School of Athens

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"Communication" is often lost in a "to do" list

The word "communication" seems an unusual thread for an entire 2-day symposium addressing the latest research and methods for a combined knowledge and project management initiative. I'm never sure whether it's because of my experience in mass communication, my belief that knowledge management is really communication management, or just because I love to communicate with others... that I am hypersensitive to when someone "throws out" the word "communication" in their presentation.

Do you know what you know?

Is a little known bit of information significant? Could it be a clue that solves the big picture? And how do we know what we know? Can we share knowledge if we can't recognize it... if we think it's just too insignificant?

The Art of Questioning

To truly "communicate", there must be shared meaning... And sometimes that means clarification... And to get there, one often needs to ask questions.

Checking in with our philosophers from the School of Athens, today I turn to Socrates, whose pupils included Artistotle and Plato. According to changing minds.org, "Socrates was one of the greatest educators who taught by asking questions and thus drawing out (as 'ex duco', meaning to 'lead out', which is the root of 'education') answers from his pupils."

The School of Athens is HUGE! Do you think that "big?"

The everyday, little revelations we have are usually the genesis of some of our most profound philosophies. Did the great thinkers come up with their theories this way?

I had one of those aha moments today, thanks to one of my friends and a lunch conversation we shared. While driving (when I do ALL my best thinking) this morning, I wondered how we decide which car to buy, where to live, and why we do what we do for a living.

From one school of thought to another...

Imagine Plato and Aristotle on the steps of the Athens Knowledge Café. They invite Socrates and Euclid to join them inside for a mocha chino and a little bit of knowledge sharing. From the School of Athens to the School of Knowledge Management... just how has the knowledge of ancient philosophers and scientists come to rest in our hands? Through communication!

This, then, is the goal of this blog: to define and discuss how we can best utilize "communication" to share our thoughts, ideas, methods, emotions, and information from one to another.