Today I got there at 11 or so and attended a session on learning and it was awful, some Dutch consultant telling us all we were stupid and that he was right, then contradicting himself so much he nearly disappeared up his own arse - he was contorting the line of argument so much. Dreadful, how I kept quiet I'll never know! I must be mellowing now I'm nearly 40.
Then I joined the KennisCirkel by Proven Partners, whom Ton and Hanneke Lambrets (ex Pink Roccade, ex KPMG) work for.
This had a speaker from Aon who was just getting the the part of his story where he was inspired by the KeyNote speakers at KM Europe 2003, when I had to leave to attend a keynote for 2004 - John Seely Brown. Pity. Upon leaving the room I literally bumped into 2 more good KM friends, Carl Theilen and Ursula Stocker from Holchim the Swiss concrete company. I first met Carl and Ursula in London at another Ark event and Carl was pretty fed up with that event and we sat next to each other for lunch, and so he vented his frustrations . Again today he was not happy with the workshops, the keynotes, and the venue, he really is a sucker for punishment if he always feels this way, still I like him though.
So off to John Seely Brown with Carla from the TI and Phil Riding from Cambridge, He was everything I expected and some more. I took some photo's with my phone camera of all his slides, but the quality is pretty low, but I'll see if I can get them readable and place them here. I also ask Henry from Ark if he could forward me the slides.
I'll put a separate blog entry in about John and his Social / Anthropological view on business improvement - I hope I can do his thoughts and my current enthusiasm justice.