In a recent article, Steve Barth makes the case for mastering ‘mundane’(PKM) tools and techniques before individuals can really contribute to community knowledge practices. Steve recalls that "we can each only perceive our networks from the perspective of our own nodes."
To my way of thinking there is something strange with practicing in a community of one. Here is why:
* Self-elicitation is an endless circle to nowhere
* Real key discoveries / connections / synergies mostly require triggers from outside ourselves
* Personal reflection is a poor substitute for testing & emergence in dialog
* Sense-making is tied to insightful questions, adjustment after feedback and learning from experience.
Getting into a personal huddle, organizing your thoughts and reflecting on the personal past can easily take you away from awareness of real flow and emergence - where it all happens. I'm saying you need to have social mediation (validation, testing, acceptance) before individual 'knowings' becomes knowledge. There are many people who experience very strong individual 'knowings', but society regards their 'knowledge' as ravings and places little value on any personal 'knowing' which is not socially mediated.
The key to knowledge work IMO is community, where you share, create, critique, validate new connections with others. Arranging reflecting and organizing your personal beliefs, perceptions and values without sharing is NOT KM as I see things.
For me, a PKM tool or exercise hardly makes sense as knowledge is emergent in practice and dialog, knowledge is social rather than personal, needs verification and is difficult to capture. At a personal level, practices may be many times more important that tools, e.g. reciprocity, sharing, listening, supporting and coaching others, being well-linked and connected, being in dialog & the flow, inviting critique, engaging in creative abrasion. – not things you can do alone on a desert island or in your individual cube!
Previous PKM thoughts.