A Wishlist for KM India 2010!

Knowledge Management: A Wishlist for KM India 2010!


by Madanmohan Rao      Oct 30, ‘09

Knowledge Management consultant and author


Email: madan @techsparks.com



Congrats to the organisers, sponsors and participants of the fourth annual KM India summit (www.KMindia.in)! Here is what we KM types can do for another terrific event in 2010 (DM/email me with your comments too!):


1. Have more panel discussions (without PPTs) on the following topics:

 - Lessons learned, by those who have been practising KM for 10 years, 5 years, 1 year

 - Who should “own” KM in an organisation: quality, HR, IT, corp comm, marketing – or should it be a separate function?

 - How can practitioner-academic collaboration for KM in India be accelerated?

 - What cross-cultural challenges do Indian KM teams face as their companies globalise and bring in employees from other countries?

 - What are some cultural differences within India, which surface in KM initiatives (eg is the classic “north/south divide” relevant here at all?)

- How can industry organisations in India accelerate the knowledge and innovation movement? CII, NASSCOM, TiE, Proto.in, CSI, ICFAI, COAI, IAMAI, NKC

 - How does India compare to other Asian countries in terms of its KM ecosystem? (bring in speakers from Singapore, HongKong/China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Korea)

 - Social media infrastructure in India: what is the status of India’s blogosphere, Wikipedia, YouTube, Facebook, Orkut, Twitter participation? How is this affecting competitiveness and knowledge excellence in India overall?


2. Have debates on the following topics:

- Old “KM 1.0” tools should be scrapped in favour of new social computing tools

- KM will not succeed in an organisation without metrics and measures

- India will become a knowledge superpower in 2020


3. Invite speakers and participants from outside the private sector as well: NGOs, academics, government, public sector, UN organisations, development agencies/donors. Feature talks/panels from these sectors also.


4. Include special coffee/evening sessions on KM movements in individual cities, eg. Bangalore has a very active monthly K-Community gathering (www.Kcommunity.org). What are our experiences and success factors, and how can this model be replicated in other cities?


5. Add a poster session, and invite students to showcase posters on their papers/research (open to all participants, for that matter)


6. Keep a half hour open-space session where people can use flipcharts to list KM areas of their interest/passion and rope in interested partners (eg. KM tool testbeds, KM for social change)


7. Invite publishers to show/sell KM journals and books (that would make me very happy. . .        ;-)


8. Use Twitter to promote the event, give free WiFi at the event so we all can tweet, let tweeters from around the world follow us and join in the conversation! Organise tweetups over coffee/cocktails! (See my blogpost on Knowledge Sharing at Events: Twitter Tips http://km.techsparks.com/?p=42)



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