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The Melbourne Knowledge Management Leadership Forum (KMLF) is a knowledge, education and networking forum, run by Volunteer KM practitioners for KM practitioners.

Meetings are usually held on the 4th Wednesday of each month in the central business district in Melbourne, Australia. During COVID restrictions, Zoom video events are being hosted online. Membership is free, and attendance at meetings usually requires a small donation to cover drinks and nibbles.

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At KMLF meetings, members can participate in addressing and discussing issues regarding knowledge management and related topics. The aim of this participation is to set the foundation for a casual network of interested practitioners and scholars to discuss knowledge management and its impact on both business and government organisations.

The regular attendance at forum meetings is between 20-40 people. These represent executives and knowledge management practitioners from government and a range of corporations and SMEs. Academia, consultancies and vendors are also represented. Industries represented include legal, defence, manufacturing, C&IT and banking & finance. Our committee includes senior consultants, managers and executives from government and commercial enterprises and KM practitioners.

Meetings usually start at around 6 pm. The formal session usually wraps up by 7:30 pm, with networking and refreshments afterwards. After that, anyone interested can then adjourn for further discussions over dinner at a restaurant nearby.

Best regards,

The Organising Team

Upcoming events (5)

The Door to Knowledge: Opening up with Humility

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We live in an entangled world where the social nature of people and knowledge flows through a wave-rich ocean of change. Within this Knowledge cannot be contained; even when it is bounded in a product, it is not long before something new and different emerges. Just as a sailboat in the wind, opening to, engaging, and becoming one with the energies surrounding us provides a richness, a depth, that cannot occur in isolation.

In the expansion of our mental capabilities, we seem to have forgotten the nobler parts of humanism, individually and collectively seeking the potential value and goodness of humanity through rational thought. Accelerated mental development was demanded for survival in an ever-changing, uncertain and complex world. And ego—and arrogance—burst through in a highly competitive, live-or-die market, with decision-makers and organizations tightly grasping and secreting their new ideas in an attempt to be first to market and hold onto any competitive advantage presenting itself.

Humility is a human choice. To successfully co-evolve, we first must have an accurate view of ourselves, not too high or too low, which is the individual focus of humility. And acting at the interpersonal level requires moving beyond a self-focus to an “other” orientation, which is the interpersonal focus of humility. This would include development of empathy, knowing the needs and wants of others and taking those into consideration in our decisions and actions. Each of us walks a unique path in what we call life; hence, there is always something to learn from each other. Let us explore this further with humility. In this presentation followed by a dialogue, all thoughts are welcome.

Outcomes:
• Deeper understanding of the value of humility.
• Ability to apply the human learning tool of humility.
• Including examples of professional humility providing value through better knowledge management.

Our Speaker:
Dr. Alex Bennet is Professor, Knowledge and Innovation Management, at Bangkok University and Co-Founder/Director of the Mountain Quest Institute. Located in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, the Institute is focused on achieving growth and understanding through quests for knowledge, consciousness and meaning. Alex, recipient of the Distinguished Public Service Award, is the former Chief Knowledge Officer and Deputy Chief Information Officer for Enterprise Integration of the U.S. Department of the Navy, simultaneously serving as internal KM consultant for the U.S. government. She has authored hundreds of papers and co-authored thirteen books with her partner Dr. David Bennet, including a new theory of the firm based on the Intelligent Complex Adaptive System model for organizations. More recently, the Bennets spearheaded development of the Intelligent Social Change Journey (ISCJ) model, supported by a five-book series entitled The Profundity and Bifurcation of Change. The ISCJ is a developmental journey of the body, mind and heart, moving from the heaviness of cause-and-effect linear extrapolations, to the fluidity of co-evolving with our environment, to the lightness of breathing our thought and feelings into reality. In further support of this journey, 22 Conscious Look Books—conversational books for the graduate of life experience—are available in the Possibilities that are YOU! series. Alex believes in the multidimensionality and interconnectedness of humanity as we move out of infancy into full consciousness. Alex may be reached at [masked].

Agenda:
10:00am - 10:30am networking over drinks and nibbles
10:30am - 11:30am exploration of the topic
11:30am - 12:00pm wrap up and informal conversations

People. Expertise. Wisdom, and Organisation Design.

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Details to be provided closer to the event. Please check here - including confirmed location - before attending.

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Description:
(One paragraph describing the session topic with a bit of background.)

This session will be conducted as a facilitated conversation, where the speaker will start the conversation then will pose and answer questions to and from the audience.

- Relevance in specific projects?
- How did this in practice?
- How does this relate to KM? To culture change? To strategy?
- How have others survived their journeys?

Outcomes:
Participating in this event will enable you to:
- xxx
- xxx

Our Speaker:
Brief bio.
Contact details as preferred.

Agenda:
6:00 - 6:30 networking over drinks and nibbles
6:30 - 7:45 exploration of the topic
7:45 - 8:00 wrap up and informal conversations
8:00 Dinner for interested parties

Insights for Australian KM from knowledge initiatives in Africa and Europe.

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Seza Iskenderian lives in Melbourne and is doing some knowledge strategy development for an education provider. She has earlier experiences with the UN in Africa across several knowledge initiatives and has does knowledge related work in USA and Europe. She is also liaising with a not-for-profit organisation in Austria on knowledge management education. Seza will share some insights from these experiences to stimulate conversations about how some may be formed into collaborative initiatives in Australia, or connecting people in Australia to be part of wider intitiatives.

This session will be conducted on Zoom as a facilitated conversation, where the speaker will start the conversation then will pose and answer questions to and from the audience.

Agenda:
6:00 - 6:30 networking over drinks and nibbles
6:30 - 7:45 exploration of the topic
7:45 - 8:00 wrap up and informal conversations

Increasing diversity in KM: stories from a global community of practice

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Description
Knowledge Management for Development (KM4Dev) is a community of practice with 5000+ members based in development organizations and educational institutions over the whole world. Recently, we have been developing an action plan to ‘decolonise’ knowledge with knowledge cafes in different time zones. At the same time, the community has been a young leaders programme, supporting and mentoring young KM practitioners.

Outcomes
Greater understanding of the ‘decolonization’ project from the KM perspective.
Reminder of the importance of mentoring younger colleagues.

Our Speakers
Sarah Cummings, PhD, is a researcher focusing on the private sector and knowledge in international development at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands. Her research falls into the fields of development studies, knowledge management for development and transdisciplinary research. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Knowledge Management for Development Journal.

Gladys Kemboi based in Nairobi, Kenya, is a seasoned knowledge manager and international knowledge broker with solid working experience in the international development sector, leading Law firms and academia and the East African region. She has won multiple awards: Most Influential Knowledge Management Ambassador in Kenya (2000) and Mama Africa Knowledge Management Guru.

Agenda:
6:00 - 6:30 networking over drinks and nibbles
6:30 - 7:45 exploration of the topic
7:45 - 8:00 wrap up and informal conversations
8:00 Dinner for interested parties

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