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May 30, 2006

actKM Monthly Meeting 6 June

The next actKM monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday 6 June in the Menzies Room of the National Archives of Australia building (East Block), Parkes from 5.30 until 7pm. Dave Carr, the Technical Capacity Manager for Greening Australia will talk about 'Exchange - The National Vegetation Knowledge Service'. Vegetation practitioners are now being connected to current research and relevant researchers through this service
Launched by Greening Australia in 2003, this innovative service provides a mechanism for delivering answers to regional vegetation management questions through the exchange and distribution of information between researchers, practitioners, states and regions.
Exchange also conducts an incentive fund for activities and events that promote the transfer of knowledge and information from on-ground projects, as well as incorporating the latest scientific knowledge back into community activities. Already Exchange has supported:
An in the water forum/field day in Tasmania to consider practical aspects of land and water management actions that effect riparian and in-stream characteristics of rivers for a broad audience
A local government forum in Gippsland
A bus tour of the oil mallee industry in WA to allow farmers, mallee growers and members of the Oil Mallee Association to come together to assess the progress of the pilot wood processing facility and discuss with industry and researchers the future and direction of this newly emerging industry
As with all actKM monthly meetings, attendance is free and open to all comers. A donation of $5 is sought from those wishing to partake of the drinks and nibbles provided.

May 10, 2006

There but for the grace of God...

As part Information Awareness Month, actKM is sponsoring an event on 31 May examining some of the implications of the Palmer, Comrie and NAA Reports for our own organisations. The details are shown below:

Topic: There but for the grace of god ... RM, IM and KM lessons from the Palmer, Comrie and NAA reports
Date: 31 May 2006
Time 2 to 5.30 pm
Place: National Library 4th floor conference room
Afternoon tea sponsored by AGLIN.
RSVP to Mark Schenk actKM Convenor, mark@anecdote.com.au or mobile 0412429 852

Presented as a joint activity - actKM, RMAA, ASA, IIM, ALIA, APSKM, AGLIN
It's not hard to see some (probably many) of the issues covered in the Palmer, Comrie and NAA reports in our own organisations. Anyone who is interested in discussing the implications of these reports and the lessons we can take back to our own organisations is invited to attend this event.
The event will be run using a technique called Open Space Technology. Open Space is widely used where the desired outcomes include not only information transfer, but also building relationships, empowering participants and producing coordinated, documented and action-oriented outcomes. For participants, the only requirements for attending an Open Space event are:
Before the event, think about the issues and/or implications arising from the various reports, and identify issues they are passionate about or concerned with, bring an open mind and be prepared to be surprised and have fun.