Knowledge Management for Development Journal, Vol 13, No 3 (2017)

Exploring archived artifacts and member conversations related to leadership within KM4Dev 2011-2016

Melissa Bator, Elizabeth Weatherly

Abstract


In 2011, the Knowledge Management for Development (KM4Dev) Core Group (CG) outlined the Terms of Reference (TORs) for “community members who are volunteering or thinking of volunteering to be members of the Core Group” (KM4Dev, 2011). The purpose of creating these TORs, was to more clearly articulate to the general membership and current CG members the bounds of service associated with being a member of the CG, which current CG members hoped would enable more people to join. Since 2011, the community has held several conversations about leadership, including questions about leadership in community surveys and engaging in asynchronous discussions on topics such as CG succession and who can be a leader. We gather this archival evidence here in order to show the evolution of KM4Dev members’ perceptions on leadership within the community and to begin to think about how this data may help us articulate how community members practice leadership in the absence of hierarchical structures and formal authority.

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