MSLOC430 Bloggers 01/28/2014

The following are three posts from students in my MSLOC 430 course. I’ve clipped the first paragraph or two; click on the links to read the full posts.

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    • This quarter, I’m taking a class on knowledge management.  As part of the class work, I’ll be sharing some thoughts on this blog (rather than start a new one).  In line with my interests I’ll be discussing this in the context of nonprofits; and in line with the spirit of this blog I will try to keep the ideas simple (or at least, simpler!).

      In our organizations (and lives), we encounter a great deal of knowledge.  It comes in many forms, and there are different ways to look at it.  Take the following story, which was first told by my friend Whit (and adapted with his permission):

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    • I have a picture framing the famous Margaret Mead quote “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world . . . Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has” hanging in my apartment. This quote serves as a constant reminder of the influence each individual holds in shaping their environments. When we think of how movements have historically evolved over time, the enormous amount of energy dedicated to creating results is all too clear. Martin Luther King, being an obvious (and relevant) example, faced an undertaking that ultimately cost him his life. The process of collaboration and influence in our society can be extremely daunting as one contemplates the countless hierarchies, rules, resource planning, emotional energy and other implications that make action so difficult.  However, the first and foremost problem in inspiring action is finding the support, the first follower, the human support base, to even attempt to do so…
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    • We’ve all been the newb many times—at school, at work or in any other group of people that existed before we joined it. Evidently, in the gaming community, “unlike a noob, a newb is someone who actually wants to get better” (thank you, Urban Dictionary, for the continued edification on matters of such great import). So let’s assume, for now, that at least a better half of us entering each new role has good intentions to learn and contribute to each group, team or organization we join…

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