Knowledge Management Influencers announced.

Most Influential in KM
I was pleasantly surprised yesterday when Keith de la Rue congratulated me on being recognised in the top 100 most influential people in #KM on Twitter.

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It was an even bigger honor when I checked it out, to not only find that I was 17th, but more importantly surrounded by an amazing list of names in the industry.   
I don't feel in any way worthy to be listed with them and I am aware that the Top 100 list looks at Twitter only, where I have focus much of my sharing efforts, thus leaving out quite a few very highly regarded people.

People like We Know More, Dave Snowden and David Gurteen go without saying and it was most exciting to see so many Australians up in the list.  John Tropea, Arthur Shelly, Keith De La Rue, Nerida Hart, Matt Moore, Cory Banks, James Robertson, Michelle Lamb, Stephen Collins and James Dellow are all there, as well as Michael Sampson and a few of our New Zealand friends.  Also on the list is David Griffith (@kmskunkworks) from the University of Edinburgh who I think has one of the most enjoyable blogs in KM at the moment.

The thing that really stands out to me as an indication of the health of KM is the diversity of views and areas of expertise in the list. To me, Knowledge Management has always been the shoe-lace that holds the rest of the business together as it runs the race and turns the corners that management demands of it.  It pulls Finance, Learning & Development, IT, HR, Corporate Strategy, Sales and Operations together via the Knowledge Lens and encourages collaboration and cooperation across time, distance and people.  It does this encompassing both the formal and social interactions that make up the communications frameworks of our organisations, something that IT and previous iterations of KM failed to do.

It is long since KM was about technology & databases and while these things still play a part, a glance at this list shows that KM is really about people and they way they interact 1) with each other 2) with the resilience and goals of the organisation and 3) with the environment they coexist in.

But most of all, KM for me is about sharing. In this world of information overload and growing understanding of complexity, it is the way we learn to collaborate across teams, organisations and disciplines that is going to help us adapt to the needs of the future.  Today, a piece of information about a certain solution can help my business faster than a 4 year degree's worth of knowledge and I get those nuggets through my network of KM practitioners and professionals. They share with me, because I share my useful ideas and findings with them, for free, and often in response to them posting a problem or issue they are trying to overcome.  I guess that is what this list is identifying.  I hope, whatever your job title is, that you consider joining us.  Build a network of people in and around your life. Look for diversity in culture, trade, race, political opinion and expertise, then start helping people and you will see results. What you sow, you shall reap.

Thank you to Mindtouch for the recognition of the these fantastic people.

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Stephen Dale said…
Great post, and agree with just about everything you've said!

From a lowly but proud KM'er - number 25 on the list :-)