Some field trips take longer to pull together than others. The CPsquare / SCOPE visit to and with KM4Dev has taken longer than most and feels like a much bigger deal than most. For one thing there has been a great deal of overlap between the two communities. KM4Dev is notable for being very productive and quite informal community in a global sector that is both complex and with its share of command-and-control style organizations. Also, it seems like this is an inflection point in the life of KM4Dev. It has grown from about 500 members at the beginning of 2008 to over 1500 today.
Because KM4Dev is big and a bit sprawling, because there has been an overlap between CPsquare and KM4Dev membership, and because this is an interesting inflection point for KM4Dev, this field trip will have both synchronous and asynchronous components. The asynchronous part will begin on April 20 where we look at several different facets of KM4Dev. We will collect pointers to historical events such as face-to-face meetings or notable transitions as well as tools that have been developed, platforms or tools that have been tried.
For example, recently (in the current “My Practice” session) Joitske Hulsebosch mentioned a blog posting by Nancy White describing the effort to “translate” from the D-group email list discussions to a wiki page: it’s a great idea but hard to do. We will try to collect such stories and examples more systematically. Another example is that at one of the KM4Dev face-to-face meetings, Josien Kapma and Beverly Trayner practiced and developed the craft of social reporting so as to benefit the KM4Dev community (and spread good practice) and develop their own learning as well. When I went to a KM4Dev meeting in Brussels a couple years ago, I observed a Bingo game as part of a community warm up (the video has an advertisement at the beginning):
I have to say I was pretty skeptical, but when I saw it translated into Spanish, being used at the KM4Dev meeting in Cali, I think I “got it.” So the question is, how can KM4Dev’s history of innovation and learning be kept alive and developed further? All successful communities face this kind of question sooner or later, and having a field trip like this is a great way to explore the question and come up with possible answers.
Although this event is different in scope and structure than our regular field trip visits, it will be open (and free), as in the past. If you are interested in spending some time on this project, write to john (dot) smith (at) learningalliances (dot) net for enrollment in the online, asynchronous discussions. We hope to have a good number of KM4Dev members participate in the conversation along with CPsquare members and (some) guests. Also, if you would like to participate in just the synchronous part of field trip (which will last for 90 minutes and will be held on 27 April 2011 at 15:00 GMT, come back here for details that will be posted the day before.
For this field trip we are intending to produce a more comprehensive and systematic summary of what we learn than what has been the norm in our previous trip reports. The final report will be published or linked from here and we have allocated some funds for an honorarium to the CPsquare member who undertakes writing the summary.