Leveraging Knowledge in Oxfam America’s Humanitarian Response Efforts

Thursday, April 17, 4 - 6 p.m., Bentley University, Morison Hall, Morison Boardroom #300, 175 Forest Street, Waltham, MA 02451. Campus Map.

SPEAKER: Silva Sedrakian, Advisor for Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Oxfam America

TOPIC: Major coordinating and learning initiatives in a non-governmental organization require deep knowledge and understanding of stakeholder requirements. From Silva Sedrakian we look forward learning more about how she approaches evaluating humanitarian intervention needs, and works to establish monitoring processes. Silva’s work with Oxfam and UNESCO will give our members an opportunity to interact with a professional working in the field and gain understanding of the role of a knowledge worker. Join us for this interview with Silva Sedrakian.

BIOGRAPHY: Silva Sedrakian is the Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Adviser for Oxfam America’s Humanitarian Response Department.  In this capacity, she is oversees the development and implementation of humanitarian Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning activities, including the development of monitoring tools, guidelines and processes for field staff.  She has also conducted real time evaluations, meta-reviews and impact assessments for Oxfam humanitarian interventions.

Silva leads Oxfam America’s initiative to develop policies and procedures to ensure humanitarian accountability standards are met throughout the organization. Silva has also designed and facilitated joint planning workshops as well as other multi-stakeholder planning and learning events bringing various stakeholders together to build common goals and visions; and has contributed to various other organizational learning and program frameworks.

Prior to Oxfam, she had worked for UNESCO and in the private sector where she performed educational and market research.

Silva has earned her Master’s in Business Administration and a master’s degree in International Commerce specializing in developing countries, with a focus on the Middle East.

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Exploring A Career in Knowledge Leadership; Interviewing Ray Sims Deloitte

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 4 - 6 p.m., Bentley University,  Smith Hall #321, 175 Forest Street, Waltham, MA 02451. Campus Map.

SPEAKER: Ray Sims, Knowledge Manager, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

TOPIC:  Our March guest has a long history of leadership in large corporations after transitioning from a career that began in mechanical engineering. We will hear from Ray Sims about how his role shifted through several positions and the influences on his work when companies where he was employed went through acquisitions and mergers. We will also ask Ray about what competencies a professional needs to move into a knowledge management position.

BIOGRAPHY: Ray is the global leader of Knowledge Services for the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) industry vertical at Deloitte. He has has worked full-time in knowledge management roles since 1999 — and within, or associated with, the TMT industry for over thirty years. Ray joined Deloitte in April 2008 following 10+ years at Cambridge Technology Partners (CTP) and later, Novell (via its acquisition of CTP), where he was the KM Program Director. He briefly worked as client-facing IT Consultant when first joining CTP. Prior to CTP, Ray worked 10+ years at IBM, where he held Product Design and Process Engineering roles before leaving to pursue his MBA at Cornell, where he focused on general management and Information Systems. Ray also holds a MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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February 20, 2014 Meeting Will Not Be Held due to Special Circumstances

Thursday, February 20, 2014, 4 - 6 p.m., Bentley University, Morison Hall, Morison Boardroom #300, 175 Forest Street, Waltham, MA 02451. Campus Map.

SPEAKER: N/A

TOPIC: Due to unforeseen circumstances we will not be holding our monthly Boston KM Forum meeting in February. We will resume with a guest speaker in March. Stay Tuned!

BIOGRAPHY: N/A

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J. Boye Starts Boston Intranet and Digital Strategy Groups

J. Boye Groups are exclusive, actively managed groups of experienced web and intranet professionals, who meet to discuss their progress, problems and concerns with the projects they are working on.

We will hold our next Boston Intranet group On Feb 11 from 9AM- 3 PM, location to be determined.  Margot Bloomstein, author of “Content Strategy at Work” will be our guest presenter.  Read more about the group here.

http://jboye.com/groups/group-list/intranet-group-boston/

We are initiating a Boston Digital Strategy group on Feb 12 from 9AM- 1:30 PM, location to be determined. Topics may include web governance,  information management strategy and mobile challenges. Read more about the group here.

http://jboye.com/groups/digital-strategy-boston/

J Boye groups are wonderful opportunities to network with your peers, share ideas and exchange knowledge.

If you are interested in attending either of these meetings, please contact Patricia Eagan at pe@jboye.com

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New England Archivists (NEA) Announcing registration for the Spring 2014 Conference

New England Archivists (NEA) is excited to announce that registration for the Spring 2014 Meeting is now open! Join us March 20-22, 2014 at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, New Hampshire for great programs, workshops, thought-provoking sessions, and a “Jeopardy” tournament. In this E-mail you will find pertinent information about registration, lodging, and what to look forward to at Spring 2014.

REGISTRATION DATES

Early-bird: now-February 17

Advance: February 18 - March 14; On-site: March 15-22

For detailed pricing information and to register online, click here. To be eligible for the NEA-Member Registration Rate, please make sure you’ve renewed your membership. Remember: you can always check your status and renew online.

If you have any questions about the registration process, contact Emily Tordo, NEA Registrar at etordo@andover.edu. Any questions about membership renewal, contact Kristine M. Sjostedt, Membership Secretary at Kristine.Sjostedt@umassmed.edu.

LODGING
Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside
250 Market Street
Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

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(603) 431-2300
http://www.sheratonportsmouth.com/

Room rate $125 available until February 24th (subject to availability.), using this code: New England Archivists 2014 QYND6W2WZTY (OR copy and paste the following link into a web browser):https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/StarGroupsWeb/res?id=1306242670&key=9E66C

MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
Spring 2014 will feature two plenary speakers: Vivek Bald and Ian MacKaye.

Ian MacKaye (Friday, March 21) is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer best known for being the frontman of influential punk bands like Minor Threat, Fugazi, and The Evens. Currently he is working to personally preserve recordings of all of Fugazi’s 1,000+ shows. He is also trying to preserve the cassette recordings of his grandmother who wrote a marriage counseling column for Ladies Home Journal. Read more about MacKaye’s audio-archiving work.

Vivek Bald (Saturday, March 22) is a scholar and filmmaker whose documentary, In Search of Bengali Harlem has spurred a related book and website. The website is part of Bald’s ongoing project to document the histories of two little-known groups of early South Asian migrants to the United States. Both were groups of Muslim men, predominantly from the region of Bengal, who entered the U.S. between the 1880s and the 1940s.

The sessions on Friday and Saturday cover a wide range of topics and formats such as a roundtable discussion on the Boston Bombing Digital Archives, working with students in archives, collaborating with non-archivists, and how best to provide access to moving image and sound archives.

The “Jeopardy” tournament on Friday will test your knowledge of the profession, repositories all over New England, and fun historical facts. Players will compete for bragging rights and cool prizes by answering questions from NEA’s own Alex Trebek, Gregor Trinkaus-Randall. Details on how to participate are coming soon.

View the full schedule to begin your own planning for Spring 2014.

If you have any questions regarding the NEA Spring 2014 Meeting, please contact Kelli Bogan, Spring 2014 Program Committee Chair, at kbogan@colby-sawyer.edu.

Look forward to seeing you in Portsmouth!

New England Archivists, Communications Committee

Invention: the Knowledge Inventiveness Connection

Thursday, January 16, 2014, 4 - 6 p.m., Bentley University, Morison Hall, Morison Boardroom #300, 175 Forest Street, Waltham, MA 02451. Campus Map.

SPEAKER: Moderated by Larry Chait, a Boston KM Forum Discussion

TOPIC: The November 27, 2013 issue of Time, The 25 Best Inventions of the Year 2013 inspires a lot of thinking about inventions and inventiveness. Especially telling is a call-out that shows a global belief bias that “inventiveness can be learned” with comments about the “power in a team” and importance of culture in a follow-on article by Jeffrey Kluger, The Spark of Invention. This is a fascinating look at how invention is perceived, spurred, and achieved across the world. It tells us what we know about invention vs what we believe about invention. As a lead-in to a discussion of the points laid out in the article, Larry Chait will do his (now) annual review of the best or most interesting observations from his trip to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Think of it as a “What’s Hot and What’s Not in 2014″ session.

You can see the best of CES presented by Larry Chait here.

For Students and Aspiring Entrepreneurs, check out these Questions about invention, patenting and intellectual property. See how much you know compared to the respondents in the article.

BIOGRAPHY: Larry Chait is Managing Director of Chait & Associates, a consultancy that advises senior management on achieving and sustaining high performance. Prior to forming Chait and Associates, Larry was a vice president and director of Arthur D. Little, Inc. He held several positions at ADL, including chief knowledge officer, consulting director and principal. Larry has authored three books on information technology and human resources, and is a contributing author of Managing the Learning Process of the Corporation. He has also authored 20 articles published in the U.S. and abroad, lectured in MBA and post-graduate programs in five universities, and spoken at over 35 conferences on topics process improvement, knowledge management, and the management of change. He is currently Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Executive Masters in Healthcare Management program at Brown University. Larry is President of The Boston KM Forum, an organization for practitioners in Knowledge Management. Larry received his A.B. in Economics from Cornell University and his M.B.A. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.

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KM Professionals and Healthcare Informatics: An Interview with Allan Lewis

Thursday, December 19, 2013, 4 - 6 p.m., Bentley University, Morison Hall, Morison Boardroom #300, 175 Forest Street, Waltham, MA 02451. Campus Map.

SPEAKER: Allan Lewis, Business Analyst, Clinical Knowledge Management Pilots at Lahey Health

TOPIC: The healthcare informatics field has been an area of professional growth for medical and IS professionals over the past ten years, with rapid recent acceleration due to recent systemic healthcare changes. These include rapid record electrification inspired by federal incentives, increasing price pressure resulting in mergers/practice acquisition by hospitals, technology advances and regulatory changes (ICD-10 coding and increased penalties for HIPAA data breaches). Using analysis and information science methods to analyze, evaluate, understand and apply business data to knowledge initiatives appeals to business professionals with a strong technology orientation. Allan Lewis has transitioned from a background in finance and accounting, to data architecture and more recently healthcare informatics. We will ask Allan about his interests, work and personal internet experiences and the journey that brought him to a new role at the Lahey Clinic. [Reading of interest on ICD-10 coding: NY Times Roughed Up by an Orca? There's a Code for That by Andrew Pollack.]

Readings:

Other Resources on technology tools transforming healthcare information:

Gregg, Helen. How Healthcare App Developers are Using Watson. Becker’s Hospital Review. 12/9/2013. 1p.

HKSC Field Guide for Developing a Healthcare Knowledge Services Center, by Lynda Moulton, LWM Technology Services, Margaret H. Coletti, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, H. Mark Goldstein, University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester.

BIOGRAPHY: Allan Lewis’ current position as business analyst has him engaged at Lahey to improve workflow for building and managing complex clinical data sets for the Epic Electronic Health Record. It is being implemented in an organization containing two recently independent provider organizations with another soon to be added. The project will provide clinicians with social business software tools to record their opinions and come to consensus. Earlier Allan held roles in all phases of the SDLC at The Boston VA Healthcare System, Partners Healthcare, SunGard and State Street. Allan earned a BS in Finance and Accounting at University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School, an MBA in IS from the Boston University School of Management and more recently, a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Informatics from Northeastern University.

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KM World Highlight: Dave Snowden on Human Sensor Networks with Technology Augmentation

Thursday, November 21, 2013, 4 - 6 p.m., Bentley University, Morison Hall, Morison Boardroom #300, 175 Forest Street, Waltham, MA 02451. Campus Map.

Moderated Discussion from Members based on KM World 2013  Dave Snowden Keynote: Big Data vs Human Data #KMWorld. Title links to the program commentary and notes from Dave Snowden on his blog Above and Beyond KM.

Themes and topics that fed the discussion after seeing video of Snowden’s presentation:

  • How the human brain handles pattern matching vs technology doing pattern matching
  • Role of negative experiences vs positive one when learning
  • The role of deep experience for developing expertise
  • Push to emphasize alignment among business objectives and units vs creation of tension and push-back against stated goals and initiatives
  • The role of story-telling to reinforce a sharing culture
  • Call for bringing blended experiences from fragments to facilitate enterprise learning and knowledge sharing
  • Real-time human sensor networks using your own population for evidence-based policy building
  • Importance of building human network capabilities, not just information repositories
  • Use of human networks for deliberative purposes to establish foresight instead of just relying on reflection for informing the enterprise
  • Need for more pro-active forecasting as a result of human observation

TOPIC: There were a few attendees from greater-Boston at KMWorld, Enterprise Search Summit, SharePoint Symposium and Taxonomy Boot Camp and much useful content in the programs. However, we have chosen one keynote by Dave Snowden to share for discussion. This was a lot of meaty substance such as his guidance: “Use networks for deliberative purpose” and employ “Human sensor networks for decision-making.” We’ll share the entire gamut of his insightful and demanding oratory and then the discussion begins. Be prepared to listen mindfully and discuss thoughtfully. If you have never heard Dave speak before, this is an opportunity to be knowledgeably stimulated.

BIOGRAPHIES: Dave Snowden at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/dave-snowden/0/3b/2a9

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Knowledge Well-Managed Supports Legal Professionals: Interview with David Hobbie

Thursday, October 17, 2013, 4 - 6 p.m., Bentley University, Morison Hall, Morison Boardroom #300, 175 Forest Street, Waltham, MA 02451. Campus Map.

SPEAKER: David Hobbie, JD, Goodwin Procter LLP

TOPIC: Attorneys are present to support the legal interests of every organization. Some are members of a legal department within a corporation;  companies of all sizes employ the services of professional law firms. David Hobbie is the knowledge management leader of one of Boston’s law firms, a long-time champion of KM in his firm, and a litigation knowledge management attorney. Our conversation with David will explore his many hats in the firm, as an active blogger on topics of legal interest and active member of the ILTA. More>

BIOGRAPHY: David Hobbie is Litigation Knowledge Manager at Goodwin Procter LLP.  His mission is to enhance litigator effectiveness and efficiency through improved search, knowledge sharing, and collaboration. He brings to bear a strong understanding of the theory of knowledge management and social collaborative technology as well as years of experience as a practicing litigator.

He is a member of the International Legal Technology Association’s Knowledge Management Peer Group Steering Committee and founded that group’s blog http://km.iltanet.org. David’s personal blog since 2007 is at http://caselines.blogspot.com .  You can read more about David’s professional background and activities here: www.linkedin.com/in/davidhobbie

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AIIM Initiative to Establish Standards for KM Competencies

Members of the Boston KM Forum with experience in roles that are explicitly or tacitly understood to be knowledge leaders should take a look at the latest invitation from AIIM. We in the Boston KM community have long been discussing and exploring roles of KM managers, leaders and champions of initiatives that spur the leveraging of institutional knowledge. This is an opportunity to influence the establishment of specific criteria for being a knowledge manager leading to greater responsibilities in the field.

Please review the invitation and consider how you might contribute to this effort described here.