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Alice MacGillivray
Attended Fielding Graduate University
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Alice MacGillivray

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Hello everyone. I'm not sure yet how active I will be, as a serious injury knocked me flat for a few weeks and priority-setting for catching up is daunting.

I probably fall into the KM camp, though I have worked in many facets of education--especially MA level with adult learners interested in the topics we're addressing here. I don't describe myself as an OD practitioner, but only because I work primarily with complex problems and many OD [and leadership] folks I meet come at their work with assumptions of best practice, cause and effect, and facilitator power.

I'm struggling a bit with the DNA metaphor. However, I do work a lot with metaphors from biology and ecology, and I like the fact that metaphor can be useful for learning both when the links are very strong, and when the metaphor seems to fall apart.

I'm based on Gabriola Island (an amazing place; wikipedia does it some justice) on the west coast of Canada.
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Great to see you here. Feel better soon. +Alice MacGillivray 
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Good to see familiar and new faces. I've been quiet lately because of an injury in early November, but will resurface. Good to see another space with good people who care about this critical and often undervalued work.
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What do others think of this durable paradox in knowledge management?

If we talk about needs, aspirations, goals, trends etc. in workplaces without using KM jargon, there is widespread recognition of the [growing] importance of this field. Yet it isn't--and perhaps never has been--a highly sought-after, thriving, "sexy" field. I expect we've all guessed at why, but I'm not sure we've explored this in much depth or developed good strategies for bridging this gap.

I used to work as a quiet but tenacious advocate, but ran out of advocacy-energy.  I find that much of my work eventually deals with fragments of larger systems, which really should be treated as larger systems. So I have adopted some flawed strategies for dealing with this paradox.

Do others relate to this challenge?
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I have adopted KM as a personal philosophy integrating all that I find necessary to promote continuous improvement and adaptation in a world of increasingly faster evolution and change: management of information systems, information governance, management of creativity, innovation and change, organizational analysis, organizational and individual learning, etc., in my mind they are all part of KM.

I have never felt an urge to advocate for KM because I tend to be passionate and that puts others off. Besides, I find it smoother to share the practice, little by little, and be rewarded with a widespread common understanding at the end, even if no KM jargon is employed.

I often experience the challenge of having to focus on a small part of the system when the system should be approached as a whole to obtain best results. In my case, I look at it as a whole and select (and apply) an scalable strategy. Then I keep track and steer the implementation on the subsystem to make sure the scalability remains factible.

Am I in the correct path with these ideas?
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My home base is on Gabriola Island on Canada's west coast. I have also lived in several Canadian locations including Ontario, Canmore Alberta, Vancouver, Denman Island and various Vancouver Island locations.

My professional interests include complexity thinking, leadership development (especially with distributed, shared, relational and networking leadership), and knowledge management (primarily the social and cultural elements of communities of practice, knowledge generation and sharing in organizations and effective use of social media).

I've worked for myself off and on, as well as with organizations including Royal Roads University and federal and provincial governments (often land use-related).

My personal interests include natural history, photography, Fjord horses and organic gardening.

Online, I engage with others through LinkedIn, twitter (4KM), CPsquare, and reluctantly on FB. Looking forward to connecting/learning.
  • Fielding Graduate University
    PhD: Human & Organizational Systems, 2005 - 2009
  • Fielding Graduate University
    MA: Human development
  • Royal Roads University
    MA: Leadership, 1998 - 2000
  • Fielding Graduate University
    Certificate in Dialogue, Deliberation & Public Engagement, 2008 - 2009
  • Athabasca University
    BGS: Interdisciplinary-biology, ecology, communication, 1997
Leadership Consulting: I work as an independent consultant helping organzations work through issues and take advantage of opportunities. Most of my work brings together elements of complexity, knowledge management and leadership. I also like to keep some time for research, writing and work with graduate students. Work is always interesting!
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