My regular readers knows my saying: ‘Blogging Connecting People‘. This post is giving that a deeper meaning as we are talking about the Magic Moment when people are connected and create knowledge by sharing information in a dialogue. To make it short: The first time David Gurteen was referred to me, was in a work group – Knowledge Forum – at the Norwegian Computer Society (NCS). I was told he was into Digital Story telling and after I made my ‘Digital Story about my blog‘ and visit David’s blog to introduce myself in comments, we finally ‘met’ in blogsphere, more than a year ago. Then I was informed by NCS that David would come to Oslo, managing a Knowledge Café in May and I also got an invitation from him by mail. When I give lectures at The Norwegian School of Management, one of my subject is Knowledge Management, so of course I was curious about David’s techniques and signed on.

So last night I attend to David’s Knowledge Café in Oslo hosted by Ciber Norway. It was amazing to experience how a dialogue in a group of five, sharing their knowledge, experience and thoughts, can evolve knew awareness or knowledge about the theme or subject. Lets meet David (to the left) and the café’s participants summarizing our experience before I explain a bit more (I had my Nokia mobile phone at hand of course):


A K-café is designed to engage people with a subject or theme. One person starts with a short talk on a theme, maybe as little as ten minutes and then pose one or two open ended questions for the participants. Then you break them into groups to discuss the theme and questions and then reconvene as a large group to finish off with a large group discussion (see pic above). This ultimately, leads to action in the form of better decision making and innovation and thus tangible business outcomes. So The K-café is not debating but about gaining a better mutual understanding of a topic or issue. Let me share some more pics from our Café to illustrate the atmosphere:

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Left: David’s Introduction – Right: Groups of five.
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Left: Dave taking picture of me taking picture of him – Right: The large group discussion

The theme was corporate use of Social Communities on the Net and of course I was thrilled (my regular readers would recognise me as hyper :lol: ). To me it was interesting to observe how much you can learn from others by listening as well as sharing – in a discussion and not a debate!! I mean I’ve been to a lot of seminars and conferences where in the normal setting, you are exposed to the PowerPoint Syndrome in a lecturer way. In the Knowledge Café concept, you are participating instead of being a passive victim of others knowledge. I can tell you: you learn a lot more!

Then back to my ‘Blogging Connecting People‘: Since I saw at David’s schedule on his web site that he would be staying in Oslo until Sunday; I invited him for a round tour in Oslo on Saturday. I’m a Network Evangelist you know and I’m looking forward to give some of myself and Oslo to David tomorrow and then learn some more about him as well. So stay tuned, there might be a post or two about it.

Here is David’s picture from his stay in Oslo and our trip from today.


  1. that’s so nice I hope i live near your place so that I can attend that event. i need to improve my social skills as a matter of fact i think i don’t have it :D

    Happy mother’s day to your wife Renny and have a good day :)

    Well, why not try together with some friends! I find your social skills just fine as you’re such a great, regular visitor with nice comments :D
    Thanks, I’ll pass it to Diane and wish you the same :)

  2. This is stuff I know you eat up, Renny! :)

    You might say its kind of my ‘home base’, yea :)

  3. Knowing you , I bet you were such an active participant that evening..won’t be surprised if you are called upon to be co-ordinator one day?

    Enjoy your days as a tour guide!

    You might have a point there – David will be back in Norway in September, so who knows.
    We really enjoyed our trip around Oslo. Here is David’s pictures!

  4. oh i agree it makes it so much more profitable when there is some give and take going on. glad it was a great time for you.

    Your right Lime: Its a Givers Gain!

  5. What fun, what fun! Oh someday I will get over to Norway and then you and Diane will be my very own tour-guides!

    It was and you know we would love to see you and your husband and guide you around – your always – always – welcome!

  6. I hope you are going to talk more on what you learned on social networking – as well as telling us about your tour of course :-)

    I might Sue – give me some time – thanks for asking :-)

  7. Sorry it’s taken me so long to return to your blog! I’m always fascinated at what you’re up to! You are such a great networker and really know how to communicate with the electronic media.

    Great to see you back dear blog friend and thanks for the compliments!
    Well, to me its a wonderful way to meet and learn from others – like how would you and I met otherwise!

  8. Talking about networking, I quoted you in my last post! ;-)

    I really liked your ‘How to Blog‘ series – please keep up the good work and thanks for plugging me!

  9. discussion groups must be interesting. it’s always fun learning new things from other people. :)

  10. You are also finding great opportunities and engagements. And yes the photos are looking so much like North Vancouver and as we have been luckier in the past month with a lot more sunshine. We are almost nearing normal with over 150 hours in one month. It’s at least 60 more hours than previous months which can turn your mood around instantly!

  11. We have Science Cafés which sound very similar. It’s a great way of spreading knowledge and information.

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog recently, and for your kind comments, and especially thanks for noticing my reference to the life cycle :)

  12. That sounds like fun!
    While you were visiting my blog, I was finishing my report of the Beltane meeting. It is posted now. :)

  13. Sounds it was a great and productiv meeting! I am not used with but I would like to be a little fly and learn more about! The slideshow is beautiful. Since I visit you I begin to be familiar with Oslo and recognize now many places I red about by you! and really Oslo is a beautiful town!

  14. it is always nice to see the social activities of the real newtwork evangelist.Look at you guys presenting us how nice it is to interact with diff people.

    keep it up,Renny!!!

    and thanx always. :)

    happy moms day to Diane!!


  15. Sounds like an interesting meeting.

  16. Hi Renny – This sounds great! Brain storming in action…and I agree this is a better way to learn that just listening!
    Hey, I just wanted to assure you that you ARE on my list of MUST VISIT people…and hopefully that will be early fall??? Would that work for you? I have a couple of stops here in the USA up next, then back to England for a while, then I will begin my Grand Canadian Tour in the summer (July/August)…& I have a possible trip to Japan in October…is there a time that’s best for you?

  17. Wow. This is an interesting concept of social networking.

    I’m sure you would be a great host and I look forward to meeting you and Diane. :)

    Happy Mother’s Day to Diane! Did you cook for her?

  18. You participate in so very many of these exchanges…You are The Ambassadir of Peace, my dear Renny….! I love seeing all the pictures and then, that led me to The Oslo Opera House….What a BEAUTIFUL Building!

  19. Hello Sir,

    I have a tag for you! saying hi from japan!


  20. hello… great blogs here Sir.. .I admired this one…

    hope you could drop by too on my
    and make some comments too to improve my blogs.

    thanks…. :)

  21. This sounds really interesting — I wonder if it would fly in France? I find the French have not quite yet adopted the “open attitude” to knowledge.

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