by Ronel Davel & Elmi Bester
At the 2016 Southern African Knowledge Management Summit, we were asked to discuss what we know about an olive tree and how this relates to Knowledge Management. Little did we realise how much the humble olive tree and Knowledge Management had in common. After doing some investigation regarding the characteristics of olive trees, and reflecting on some of the outcomes from the Summit, a number of analogies between Knowledge Management and olive trees became evident. Click here to download the discussion of this metaphor.
The olive tree as a metaphor for Knowledge Management originated at the 2015 Southern African Knowledge Management Summit. We were challenged by Sonja Blignaut from More Beyond to reauthor our KM story. She led us to discover the alternative stories that were already present in our experiences. We were then given the opportunity to identify metaphors for KM from these stories. A metaphor invites inquiry into our identity and introduces new language to express our identity.