AOK future centers are starting

The Association of Knowledgework is moving into a new phase of existence and is going to start with cafés held around the world.  Here is one in Phoenix that is open to anyone interested in reshaping AOK as a Future Center.  Please contact Jack Ring, as directed below, for more information.

You are invited --- to engage in knowledge exchange for a few hours on 20 November, 2007 from 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Knowledge exchange occurs by lively inquiry among interesting people. Your return on investment will always exceed your investment and can be amplified by knowing that you have been in service to others.

This café-style event, motivated by the Association of Knowledge Work (AOK), is one of a number of face-to-face meetings happening around the world this November. AOK is an online community that has been sharing ideas and experiences on the role of knowledge and learning in organizations. Recently, a wave of enthusiasm arose for reinventing the community as something more than an online forum. Founder, Jerry Ash, quickly responded by inviting us all to help determine and design the future AOK.

Here's where you can help. Whether you are an active AOK member or not, you are welcome at the Phoenix café. One idea is to reshape AOK as a Future Centre, a 'physical and virtual environment for empowering innovation’. Other ideas relevant to fostering a kwork community are welcome,    

To develop the vision for an AOK Future Centre, Edna Pasher (based in Israel) has offered to facilitate an online, world-wide café in December 2007. To help initialize that and to further local thematic interests initialize that online conversation several of us have volunteered to host face-to-face cafés in November to tap the diversity of participation and the richness of personal conversations.

The Phoenix session will be led by an internationally admired facilitator, Christine Whitney-Sanchez, www.christinewhitneysanchez.com, who has graciously volunteered her considerable talent in Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space Technology, World Café, and Polarity Management™.

Our mutual inquiry may include but will not be limited to:

  • If anything imaginable were possible, if there were no constraints whatsoever, what is the most exciting possibility you see for AOK we can create together?
  • Which social, environmental, technological or economic futures may create opportunities for advancing kwork?
    In one year’s time, what would you like AOK to have achieved? 
  • What could we do together as a world-wide kwork community that we couldn’t do independently?  
    Who would you like to see involved in this kwork community and how?
  • What age groups should AOK strive to include and how?
  • From both local and global perspectives how important is the flow of knowledge generation, sharing and utilization?

Our conversations will be relaxed and informal and the ideas that emerge will be fed into the wider dialogue. Your participation does not imply any commitment to be involved with further developments although all café participants will be kept informed of progress.

We will meet at The University of Advancing Technology, 2625 W. Baseline Road, Tempe, AZ 85283-1056, a location generally convenient for everyone across the valley.

Notice: This café will be necessarily limited to less than 33 participants on a first-to-RSVP basis. We hope you will join us. Please RSVP promptly to jring AT amug DOT org. Details regarding directions, parking, access, etc. will be forwarded to those who RSVP.

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