The art of curating one’s life presents itself in real-time challenges. The first step is in taking an internal inventory of the bits and pieces of personal history. Un-tethered from pride and shame— the borders of the familiar narratives we tell ourselves— what we’ve got is a fairly interesting assortment of stuff: like the tables of a summertime flea market, stretching to the horizon.
Next is another internal turn: the casting of one’s inner eye across that horizon, much as one does, strolling the market. What strikes the eye? What catches the fancy?
Taking up this new find, we find ourselves asking the operative question: what am I going to do with it? And here, at step 3, as an aspect of “what we do” meets the question “what shall we do” , the creative process begins: personal coherence depends both upon utility and upon engagement with others.
I was thinking about this as I began my initial foray into reading others’ blogs this week. My own thoughts joined theirs’ and led in some pretty interesting directions. So, thanks are due: to Annette who introduced me to Terry and to Terry for citing Nimmy: who left me thinking about the “knowledge” we manage in KM as somehow far too abstract as we describe it to ourselves and others. Operatively, it FEELS so much more present and concrete! So, facing 2009, I wanted to suggest that “knowing” begins in curation (its management) : the management of little knowledge bits, linked to others, who we gradually come to know through moments of acquaintance. From “what we do” to “what shall we do” with “who”. Happy New Year.
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