This Web site holds the proceedings from a
recent conference of strategic thinkers which took
place at the CIBC Leadership Centre in Toronto.
Welcome to our community of dialogue, reflection
and action research!
We have initiated this journey at a "Knowledge
Discoveryshop" at the CIBC Leadership Centre
in King City (Toronto), Canada where 38 of us met
from May 3-5, 1996.
We opened by looking at the shift from the Industrial
Era to the Knowledge Era. Hubert St. Onge led us
through the dimensions of Intellectual or Knowledge
Capital and Brian Hall related the interplay between
knowledge and values. We explored the
interrelationships of tacit and explicit knowledge,
and we reviewed work-in-process at Dow, CIBC,
Monsanto, S.A. Armstrong, Arthur Andersen and other
companies. We looked at exciting supporting
technologies, Brett Knowle's Panoramic Business
Views, Rob Beckman's Netmap, and Ed
Smits introduced the Internet's World Wide Web.
We were only able to capture a small portion of our
time together, but would like to make this a center
of e-dialogue, where we can continue to share our
ideas and experiences.
We welcome others joining us. Please share your
comments, questions, concerns and visions.
As Hubert has so insightfully pointed out, the
Knowledge Era is based on an economy of abundance (of
ideas, possibilities, insights, etc.), whereas the
Agricultural and Industrial Eras were based on the
economy of scarcity (limited resources). We now need
to realize we live in a "both/and" world of
scarcity and abundance. In the Industrial Era we
focused on "making cents," while in the
Knowledge Era we are working on "making
sense" of it all.
Please join us.
We would like to collaborate with other
communities working on "knowledge" and
"knowledge management." Our focus is on
interrelating knowledge and values. We are
discovering that there is a dynamic interrelationship
between values, valuing, value and valuation. As
individual and organizational values are made
explicit, people learn to trust and share more
openly, they also learn the power of active valuing
(of other individuals and organizations). This likely
increases the value of an organizations products and
services and increase the recognized valuation. In
other words, knowledge is dynamic and its worth is
influenced by our values and ability to value. This
may be in share contrast to the Industrial Era which
nurtured a culture of devaluing and distrust. These
are tentative thoughts. We are just at the beginning
of understanding the significance of the Knowledge
Era. Do join us in this electronic dialogue
Charles M. Savage email@example.com
A list of
Post-conference Letter From Charles Savage
10 Conference Call (transcript)
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