Gurteen Knowledge-Letter: Issue 138 - December 2011


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Gurteen Knowledge-Letter: Issue 138 - December 2011


  1 Introduction to the December 2011 Knowledge Letter
  2 Changing the world through our children in a generation
  3 How do you develop intrinsic motivation?
  4 Knowledge tweets: December 2011
  5 Major upcoming Knowledge Events: December 2011
  6 Subscribing and Unsubscribing
  7 The Gurteen Knowledge Letter

Introduction to the December 2011 Knowledge Letter    (top | next | prev)

Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.

Kiva lets you lend as little as $25 to people without access to traditional banking systems

Its simple:

  • You join Kiva.
  • With your credit card you make US$25 loans to people of your choosing.
  • They pay back the loans with no interest and you get regular updates.
  • There is 98.93% repayment rate. And over US$263 million has been loaned to date.
  • When you have been repaid you can loan the money again or withdraw it..

I have made 14 loans since I started in December 2007 and at Christmas I will add a little more money to the pot to enable me to make some more loans. Its not a lot but every liitle helps and its so easy and effective :-)

If you like the idea, why not make a loan yourself to someone this Christmas.

As usual at Christmas, the knowledge letter is short but I'll be back in full swing in 2012 :-)

Here's wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Changing the world through our children in a generation    (top | next | prev)

Kiran Bir Sethi shows how her groundbreaking Riverside School in India teaches kids life's most valuable lesson: "I can." Watch her students take local issues into their own hands, lead other young people, even educate their parents.

I've put this YouTube playlist together of several of Kiran's talks on my YouTube Channel.

I love this woman and what she is doing - watch some of the kids stories - I've got a feeling that if we could tap into the passion of all the world's children we could transform the world in a single generation!

And if you enjoy the videos and wish to learn more take a look at the Design for Change Movement she has created.

This is one of the most exciting, moving ideas I have across in a long time.

How do you develop intrinsic motivation?    (top | next | prev)

Those of you who know me, will be aware of my strong views about the role of rewards in KM and in business in general.

In the KM World Discussion Form (note: you need to be a member of the forum to read this) there is a short discussion on rewarding knowledge sharing.

In it, Mahesh Varavooru poses the question "How do you develop intrinsic motivation? Or is it a fact that it cannot be developed?".

This was my reply:

In his book Drive, Dan Pink states that there are 3 fundamental things that research has shown to motivate us:
  • Autonomy: the freedom to do what we want how we want
  • Mastery: the freedom to master a discipline, to become "the best"
  • Purpose: a higher purpose then earning money; doing something that we feel is worthwhile

So as a manager, possible ways to allow people's intrinsic motivation to emerge might include:
  • giving them more autonomy in how they do their work
  • giving them more time and opportunity to master their chosen field or profession
  • where possible allowing them to pursue or identify a purpose in their work other than just making money

I would also add that we should start with the assumption that all of us wish to do good work.

And so we should stop trying to do things to each other by rewarding each other with goodies or trying to manipulate each other in any other way.

We should treat each other with respect and work together for the common good.

It may seem idealistic but I suspect this is far more effective than trying to manipulate people.

Motivation is emergent. If you try to develop it in someone its not motivation - its manipulation.

Not everyone agrees - that's not surprising - but take a look at what Dan Pink has to say and the works of Alfie Kohn - it's food for thought :-)

Knowledge tweets: December 2011    (top | next | prev)

Here are some of my more interesting Tweets for November - December 2011. Take a look, if you are not a Tweeter, you will get a good idea of how I use it by browsing the list of micro-posts. And if you like what you see then subscribe to my Tweets.

Major upcoming Knowledge Events: December 2011    (top | next | prev)

This section highlights some of the major KM events taking place around the world in the coming months and ones in which I am actively involved. You will find a full list on my website where you can also subscribe to both regional e-mail alerts and RSS feeds which will keep you informed of new and upcoming events.

Beyond Enterprise 2.0
24 - 25 Jan 2012, Amsterdam, Netherlands

ICKM 2012 : International Conference on Knowledge Management
29 - 31 Jan 2012, Dubai, UAE

CII Knowledge Management Summit 2012
31 Jan - 01 Feb 2012, Bangalore, India

4th Iranian Knowledge Management Conference
14 - 15 Feb 2012, Tehran, Iran

5th Annual Global Learning Summit
22 Feb 2012, Singapore City, Singapore

Henley KM Forum 12th Annual Conference
29 Feb - 01 Mar 2012, Henley on Thames, United Kingdom

KM Middle East 2012
13 - 14 Mar 2012, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Online Information Asia-Pacific 2012
20 - 21 Mar 2012, Hong Kong, China

KM UK 2012
13 - 14 Jun 2012, London, United Kingdom

The 8th International Conference on Knowledge Management (ICKM 2012)
04 - 06 Sep 2012, Johannesburg, South Africa

Subscribing and Unsubscribing    (top | next | prev)

You may subscribe to this newsletter on my website. Or if you no longer wish to receive this newsletter or if you wish to modify your e-mail address or make other changes to your membership profile then please go to this page on my website.

The Gurteen Knowledge Letter    (top | next | prev)

The Gurteen Knowledge-Letter is a free monthly e-mail based KM newsletter for knowledge workers. Its purpose is to help you better manage your knowledge and to stimulate thought and interest in such subjects as Knowledge Management, Learning, Creativity and the effective use of Internet technology. Archive copies are held on-line where you can register to receive the newsletter.

It is sponsored by the Knowledge Management Forum of the Henley Business School, Oxfordshire, England.

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