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Knowledge Organization Meetup: Creativity in Knowledge Organization

  • 26 Feb 2019
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Canada Water Culture Space, 21 Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 7AR · London



This session will look at some aspects of creativity. The development of knowledge organization systems requires imagination and lateral thinking. The purpose of this session is to explore some of the techniques used to encourage creativity.

Teresa Viarengo and Andrew Haynes use two compelling stories to illustrate creativity in knowledge organization.

Ted - Socrates’ Dog uses stories to organize knowledge

Ted and his canine friends explain their interpretation of the world to humans. They express their thoughts with the help of Socrates, Plato, Nietzsche, and other philosophers. Their challenge was organising the massive amount of knowledge collected from their research to communicate their vision of the world successfully.

Teresa Viarengo is the author of Ted Socrates’ Dog, which uses humour to illustrate key ideas in philosophy. 

Knowledge Organization and Stories from the Car Industry

Andrew and Teresa will share stories about how knowledge was organized in the car industry as it evolved:

  • Henry Ford pioneered mass-production systems replacing craft production
  • Alfred Sloan in General Motors applied a mass-marketing approach to selling mass-produced cars
  • Kiichiro Toyoda developed the Just-in-Time production system at Toyota and its suppliers
  • Taiichi Ohno invented lean manufacturing, the foundation of the Toyota Production System
  • Elon Musk created an electric vehicle ecosystem where software is an integral element of the product.

This presentation is adapted from Andrew Haynes’ recent dissertation submitted for a Masters of Innovation, Creativity & Leadership at the Cass Business School.

This workshop will take place at the Canada Water Culture Space, just next to the Canada Water tube station on the Jubilee line. The event is free to ISKO UK members and £5 for non-members (option to pay at the door)

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