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From: main@SIKM.groups.io <main@SIKM.groups.io> On Behalf Of Kevin Wheatly
Sent: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 10:12 AM
Subject: Re: [SIKM] List of Knowledge Management Topics #definition #KM101
Completely agree Patrick. Lists are really the building blocks or ingredients, if you will, towards making greater sense of what can be achieved in a variety of contexts and situations.
Kevin Wheatly | Advanced Manufacturing & Mobility Knowledge Management Lead | Global Markets - EY Knowledge
Ernst & Young LLP
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Both Tim and Kevin displayed a very human urge to organise when faced with a collection in list format.
Collection into lists is an incredibly generative act (which is why the work Stan does is so influential). Generative because it stimulates self and others to organise. It is no coincidence that the explosion of scientific knowledge in Europe in the late 17th and early 18th century was accompanied by the growth of the encyclopedia as a literary form. And different people will organise differently based on their perspectives and needs. Each form of organisation gives us the opportunity to learn something new, because the organising principle reveals something different about the things being organised. It is no coincidence that the explosion of scientific knowledge in Europe in the late 17th and early 18th century was accompanied by the growth of the encyclopedia as a literary form.
For example, Linnaeus organised biological organisms by physical (sexual) characteristics. That taught us about reproduction and directed our attention to the distinguishing characteristics of species. Buffon organised by context and habitat and that taught us about ecosystems and interactions/interdependencies between species. Cancers were traditionally organised by parts of the body and that directed treatments towards affected parts. Now, DNA sequencing permits new classifications of cancer that target treatments by their biological characteristics, no matter where they show up.
There are two points here:
1. The same lists can be organised in different ways, and different organising schemes can be productive in different ways.
2. None of this can happen without the Stans of this world. List makers rule!
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