13:51 11/06/2004 Mathemagenic: Stellingen
on personal productivity in knowledge-intensive environments, weblog research, knowledge management, PhD, serendipity and lack of work-life balance...



Stellingen are propositions that go with a PhD thesis according to the Dutch academic traditions. Those propositions are not a summary of a dissertation, but (I think :) rather a set of statements characterising a PhD-to-be and his or her values/thinking/reflections in relation to the work done.

Of course, it's a bit early for my own PhD (still 2 years to go), but I feel like starting to work on my own stellingen.

At this moment it's not about personal KM at all, it's about my relation with my PhD research...

13-16 December 2004


1. The blank page gives us the right to dream. Gaston Bachelard

2. It's possible to see blogs as a bunch of discrete publications that order random posts in reverse chronological order, but you get away from that pretty quickly when you get into the space and see what people are actually doing with their weblogs. Jon Lebkowsky

3. ...blogging is like a loving sexual relationship - you just do not realize how rich and rewarding it is until you have experienced it :) David Gurteen

4. The third word is reflexive. Metaphorically it means to be able to carry a mirror that would make the bearer aware of the world behind him/her, the cultural and cognitive topography of one's location, which on the one hand helps one to say what she/he want to say but simultaneously limits what can be said. It also means that one is always interrogating his/her own project. This interrogation of what one has written and is in the process of writing doesn't have to be outside the writing. The writing, the text, has to make the reader conscious of this reflexive, the sideways, glance by foregrounding it. Preference, then, should be for writing that reflects the anxiety, the tension and the unsettledness of writing. Benton et. al

5. [...] what we most want is work that conveys genuine belief. But belief in what? Not in the validity of a theory or the judiciousness of a political view, though that might be what gets the author out of bed in the morning. More fundamental than either is a belief in writing's power: belief in the story within the manuscript, in the existence of an interested audience, in the author's ability to reach those readers. William Germano

6. The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think. Edwin Schlossberg

7. One does not make a difference unless it is a difference in the lives of people. Joseph Schumpeter

8. ...the highest function of leadership is releasing the energy of the people in the system and managing the process for giving that energy direction toward mutually beneficial goals. Malcolm Knowles

9. Where the bottom-up and top-down meet -- middlespace -- is the realm of policy, metrics, incentives, cooperation and sharing control. Ross Mayfield

10. Most of things we need in knowledge economy - knowledge, trust, conversations - take time.

May be we should redefine effectiveness then: instead of striving to do things faster, we need to take time doing things... Be slower and pay attention... Let knowledge, trust, conversations grow... me


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