This idea is intriguing from a number of perspectives. I suspect that
APQC sees this as a way to gain access to a rich body of content and perhaps
some profile by linking to a world-class body of KM expertise. On the
other hand, SIKM might be able to benefit from not worying about day-to-day
logistics and it might gain a high-profile platform for any products that it
chooses to produce.
First some caveats:
- Control of SIKM activities would have to remain with the group.
- Membership would have to remain the prerogative of SIKM, regardless
of APQC affiliation.
- Intellectual property should remain with SIKM.
- Access should be at the discretion of SIKM (again, regardless of APQC
I see none of these limitations as onerous or deal-breaking.
Now the benefits for SIKM:
- Eliminating the cost and effort of running SIKM
- Providing a platform for disseminating products that we may wish to
product from time to time.
- Endorsement of SIKM's work. Any of us can distribute KM
material via the web, as I have. However that makes it just
personal opinion, as an authored document or peresentation.
If, however, the material were incorporated into a SIKM product and
distributed by APQC, it weould have notably more prestige.
- I may be reiterating Bill's views somewhat less eloquently, but who knows
- SIKM could end up as a case study for social networking