Friday, April 11, 2008

Launch of a new KM community - APQC's KMEdge

Yesterday I had the privilege of participating in conference call and pre-launch look at APQC's new web site http://kmedge.org/, which will be officially launched at the upcoming APQC KM conference. More than just brochure-ware or an exercise in self promotion, APQC is attempting to bring together a community of people interested in knowledge management from a full range of client and practitioner perspectives. Yesterday's conference call, which was also an opportunity for interested parties to suggest and influence features and functionality, was certainly a good step - people support what they help create.

I also like what I perceive to be APQC's "let's try it and see what happens, and learn from it" approach. This initiative has the potential to be very interesting to participate in and watch unfold. APQC has built many solid relationships with client organizations and thought leaders who could contribute actively to the community. And, with their wealth of documented information and expertise about KM, they are in a great position to seed the community with thought and conversation provoking ideas.

I find a certain admirable degree of courage in an organization who, after researching, analyzing, informing and promoting communities and their expertise in this area, are taking the initiative to launch and "garden" such a highly visible one. No pressure there!

Bravo and I wish the APQC team much success.

1 comment:

Carla O'Dell said...

Dale,
I appreciate your thoughtful encouragement on our experiment called KM Edge--a place for the KM community to share and dialogue about all things KM. Our soft launch at the Conference will allow us to recruit about 300 folks to get involved. But it always comes down to a core group of committed and passionate individuals to bring life to this kind of venture. We are pleased that you are one of them. Let's recruit some more to take active roles in making the community an exciting place to be.