“The Knowledge Café brings people together to have open, creative conversations to surface their collective knowledge, to share ideas, and to gain a deeper understanding of a topic. It can be adapted for a variety of purposes and, at its best, is a powerful sense-making tool. In this book, Benjamin Anyacho explores the world of Knowledge Café and its relation to knowledge management.”
—David Gurteen, Director, Gurteen Knowledge
The Knowledge Cafe: Create an Environment for Successful Knowledge Management—a dynamic but straightforward disrupter to the way we learn and transfer knowledge. Maybe, the university of the future!
Do you often want to learn or transfer knowledge your own way and style? The Knowledge Café is a game-changer to the way we have learned and transferred knowledge. It the new co-creative innovation through knowledge conversations.
The Knowledge Cafe is making knowledge transfer and exchange as simple as walking into a corner café because the greatest revolution in human history happens around saucers—in a café. Managing and stewarding the intellectual capital or the know-how of an organization determines how innovative it can be and its competitive advantage. We are in a knowledge revolution, yet organizations are peeing their pants because of the massive loss of critical knowledge they need to conduct their businesses—hyper-job mobility, retirements, silos, and the need to increase knowledge velocity and innovate.
The Knowledge café is a Knowledge Management (KM) tool—a conversational and simplicity mindset, judgment-free environment where curious and caffeinated knowledge workers can exchange, transfer, and rejuvenate knowledge virtually or face-to-face. Hey, every voice counts at the café!
Uruguayan journalist Eduardo Galeano said, “I didn’t receive a formal education. I was educated in the Montevideo café, in the cafés of Montevideo. There, I received my first lessons in the art of telling stories, storytelling.” He meant he was educated in the café, not in the classroom, library, or conference. Today, many classrooms, workshops, and conferences are pivoting to the knowledge café mindset. The Knowledge cafe is the perfect enabler and simplifier to all other learning, knowledge exchange, and transfer methods. The “aha” moments and sense-making at one Knowledge Café can match the benefits of multiple conferences, workshops, and training put together. The premium on knowledge and agility has never been greater.
This book offers “when-where-how-to” design a café, a technique for managing knowledge toward the greater good. You’ll see Tips, templates, practical and relatable experiences, case studies, examples of knowledge brokers, creators, and sharers across cultures are sprinkled throughout work and project spaces. You have some knowledge, crazy ideas, hard-to-solve family, community, or organizational problems, need a dialogue, not a debate, or knowledge-exchange/learning style, your way?
Come to the Knowledge café and be wowed and mesmerized! Found everywhere books are sold. The Knowledge Café is for those curious about conversations, learning agility, painless knowledge exchange, and co-creative innovation.
Welcome to the café!
About the Author
Global citizen Benjamin Anyacho, a Nigerian-born Texan, is passionate, a quintessential project and portfolio manager, knowledge management (KM) cognoscente for 20+ years, with a mission to mentor one million servant-leaders. Complex-complicated projects and stakeholders are his bailiwicks. He is an author, fun, and engaging speaker. Benjamin’s works have been recognized locally and globally, having presented original content and research papers at multiple PMI Global conferences and LIM, NASEM-TRB, AASHTO, university commencements, symposia, etc., and a Journal of Knowledge Management reviewer.
Benjamin is a relational “bridge-builder” who has spent most of his life helping people to become their best. He is a missionary and a philanthropreneur, and the Executive Director of Apostolic Bridge Builders, Inc. Austin, Texas, since 2002.
He serves on several national and global boards, committees, and project panels. He is the TRB/AASHTO IKM Research Subcommittee chair, the 2018 charismatic president of the PMI, Austin Chapter; a board of trustees’ member of Juliana King University, Houston; honored with a doctorate in leadership.
He is a certified PMP®, holds BBA and an MBA in Global Business from St. Edward’s University Austin, Texas. A runner, lives in Austin with his wife, Precious, and two teenage children, Ben and Amara