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Wrapping up the PKM Workshop

So, after 60 days the remote workshop ‘Personal Knowledge Mastery’ (PKM), that started on 13th January 2020, will close on 20th March.

I have enjoyed very much the learning experience, that was brought by Harold Jarche. It does help me a lot to make sense of what I have learned and developed over the past few years and months, to assess and refine skills and habits I need to strengthen, develop and practise.

Becoming a Knowledge Catalyst

Below this is the ultimate purpose of the workshop as shared on the page of the workshop.

Reviewing Activities

On the page for the workshop, it is written:

“Comments and reflections are all done via the website as threaded discussions, so there are no specific dates or times to attend. Harold Jarche provides coaching, advice, feedback, and other resources as needed. Harold is also available via audio or video conference. Discussion is encouraged so that people can learn from each other. For participants, the more they give, the more they get.

I appreciate these ways of doing and learning on my own, with Harold and other participants of the workshop.

I have copied pasted the workshop outline from the page to put it in bold and a bigger heading. In that way, I can share for each item thoughts and links to some of my blog posts one topic/activity/day at a time. Some of them were shared during the workshop with Harold and the participants in our private online space.

1. Networks, Communities & Teams

  • Mapping Networks

Well, I enjoyed doing this first activity:

One of the first key learnings from this workshop is on networks. We were asked:

“Network-centric questions would be, “What are you learning?” or “Who are you learning from?”. For example Twitter asks, “What’s happening?”.

By mapping visually my network, I understand better this as I tweeted:

“Visualization gives us a chance to ask ourselves questions about our knowledge-sharing, cooperation and collaboration practices.” < using helps me to map my network and to do so #PKMastery” 

Next step is to analyze my network with the basics of social network analysis, that we learn in the second key learning of this workshop about communities, especially communities of practice. This part on communities also enables me to revisit my usages of Twitter as there are insights, questions and resources to dive into. As I tweeted:

Who is connected to who? What are they talking about? Can I jump into the conversation even if we don’t know each other? #PKMastery


“Twitter is also for me a place where it clearly pays off to be generous: The more you share what others have done, the more they share your work and the more people get involved.” — @patrikbergman #PKMastery

  • Finding Communities

I have joined a few global communities in which I participate actively.


After I completed the remote workshop ‘Personal Knowledge Mastery‘, I was invited by Harold to join the Perpetual Beta Coffee Club, a global community of practice focused on workplace learning:

“Members are from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, & USA.

We have a private discussion forum and I host live web video chats monthly. Dates and times are arranged by a monthly poll of members. These are recorded and available for a week afterwards. We try to ensure that what is discussed inside the coffee club stays there. It is intended to be a trusted space. As the club grows, I will offer more services to meet demand.

While the main focus is workplace learning, we talk about whatever interests our members — books, democracy, leadership, media, etc.”

21st Century Explorers

I have explored the possibilities with Antacara Frontiers as I met in person in Paris the founder last year, and have continued conversations over time. I was recently invited to join the 21st Century Explorers: a learning community guided by Jillian Reilly from Antacara Frontiers and enabled by Connectle. As shared by Jillian on the overview of our global learning community:

“Gathering 21st Century Explorers from across the globe.

A community for those navigating creative journeys within companies or in the service of creating their own.

Curiously Exploring and Carving New Paths.”

You can connect with explorers over Twitter and ride with us over Connectle.


I completed the online course: Ready, Set, Future! Introduction to Futures Thinking, that is brought by Jane McGonigal from the Institute For The Future. It is a pretty good starting point for anyone who is interested in foresight essentials. Read on more in my blog post on this topic.

So now, I am an alumni of this foresight community of IFTF Certified Practitioners. It is active through frequent meetups, webinars, a newsletter and if we want to further specializations via other online courses via Coursera.

I’ll see how it goes especially with the live conversation every month. So far so good as tweeted with a remote meetup on: “conducting interviews with stakeholders within organizations and thought leaders external to organizations who are charting their future” as put on the invitation I received.

“People can have a conversation with one another about the topic at hand. Not wasted small talk, but detailed, guided, focused interaction based on the prompt you just gave them. Later, the organizer can press a button & summon everyone back together.” Experienced @iftf meet-up #5. Works well!

CICE Network

I have been invited by Trish Wilson, Improvement Network Catalyst and Continuous Improvement Specialist, to be part of the live conversations with change-makers across the globe.

CICE : A NETWORK of COLLABORATIVE EXCELLENCE. IMPROVEMENT NETWORK BUILDING. Personalised, targeted, curated improvement connections, conversations on a global stage. A coming together of those making the world of work a better place! The forward doers, improvement practitioners.”

The Values of communities?

WIIFM? WIIFUs? As shared in my blog post:

It is about developing yourself to engage yourself and other people to develop better people in any team, network, organisation, community – in person and remotely, methinks.

Rachel Happe from The Community Roundtable underlines that:

“Communities are, at their core, the way people have always come together to learn. They provide the space, relationships, collisions, and trust necessary to create shared meaning, to iterate on emergent ideas, and to norm new patterns and behaviors.” — @rhappe

  • Narration of Work

“Narrating your work does not require polished essays, but rather the routine sharing of thoughts that over time may reveal some insights.” – Harold Jarche in the PKM Remote Workshop

Below I share how I seek, sense and share thoughts and experiences over time.

2. Seek > Sense > Share

  • Filters

  • Platforms

  • Adding Value

This is how I create a network filter, use platforms and try to add value as shared over my learning journey.

3. Critical Thinking

  • Understanding Media

“My experience with these tetrads is that the more you do, the better you get.” – Harold Jarche

  • Tentative Opinions

Well, I try to do so by asking questions about the futures of the learning profession:

Which skill set and disciplines do learning professionals need to develop and hone to stay relevant?

Personal Knowledge MasteryFutures ThinkingCommunity ManagementCoaching? Learning Design?

  • Evaluate

Challenging someone’s else idea by writing a counter private post on it with references and links as needed. It is an action to be done for me when time allows.

Here is a useful resource, that is shared during the workshop by Harold Jarche. I look forward to revisiting and using it over time:

“Active listening is a valuable technique that requires the listener to thoroughly absorb, understand, respond, and retain what is being said. To hone your active listening, learn more about our 6 key skills.

The active listening skillset involves these 6 active listening skills:

Paying attention,
Withholding judgment,
Summarizing, and
Sharing.” – Center for Creative Leadership

4. People

  • Experts

  • Connectors

  • Seekers & Catalysts

Being a knowledge catalyst means taking the time to add value to your knowledge. One way is to simplify what you know. Make your work human understandable. Speak in non-geek terms. If experts do not do this they will become surrounded by less informed people over time. Our global human networks will get dumber. These networks of people might even vote for bombastic populists or support policies that will make all of us poorer or less free to pursue our goals.

The way out of this mess is to make our social networks, and our society, smarter. Leadership today is helping our networks make better decisions.


I have used this map to see where I am and where I am to go.

I may be considered as an expert: low sharing, high sense-making. I want to go: high sharing, high sense-making – to become a catalyst.

5. Curating

  • Topics

  • Comparing

  • Creating Content

This is how I do so while using Seek > Sense > Share as detailed in this post.

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6. Establishing Your Practice

  • PKM in Action

“Think about one primary practice that you think you could do for each: Seek > Sense > Share. Please share these with other participants.” – Harold Jarche


This is what I do to nurture my curiosity.

Like Patrik Bergman, I use daily Feedly and Twitter to go with the knowledge flows among other ways such as podcasts and videos.


I have mapped my personal routines. Still a work in progress.

Like Karen Jeannette, I try to create contents of value through few mindmaps / visual synthesis / sketchnotes, sometimes presentations, blogging – still struggling to do so frequently and with added value.

Last year, I used to share my weekly findings through my ‘learning newsletter’ like your Friday’s Finds, Harold.

Well, I thought I need to stop doing so. My intent is to search on my blog per keyword, tag or category when I need to do so whether it is for a project, research or a new blog post. For instance, I have noticed like yourself that distributed learning and work, not only remote work, are the topics du jour in the context of the global health crisis. I will certainly go through my own cornucopia/blog posts, what I have shared on those topics.


In that same blog post, I have shared my habits. To me, the key learning from this workshop is: discernment “or knowing when, and with whom to share.” as you shared in the previous post 15. Content Creation.

Based on a conversation in person and/or online with people, I may do a follow up with sharing on one social channel, email or just a blog post. Sometimes, I also just don’t do any sharing. I may do so later after conversations and actions when time allows.

  • Reflecting

Using the PKM Quest resource, that is shared by Harold in the workshop. Identifying people to help me in my quest. Who is my PKM crew? Those are activities I need to work as I could not do them over the workshop.

  • The Next Steps

“In 2011 @iftf identified 10 #futureofwork skills for 2020. Well, it’s 2020 and these are what’s needed now #PKMastery” – @hjarche


Harold suggests us at the end of this workshop to examine the four competencies/core work future skills, identified by @iftf, and that we have developed over the 60 days PKM remote workshop:

1. Sense-making
2. Social intelligence
3. New media literacy
4. Cognitive load management
It is also about seeing which I think I should on improving, and write down what my next steps are on my PKM journey. Harold recommended us to review it in six months. This is what I share with him and the participants of the workshop:

Thank you, Harold, for sharing your experience, knowledge and this workshop. Grateful. Very much appreciated! 

As I examine the four competencies, I think I should work on improving my new media literacy, especially with critical thinking skills, and my cognitive load management. 

My next steps on my PKM journey are: to read and use some resources I have bookmarked, to revisit and review my notes and visuals from the workshops as well as my blog posts on PKM, to dive into few online courses that were suggested in the workshop, to assess my practices and routines, do some suggested activities I could not do during this workshop. Last but not least, to blog about my experience about the PKM workshop in the upcoming days. 

Looking forward to connecting with other participants via social media, and to the Perpetual Beta Coffee Club. 🙂

Au plaisir,


How I Navigate the Remote Workshop

According to my time tracking tool Toggl combined with the productivity platform Clickup, I have spent 3 to 4 hours per week to go deep to learn and practise during the 60 days PKM remote workshop.

How did I go with the flow of resources and activities?

Here are some habits and practices I did and have over time:

Turning activities and hyperlinks from the workshop into prioritized, planned and unplanned tasks via Clickup:

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Using Google Keep to capture some highlights from the contents of the workshop, and to take personal notes.

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Using stocks and flows 

I have turned my Google Keep notes into Google Docs. In that way, I can retrieve and revisit over time into a folder per topic/activity/day I went through over the remote workshop. My folder can include documents, visuals or any other format that I have created or capture per topic/activity. Or I can just search anything into the search box, right? 🙂

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Commenting as thread discussion in the private online space of the workshop.

For instance, half-way of the workshop, I share those thoughts with Harold and my fellow knowledge seekers / PKMers:

I find sometimes hard to catch up with the #intro, activities, #tips and comments over weeks. I feel that I have opened a Pandora box when I joined the PKM Workshop. Any tips or suggestions to better go with the flow?

What I have done so far: taking notes and highlighting what caught my attention on my notetaking app (Google Keep), that can be turned into Google Docs for later reviewing and retrieval.

I have also turned activities into tasks to do one to three of them one week at a time, and share some of my activities, reflections and learnings into blog posts, that I have shared for some of them over this private space, and some on Twitter with the hashtag #PKMastery. I also pay attention to the backchannel on Twitter with the hashtag #PKMastery

As we are now half-way, I will step back temporarly from the workshop from this weekend to review my previous notes and what I have done the activities 1 to 18. My intent: to see if patterns emerge and if I may synthesize what I have learned so far.

Next week, I will sleep on what I have reflected on, done and shared so far. I will travel. I will dive again in the workshop on early March.

Here is the feedback I’ve got:

“It sounds like you are doing fine, Rotana. Don’t stress about doing all aspects of every activity. You can do them later or save to your notes. Remember that you can always come back here for a refresher workshop. This workshop is like a buffet table — eat what you need.”Harold Jarche

Sharing few activities and thoughts into public blog posts with the tag ‘personal knowledge mastery‘, and in the backchannel of the remote workshop on Twitter: #PKMastery

Final Thought

The Personal Knowledge Mastery workshop is the crème de la crème of remote, self-directed and peer learning experiences, that I have enjoyed very much. I highly recommend it.

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