Re: SUMMARY & NEXT STEPS: Are there gender differences in posting behavior in this community? #gender #peer-assist

Katrina Pugh

Dear SIKM Leaders Community

Thank you so much for all of your insights on gender and diversity, your Focus Group input, your survey responses, your willingness to volunteer, and your help with drafting of the Blueprint and mini-project plans. I think that Stan joins me in remarking that this enthusiasm for SIKM Leaders is palpable. It portends many more years of exciting knowledge-sharing, problem solving, thought-leadership! 
Thank you, Stan Garfield, for getting this going, and for advising us through the process. Special thanks to my co-leaders, Nancy Dixon, Susan Ostreicher, Ivan Butina and Aprill Allen, who toiled tirelessly on the Blueprint and mini projects. 
And, thanks especially to the rest of the Focus Groups, who joined us from three continents 5 time zones and many different industries and disciplines:


  • Catherine Shinners
  • Cayly Dixon
  • Dee Anne Gavelick
  • Howie Cohen
  • Karla Phlypo
  • Katrina Pugh
  • Liz Fite
  • Madelyn Blair
  • Nancy White
  • Rob Bogue
  • Tom Barfield 
  • Tom Short


Please see this folder "Blueprint for SIKM Leaders"  This contains:
1. The SIKM Leaders Blueprint. This describes the norms of group, as well as guidelines and investments you recommended in the November online discussion, focus groups, and survey. 
2. Annex with mini-projects: At the end of the Blueprint is an "Annex" containing near term projects. We synthesized your inputs into a simple model of rotating "Community Managers/Champions," who, in turn, will lead SIKM collaborations. For now, you suggested these collaborations be peer assists/live discussions on interesting topics, searchable member profiles, and tool optimization.  (We'll likely add Annexes over time.) To get to the Annex, jump down to the orange section.  You'll see:
  • First group of Community Managers/Champions (we had about 20 additional volunteers who will rotate in)
  • A ranking of KM discussion topics you recommended under live sessions/peer assist. 
  • Peer assist/live session volunteers. 
3. Demographics from the 50+/- respondents of the March survey. You will notice some striking stats on who responded: Largest group was the veterans, and folks from the United States. You expressed you hoped to broaden the diversity and inclusiveness of SIKM, and we hope that the Blueprint and mini-projects will help. 
1. There were about 30 people who volunteered to be community managers/champions. The first group will kick-off, led by Ivan and Aprill, on * May 1 *. Please look for an email with details. 
2. In turn, Community Managers/champions will work with Susan and Nancy to plan peer assists, live sessions, and discussions about using more intensively. For those of you who signed up to help, look out for emails regarding planning. All events will be open to all, and will be announced as an SIKM leaders thread. 
Be safe and sane during this time of global pandemic. Please don't hesitate to reach out to Ivan Butina (ivan.butina@...) if you missed the survey and want to volunteer. 
Kate Pugh
SIKM Diversity project conveners: 
  • Stan Garfield
  • Aprill Allen
  • Nancy Dixon
  • Ivan Butina
  • Susan Ostreicher
  • Kate Pugh
Katrina Pugh
AlignConsulting | Collaboration AI and Strategy 
Columbia University | Info and Knowledge Strategy Master's Program Faculty
Mobile 617-967-3910

On Sat, Apr 11, 2020 at 9:33 PM Alina Pukhovskaya <alina.pukhovskaya@...> wrote:
Thank you Katrina for detailed update! 
I really appreciate the initiative and will check if I can be useful as volunteer too. Actually I did learn A LOT from the PDF summary that you sent out before. I am currently addressing this topic in a different community and trying to learn from both cases. 

On Wed, Apr 8, 2020 at 5:05 PM Katrina Pugh <katrinabpugh@...> wrote:
Hello, Alina and SIKM Leaders community
Thank you for asking about the SIKM gender/diversity initiative! 
We had a good response to the survey about the draft SIKM Blueprint. Next steps are to compile the ideas and topic suggestions, and to kick off a few projects with the volunteers who raised their hands. More detail to follow, but I can write that the potential projects (and initial volunteer organizers) are:
1. Community managers (Ivan Butina and Aprill Allen)
2. Live Discussions/Live Peer Assists (Nancy Dixon) 
(Many topics were crowd-sourced in the Survey.)
3. Using (Susan Ostreicher)
(Update/make searchable our SIKM profiles, find threads, create tags, do polls, etc.)
4. Revise and post the Blueprint with your input from the survey (Stan Garfield, Kate Pugh, Nancy Dixon, Susan Ostreicher)
I'm happy to say that over 50 volunteers raised their hands, with great topic ideas. These discussions/projects will not only expand our learning, but also push forward the knowledge management / knowledge integration discipline.  
Please email Nancy, Susan or me privately if you missed the survey and want to volunteer.  
This has taken longer due to the Corona Virus, and we apologize. Stay tuned for more information on the Blueprint and projects -- and thanks for your tremendous inputs!
Kate, Nancy, Susan 
Katrina Pugh
AlignConsulting | Collaboration AI and Strategy 
Columbia University | Info and Knowledge Strategy Master's Program Faculty

On Mon, Apr 6, 2020 at 6:16 PM Alina Pukhovskaya <alina.pukhovskaya@...> wrote:
I really enjoyed this discussion. I wonder if there is a follow up that I missed? Thank you! 
Alina Pukhovskaya 

On Wed 4 Dec 2019 at 19:12 Katrina Pugh <katrinabpugh@...> wrote:
Hello, SIKM Community
I hope you all had great a Thanksgiving in the US (and that the international community enjoyed not having to entertain a dozen people!)
I’m re-sending the summary and next steps that Nancy Dixon and I wrote from the gender and diversity discussion two weeks ago. Thank you, several of you, who have responded and volunteered. 
I’m sending my note again with the summary. Please would you let Nancy and me know if you would like to participate in a live, 1-hour Skype or Zoom with fellow SIKM’ers to evaluate the SIKM design/facilitation/operation ideas that people proposed? We’d like to have the meetings later in December at times suitable for different time zones.

Katrina Pugh
AlignConsulting | Collaboration, Analytics and Strategy
Columbia University | Information and Knowledge Strategy Master of Science Program
Mobile: 617-967-3910

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From: "Katrina Pugh via Groups.Io" <katrinabpugh@...>
Date: November 27, 2019 at 2:15:04 PM EST
Subject: [SIKM] SUMMARY & NEXT STEPS: Are there gender differences in posting behavior in this community?

Hello, SIKM Community 
Thank you for your courageous and insightful comments on your experience of gender and difference in our SIKM community. Nancy Dixon and I read every line in every post, parsed them, coded them, tallied common themes, and summarized this for us all to consider.(Please see attached.) (nancydixon@..., Katrinabpugh@...)
We summarized this with the goal of inquiring, not placing judgment. We may have missed some nuances or thoughts, so, please feel free to send us updates (emails in the attached).
Next steps will be two live one-hour discussions each including approximately six people, and representing a balance of genders, regions, experience levels and job types. If you would like to be a part of these discussions, please let Kate Pugh and Nancy Dixon know (emails in the attached), and if there is space available, we will contact you.. 

We hope to conduct those discussions over the next month, and bring back concrete recommendations. We will also conduct a survey of the full community to assess those recommendations. 
Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!
Kate and Nancy
Katrina Pugh
AlignConsulting | Collaboration AI and Strategy 
Columbia University | Info and Knowledge Strategy Master's Program Faculty
Mobile 617-967-3910



Best regards,
Alina Pukhovskaya








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