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A Knowledge Market is a meeting to match up people who need learning, with people who can provide their learning. It is a way of connecting people to stimulate knowledge, make new connections, and identify new collaborative relationships, it is for connecting those who have problems with those that can potentially solve the problem in a very simple way. Knowledge Markets are commonly used within Communities of Practice
While launching a series of Communities of Practice in the Middle East, we made use of Knowledge Markets as a way to identify "Quick Wins", where existing good practices could immediately be shared between operating units within the same company.
We asked all participants at the launch to write out, on large sheets of adhesive paper, two things they could "offer" to the Community, and two problem areas they wanted help and advice with. These were then all displayed on the wall. All immediate matches (where someone's offer matched someone else's need) were identified, and then the participants reviewed the displayed material to identify any further matches.
For each of the matches, we set up follow-on meetings or conversations, where the knowledge could be exchanged.
At a Knowledge Market, you ask people to write (on post-it notes, or (better) on a large poster) two or three "Knowledge Offers", and two or three "Knowledge Needs". These should be real business issues - either an issue for which they have found a solution (a knowledge offer), or a business issue which they are currently facing, where they need access to more knowledge to help them make the correct decision. Then you display these posters or notes, and ask people to walk around and identify
Once these "matches" have been identified, then you set up follow-on conversations (either at the same event, or later) to transfer the knowledge.
We can work with you to introduce Knowledge markets into your organisation. we can help plan and facilitate the market, and design the follow-up processes to exchange (and, if needed, document) the knowledge area "matches" which have been identified at the market.
Contact us for details of the Knoco services for Knowledge Markets.
Last updated Aug 2012. Contents Copyright Knoco Ltd.