An Open Community of Dialogue
About the Interrelationships of
Knowledge, Values, Valuing, Value and Valuation

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 (e-dialogue).

Charles M. Savage

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