for the silence but we’ve been thinking….and something very exciting has come of this.

We’re thinking of running our first Unconference.

Yes that’s right, we’re scrapping the powerpoint, engaging the brain (yours mostly) and gathering you together to talk!

Our thoughts are as follows: It will not be a conference, it will be a one-day participative event where you will be a participant not an attendee. You will be key to the content on the day, key to determining what you take away and key to making sure we all benefit from the wisdom of the crowd.

Not for the faint-hearted, participants should come armed with stories and contributions and be prepared to be a part of a proactive day of collaborative business learning facilitated by David Gurteen.

But what will separate this day from any other interactive debate or focus group? That’s simple, the facilitators and you!

As a teaser, we will be featuring social knowledge management as a topic, and we’re currently researching other themes.

This is where you start to get involved: If there are any topics that you feel should be covered, please blog, get in touch with me directly at vsimbulan@ark-group.com or call me on 020 7566 5263. I look forward to hearing your comments, nominations, involvements.


Download Tony Quinlan’s presentation!

As promised, I’ve finally found a way for you to hear Tony Quinlan’s presentation for yourself.

Unfortunately, to get a good  quality audio, we’ve had to break it in to four parts. Part 1 can be found here and the other parts here, here and here!

Depending on your server this might take some time to load but you will be able to right click the links and click ‘save target as…’ and then save the files to your machine.


Part 1:

Part 2: 

Part 3:

Part 4: 

Coming soon … Nick Davies presentation on training!

Social networking a-go-go!

Thank you to all of you who gave feedback on the event, it proved very helpful in the meeting.

For those of you (perhaps unfortunate people) who follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that in recent weeks, I’ve been investigating social media applications.

I’ve been looking at how each one works and how people interact on there, the answer is quite differently on each site!

At the moment I’m getting my head around the ‘business purposes’ of LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook .

Considering its recent surge in popularity, it may be surprising to learn that approximately 60% of Twitter users drop out after one month. (This statistic is from Neilsen Wire and applies to US Tweeters. In comparison, the retention rate of Facebook and LinkedIn is approximately 70%.)

What are your thoughts?

(And just because I’ve learnt how to do it, I’ve added a little poll for you too! 🙂 )

Your thoughts and feedback are essential

Hello again!

I’m mid-way through writing another blog post on training and the enlightening session we had at #KCUK09 from Nick Davies.

In the meantime I just wanted to ask for your thoughts and feedback over the two days and what we should be looking to do in the future.

I’m due to have a KCUK debrief next week and would love to take your feedback with me. (For those of you who filled in feedback forms – unfortunately, these are currently being collated off site so I can’t take these with me.)

If you don’t want to post it here, send me a message either at kchin@ark-group.com or DM me on Twitter or Facebook.

Have a great weekend,