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Last night I was lucky to be able to attend the latest actKM forum where Graham Durant-Law presented on Network Numerology. This presentation was part of Information Awareness Month in Australia.

“Numerology is the study of the purported divine, mystical or other special relationship between a count or measurement and life. The term is most often used in a derogatory sense. Network science is replete with numbers, algorithms and formulas. Often, to the uninitiated, these numbers are akin to numerology and represent a “black art” understood only by a few. In this presentation some of the more common measures used in Social Network Analysis will be demystified. However some numerological numbers will also be discussed. These include Dunbar’s Number and the lesser know Wellman’s Number, along with the Bernard-Kilworth Number and Wu’s Heuristic. It will be up to you to decide whether these numbers are real or a divine measure!”

A link to Graham’s paper can be found on his blog site and is well worth reading. Graham really emphasises how important it is to know what you are doing with Social Network Analysis – the new software available allows you to press all the buttons to get a visualisation of the network, but unless you understand the limitations and boundaries of the numbers you run a real risk of misinformation and misinterpretation.

I also feel very privileged to work with Graham under the HyperEdge Pty Ltd badge. I am constantly on a learning curve but never bored as the SNA space is just fascinating.

Following on from the very successful Stakeholder Engagement and Evaluation workshop Graham Durant-Law and I ran in Melbourne as part of the actKM Annual Conference in October 2011, we are pleased to be delivering a further refined and updated version of this one-day workshop on the 14th of February 2012 in Canberra.

We all know intuitively that engaging positively with stakeholders makes a huge difference to the outcomes of any project, program, new policy initiative or its implementation.  If we get it right the results speak for themselves.  However, so often we get it wrong and the effort involved in retrieving a poor relationship can seriously detract from the effort involved in getting our core work done.

This workshop/seminar will take you through the processes of:

  • identifying your key stakeholders from the often large number of potential stakeholders,
  • how to engage those key stakeholders effectively using a number of narrative techniques,
  • how to identify the relationships that may be at ‘risk’, and
  • how to evaluate the results of effective stakeholder engagement in order to demonstrate ‘return on investment’ of positive relationships.

The seminar/workshop is aimed at middle managers who are responsible for stakeholder engagement and its evaluation.

Full details of the workshop can be found on Graham Durant-Law’s blog site where you will also find links to our registration site.

For those of you who live in Canberra or the surrounding area – or might be visiting our wonderful Capital on the 9th of February.

actKM, KMRt, Special Libraries Association  (Australia New Zealand Branch) and HyperEdge is pleased to present:

Connected – the film

Have you ever faked a bathroom trip to check your email? Slept with your laptop? Or become so overwhelmed that you just unplugged from it all? In this funny, eye-opening, and inspiring film, director Tiffany Shlain takes audiences on an exhilarating rollercoaster ride to discover what it means to be connected in the 21st century. From founding The Webby Awards to being a passionate advocate for The National Day of Unplugging, Shlain’s love/hate relationship with technology serves as the springboard for a thrilling exploration of modern life…and our interconnected future. Equal parts documentary and memoir, the film unfolds during a year in which technology and science literally become a matter of life and death for the director. As Shlain’s father battles brain cancer and she confronts a high-risk pregnancy, her very understanding of connection is challenged. Using a brilliant mix of animation, archival footage, and home movies, Shlain reveals the surprising ties that link us not only to the people we love but also to the world at large. A personal film with universal relevance, Connected explores how, after centuries of declaring our independence, it may be time for us to declare our interdependence instead.

The event will be held in the National Library of Australia Theatrette on the 9th of February from 1 – 2.30 pm. Entry is by gold coin donation to cover the costs of the AudioVisual. The Theatrette has been kindly provided by the National Library of Australia.

This film was recently shown at the State Library of Victoria and is being provided by Michelle Lambert of the KM Roundtable.

We will be starting right on 1 pm so it is recommended you arrive at 12.45 pm at the latest to get your seats.

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