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Dec 7th, Cognitive Edge: Making Sense of Complexity - a joint event with CMPros, SLA, KMCOP

Join STC Canada West Coast and related organizations* on December 7, 2006 when guest Michael Cheveldave (Castlegar’s NuOptiks Consulting) brings a lively presentation by Dave Snowden back** to Vancouver. Refreshments and ample socializing opportunity will be provided.

YWCA, 535 Hornby St, 4th Floor, Welch Room

5.45 - 8:30 PM - Video begins at 6:00 PM; break for food and discussion at 7:00 PM; followed by the conclusion of the video till 8:30 PM

Admission: $10, Register online

Event Description:
Information: marketing communicators spin it, technical writers document it, content management systems transport it, librarians categorize it, and knowledge management stream it - but how effective are our existing methods of communicating it? The knowledge-intensive, networked economy we work in, with its accelerated change and rapidly-changing workforce demographic, demands new approaches to strategic thinking and strategic communication.

Sense making, the human side of knowledge management, is the process of making sense of the world so we know how to act in it. Through sense making, we reveal how things are, how we perceive things, and how we know things, which collectively provide new insights for managing complexity. Drawing on both theoretical work and over seven years experience in the application of methods derived from cognitive science, social complexity, and anthropology, this presentation will attempt to introduce some new approaches for:

Effective knowledge transfer to offset impacts of an aging workforce

Social network analysis and stimulation for community building, knowledge sharing, and innovation

The role of narrative and storytelling for effective communication and measurement

These methods are being put into practice locally, and we hope to have representation from those companies at the event.

Dave Snowden is an acknowledged founder of ‘organic knowledge management’ and acclaimed expert on narrative patterns. Snowden is Director of the Cynefin Centre for Organizational Complexity based at the University of Wales, which focuses on the application of complexity theory to organizational issues. A native of Wales, he was formerly a Director of the Institute for Knowledge Management at IBM, where he led programs on complexity and narrative. To learn more about Dave Snowden’s philosophies and ideas, you can read the attached PDF or some of his blog posts at www.cognitive-edge.com.

We’re excited and delighted to bring a presentation of this high calibre to Vancouver.

* This is a joint event of CM Pros, STC, KMCOP, and SLA.

** This is a video recording of a KMCOP-sponsored presentation originally given by Dave Snowden in person, on Jan 31, 2006, in Vancouver.

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