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I-KNOW: Gerhard Fischer

This is the last keynote by Gerhard Fischer from Center of long life learning and design

He speaks about “the end of the beginning” and changing paradigms. His papers could be found at http://www.cs.colorado.edu/~gerhard/papers.html

Gerhard distinguishes between communities of practice and communities of interest in a new (for me) way: in community of practice people share same practice and the it drifts towards a shared language (groupthink is a drawback), while communities of interest cross several communities of practice and bring them together based on the interest. The primary goal then is “integrating diversity” and making all voices heard.

I’m too tired for detailed notes, so just things that caught my attention:

  • gift culture – social statues is determined by your sharing (paper with more details)
  • media-competition – using the easiest media to communicate (instead of the one intended by designer)
  • informed participation
  • “remembering lessons from the past and archiving information is necessary, but not sufficient, because the information needs( specifically in design) of the future will not be the same as they were in the past”
  • Knowledge sharing: motivation of a group is different of motivation of an individual.
  • Challenges in KM systems research: testing not in experimental, but in real settings. (This is something I always say to my colleagues when we are discussing evaluation strategy for KM tools we work on 🙂

Archived version of this entry is available at http://blog.mathemagenic.com/2003/07/04.html#a661; comments are here.

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