Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Live KM blogging: When people speak...

How do we get people to contribute to communities of practice? You know, how do we encourage people to blog and share stuff, even stuff that might not be at 100%.

One barrier to getting people to contribute is that often they believe that what they write is cast in stone. "If I post a blog post, and I'm wrong, I'm screwed," they think. A conference attendee noted that at her government organization, when a person speaks, it "becomes the defacto truth."

Too bad. A fear like that would kill all sharing, all musing. It's directly related to a comment I made in a post over at AN UNOFFICIAL COAST GUARD BLOG, the post about flag officers feeling they can no longer think aloud.

Share. Comment. Move that knowledge.

And, if you're wrong, just admit it and move on. If the situation has changed, just come back and let people know.

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