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Alice MacGillivray

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.

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?

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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