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August 31, 2003

Beyond chatting on the net to doing 

Here's an extract of conversation currently going on among Gaian Democracy networkers who I have previously referred to in this UK thread on what Knowledge Management*** can do.

Despite best communal intent, this discussion seems to lead back to the more abstract world of consciousness and spirituality with little in the way of the trials and tribulations of those of us who are actually trying to DO something on the 'material plane'.
These are universal problems of the internet. 1) They promote discussion not DOING. and 2) The discussions wander all over the world, particularly as new members join in.

'A Coalition for Self-Learning' solved this problem by 1)drafting a clear mission statement say that our goal was Doing Something. 2) It was " to create learning communities", 3) that any one could join, 4) that everything would be decided by consensus (any one member could "block" any proposed action, but 5) a "Core Group," (the 12 founding members) would act as a supreme court and could override and "block" by a 100% vote.

This works well.

*** This thread is part of an European Union sponsored experiment where every country's opinion leading KM people take communal responsibility to question what's contextually the hottest questions in management in their country (as well as helping guide foreigners to expert sources of inquiry). Your open invitation to play at inter-national knowledge correspondent
starts here.
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