Sep 022013
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How the “DNA” of civilisation defeats efforts to achieve sustainability and long term corporate survival


Speaker: Will Sutherland

Date :  Friday 13th September

Time:  6:30pm-8:00pm

Location:  HKGCC Conference Room , 22/F, United Centre 95 Queensway (Admiralty MTR Station)

All human action and decision take place within a powerful cultural framework made up from institutions, habit and law/regulation. The familiarity of these constraints often makes them invisible. As a result social and behavioural scientists have promoted disciplines such as economics, political science and psychology as a means of explaining how people behave. The speaker will argue that both at National and Corporate levels this ignorance of cultural realities leads to many unwanted and potentially life threatening consequences. The solution lies in the new and (as yet) undeveloped science of “cultural engineering”.

Our Speaker Will Sutherland, from the UK worked both as a civil servant and then management consultant before becoming an author on, and living exponent of, self-sufficiency and sustainability.

As this is a special event , red wine, soft drinks and snacks will be served.

The event is free for HKKMS members and $300 for non-members..

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Speaker: Will Sutherland
Date :  Friday 13th September
Time:  6:30pm-8:00pm
Location:  HKGCC Conference Room , 22/F, United Centre 95 Queensway (Admiralty MTR Station)

The event is free for HKKMS members and $300 for non-members..

Registration is completed for this event

Speaker – Will Sutherland, author of “The Councillor’s Handbook” and joint author of “The New Complete Book of Self Sufficiency” published by Dorling and Kindersly

Will Sutherland has had a life long interest in the processes which lead to the collapse of human civilisations. After studying Mathematics and Law at Cambridge University he spent 10 years in the Whitehall Civil service before moving on to become a Senior Consultant with Ernst and Young. In 1992 he played a key role in the creation of the “Alternative Treaties” written by over 175 worldwide NGOs after the first Earth Summit and now posted on the United Nations website. After this he left the business world and moved to Ireland where he grew most of his own food and began to teach the skills of “self-sufficiency”. He has talked and written widely on the institutional processes which create a cultural prison preventing the achievement of sustainability.

A recap of Will’s fascinating discussion piece and presentation can be downloaded from the following URL.


HKKMS event of Sustainability and culture

HKKMS event on Sustainability and culture

Will Sutherland’s HKKMS Talk 13th Sept 2013

Jun 022013
Laurel Sutton

Laurel Sutton

Human behaviour is a key concept to be understood when sharing knowledge and creating an environment where knowledge is openly shared. This session will explore some of the behaviours that enhance knowledge sharing using an innovative techniques known as the Organizational Zoo. This was developed by Arthur Shelley of Intelligent Answers and uses animal metaphor to understand human behaviours. The technique is a safe and fun way to look at our own behaviours in particular contexts, and to enable us to make some shifts and changes where necessary.

The session will be highly interactive, so come along prepared to participate and engage in conversation.  We suggest you complete a profile before coming to the event.  Click on “Pre-session profiler” tab to find out more.

The event is free for HKKMS members and $200 for non-members..

Date and time : Monday 24th June 2013  (6.30pm – 8.00 pm)

Venue: HKGCC Conference Room , 22/F, United Centre 95 Queensway (Admiralty MTR Station)

Registration has completed for this event.

As a starting point for the session, please go to and click on Profiler on the top bar.

This will take you to the page where you can create your own profile. Can you create your profile using the context of: “I am encouraging knowledge sharing”.

Please bring the completed profile with you to the session.

Powerpoint from Laurel Sutton’s fun and engaging event on human behaviour and knowledge sharing can be downloaded from the link below.

Organisational zoo and knowledge sharing

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Dec 052012

At the HKKMS event on the 16th November David O’Dwyer and Iain Doherty presented and lead a stimulating discussion on the eLearning space in academia and in corporates.

Iain kicked off with a thought provoking discussion about the current lack of genuine success with eLearning implementations within academic institutions.  The typical approach is to utilise Learning Management Systems as a document and reference repository and the full potential of the technologies are not yet fully exploited.  Professors and lecturers in higher education are judged on their research output rather than their innovations in teaching, so moving teaching staff away from a “content delivery” approach to learning to “Connectivism”, especially with the modern connected/social web world, remains a challenge.   The discussions also touched on what would success look like and how to measure whether you have been successful.

A recorded webinar of Iain’s talk can be found on SlideShare.  Click on the following link to access


David (Dod) spoke of his experiences working with eLearning within corporate environments.  Companies have spent significant $$$ on supported technologies such as LMS’, virtual classroom systems, examinations systems and they go to considerable effort to integrate these to other enterprise tools such as ERP, Performance management etc, much energy and time is also put into the development of engaging interactive online content, aimed, primarily to meet compliance, and regulatory training needs.  Significant benefits are been realised on a cost saving or from a cost avoidance perspective, however the original vision of eLearning and a single learning portal and the learning organisation have not been realised.  The plethora of new tools and new approaches for communications and collaboration has meant that staff are looking first at their team sites or their corporate intranets for the information that they need and not to their Learning Management Systems or Corporate ‘Learning portals’.  Companies are successfully experimenting with social media tools and collaborative team spaces and the challenge is how current eLearning offerings can add value to this reality.   Essentially corporate wide content strategies are lagging behind the business needs and also IT departments are not able to react in time, resulting in different groups moving on and doing their own thing, this is leading to increased fragmentation and an exacerbation of the issues.   Challenges indeed.

David’s PPT can be found HERE

Solutions?  Watch this space.

Aug 302012
Darrell mannWe are delighted to welcome back to Hong Kong , Darrell Mann , a global thought leader on the topic of innovation . Many of you attended his workshop in January of this year when he shared several of his models and techniques derived from many years hands on involvement in systematic innovation. His latest book takes a look at one of the factors that is a barrier or enabler of innovation ; the organizational culture.

He will introduce an Innovation Capability Maturity Model which provides a means of assessing the likelihood of successful innovation in your firm’s culture.

The event is free for HKKMS members and $200 for non-members.

Event details
Date and time : Tuesday 11th September 2012 (6.30pm – 8.00 pm)
Venue: Conference Room 2, 22/F, United Centre 95 Queensway (Admiralty MTR Station)

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We look look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

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