My Personal Knowledge Management (PKM)

My Personal Knowledge Management (PKM)

Personal knowledge management (PKM) is important for learning and professional development. Here is my PKM, based on Harold Jarche’s (2014) seek, sense and share framwork.

PKM Critical Thinking Process Tools and Strategies
Seek Observe, study & read

·  Social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn)

· Observations

·  Browsing through Google, YouTube, emails, books, blogs, news articles

· Browsing through related links

Sense Challenge, evaluate, reflect and review ·  Journaling, writing and blogging (e.g. this blog)

· Art, drawing and mapping

·  Reflecting with others

Share Participate ·  Social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn)

·  Blog posts

·  Online discussion forums

·  Dialogue


I found the seek, sense and share framework a clear way of highlighting the three stages of PKM: finding and filtering information (seeking); reflecting and digesting the information (sensing); and finally sharing our insights with others (sharing). Since, I am someone who learns better via analogies and metaphors, I was attracted to the way von Holzen (2015) describes the seek, sense and share framework. She states that:

  • Seeking is like fishing. Depending on the weaving of the nature or the lures we use, we make our catches more accidental or more strategic (I like this analogy as it highlights the role technology plays in information retrieval)
  • Sensing is like cooking. We combine idea, connect the dots, add new thinking, challenge old patterns and create meaning
  • Sharing is inviting guests to the table for a joint meal. Sharing is a celebration of ideas, stories and information

(von Holzen, 2015).

My own PKM routine is rather subconscious. Like Jarche (2014), I seek most information and insights via “human filters,” such as Twitter and LinkedIn. However, I have been consciously adding tools from my “toolbelt” into my PKM routine. For example, group activities fall within the Share aspect of Jaroche’s framework, as it’s a way of generating dialogue. In contrast, the software (which is a new addition to my toolbelt and a new favourite of mine) falls within the Sense phase, as it allowed me to explore, review and reflect on my own learning network.

Sensing is a big part of my PKM routine. I mostly do this by writing. I’m a crazy writer. I write about everything…just to make sense of it, whether it be via blogs, fictional stories, poetry, journaling or articles of scholarship. Writing challenges my views and perceptions, which I believe is a core of the sensing element.

Recently, I watched Jim Carrey’s documentary “I needed colour,” in which Jim uses art to make sense of the world.

It really resonated me, especially when Jim states;

Something inside you is always telling a story. I believe every single thing that you see and hear is talking to you… The bottom line with all of this, whether its performance, or its art or its sculpture, is love. We want to show ourselves and have that be accepted,” (Carrey, 2017).

Although, I’ve taken a more artistic minded approach on this blog post, Jim’s words correlate with my PKM. The line: “every single thing that you see and hear is talking to you” corresponds back to the way we find and filter through information and stories by seeking; in Jim’s case art is the way he makes sense of everything (in my case it’s through writing) and then ultimately “we want to show ourselves” and our passions, insights and stories by sharing it with the world.

Whenever we undertake professional development, we should be seeking and sensing, but most importantly, we should be sharing what we learn with others.


Carrey, J. (2017). I needed colour. Retrieved 13 August, 2017, from

Jarche, H. (2014). What is your PKM routine? Retrieved 13 August, 2017, from

Socol, I.D. (2008). The Toolbelt and Universal Design – Education for everyone. Retrieved 11 August, 2017, from,

Von Holzen, N. (2015). Twitter and Co – my personal learning habits. Retrieved 13 August, 2017, from,

Images: Sourced from Pixabay and within the Public Domain


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