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KM4DEV 2010

The blog of the KM4DEV 2010 annual meeting has just been launched.

Follow the activities of the next gathering of KM4Devers in Cali, next May 2010.


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Session on microblogging

Luca explaining twitter at the boardLast week we had an introductory session about what micro-blogging is. Most of the attention was dedicated to twitter but there was also time to explain yammer and laconica.

Many different twitterers were in the room like @gaurisalokhe, @mongkolroek, @TheRoadTo and @mariagraziab, with also other friend connected.

Many questions came from the audience. The most representative of the doubts in the room was:  “twitter, like other tools, resembles in many aspects email, so why do we have to move away from email?”

Here are the points and the problems to bypass:

  • people are overloaded by communication flows, and
  • they do not immediately perceive implicit differences among tools.

Unless they have the chance to test these tools for some time, they won’t be able to familiarize with the differences and realize how their job could benefit. Testing needs willingness, time and desire and these issues are not always “available” in professionals. As a consequence, my feeling is that if we want people to modify their behavior, they must be in the position of  immediately identifying the benefits deriving from changing their habits. If we don’t look at the questions people have in mind everyday and we are just fascinated by technology, we loose the focus and our ideas risk to become sterile.

I think we have to go back to these “simple” questions and try to solve these very basic but fundamental problems if we really want to promote KM, innovation and communication in our job.


“We Have a Drinking Problem!”

We Have a Drinking Problem” it is the title of the campaign we launched today in the FAO Headquarters to put in evidence the high number of plastic bottles produced everyday and the need to reduce this volume pretty soon. An art installation has been mounted in the Atrium to give people the perception of the the volume of plastic we produce during a working week.

It must be clear to everyone that a response from us is needed and some behaviours have to change to decrease our impact on the environment. As first answers we can:

  • drink water using refillable cups, and
  • use the water fountains scattered around the buildings can help a lot.

A big thank to all the people who helped in the preparation and production of the installation. In particular, a special remark for my friend Architect Claudia Fano of BlueA Studio of Rome for the design of the bottles installation.

Have a look at the gallery on the installation.