The Eye of Seeing Hero Story Archetypes

March 27, 2008

It was a quiet evening here in Dubai so I decided to head off to the local cinema to catch the latest Jessica Alba film – The Eye.  Given my interest in eyes, and the fair beauty of the main character, I thought it seemed a good film to watch.  It ended up being an OK film, kept my interest all the way through with only a couple of guffaws due to the plotline.  Typical US Hollywood Hero Movie plot though.

There has been a fair debate on other blogs (Dave, Patrick and Graham) recently about archetypes.  In the Hero Story plot of Joseph Campbell and popularised by Viogler, there were 7 main archetypes and this film had nearly all of them. 

Hero – obviously Jessica herself who goes through all the plotlines including the return
Herald – the surgery and her sister
Shadow – death and disbelief
Mentor – the donor
Threshold guardian – the unbelievers, the ghosts, the kids, lots of these as it’s Hollywood!
Shapeshifter – possibly Alicia but it was all fairly predictable – an attribute of the donor
Trickster – not much comedic talent or cutting the hero down to size in this film.

The blog posts are primarily referring to culturally elicited specific archetypes rather than the above archetypes that are more universal and do not actually need to relate to a person. 

The last comment in the film is the standard “seeing is believing but sometimes you need to believe in order to see” line.  It’s something that I have used in some of my presentations as well that in many instances, you need to trust a situation in order to be able to see the knowledge inherent in it.  A closed mind will not see anything, a cynic may only see what he wants to see, although at the other end of the scale, blind faith will accept everything.  Too often, we fail to open ourselves to the unexpected or to be able to listen to the subtle.  In these cases, you cannot see unless you are prepared to open the door and personally experience the situation.

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Regional Knowledge Resource Kit

March 22, 2008

My good friend Nerida Hart, who is now working at Land and Water Australia, has pointed me on a number of occasions to the Regional Knowledge Resources Kit.  I have had some cursory looks at it in the past but over the past couple of days I have looked at it in more detail and it is an incredibly valuable KM resource.  The work that they have done with the various regional bodies is amazing, brokering conversations amongst local practitioners to share knowledge and build connections. 

The Kit itself is full of great information and links to valuable resources.  It does not just have utility for regional land managers but for anyone who needs to work with a community to find out their particular needs, develop trusted relationships and develop strategies for implementing concrete actions that will create value for them.  One of the key insights for me from the conversation with Nerida today and delving into the site is that anecdote circles work best when the group knows each other a bit – so therefore it’s best to have anecdote circles during the middle of the process rather than at the start.

So make sure you add this to your KM favourites, the RKRK site.


Luke’s Dubai Adventure

March 20, 2008

For the past 6 months, our family has been working extremely hard to relocate my wife Lyn’s business (Kiva) to wonderful new premises.  And just when you think that things are getting close to normal, along comes an exciting new career opportunity for me elsewhere.

I am now in Dubai working with David Rymer on knowledge management projects for a business based in Dubai.  I arrived over here last Friday and will be here for about 6 months.  The work itself is fascinating, the experience will be fulfilling, and the money will help pay some bills. 

I will aim to post about some of the professional aspects and insights of the work on this blog over the next few months.  In the meantime, I have commenced another blog (lukedubai) that I will use as my travel journal for friends and family to see what I have been doing. 

Dubai is Corporate Disneyland, construction zone, global logistics hub, desert city and shopping mecca all rolled together.  I’m still getting my bearings and the culture change is slowly starting to subside.