The Original Personal Knowledge Management System

The Personal Knowledge Management system is not a new methodology created on the Internet, the PKM is one of the oldest tools used by man.

The First PKM System

King Harold with an arrow in his eye.
See - Bayeux Tapestry Museum Normandy
Bayeux Tapestry

The world’s oldest known cave painting is in Indonesia, believed to have been drawn 45,500 years ago, providing evidence of the earliest settlement of humans in the planet. The painting is part of a narrative scene, with two hand impressions above a pig’s rear body. These cave painting are not just beautiful creations they are an ancient PKM saying these are the animals that we hunt, we rear, we eat. Thousands of years latter the Egyptians use similar drawings to tell the story of their conquests against nations. After the battle of Hastings in 1066 a tapestry was commissioned that told the story of how King Harold was defeated and how William of Normandy won, now known as the Bayeux Tapestry.

These paintings show how early man had the desire and need to capture things so that they could be referred to at another time. The person who painted the Boar in Indonesian created the first PKM and without a written language this would continued in places all around the world for thousands of years.

A Picture Says A Thousand Words

Pictures as a means to manage knowledge is, for some, a perfect solution. I personally understand things better once I can picture in my mind what it is or how it works.

SketchNote Taking

I use what is called “sketchnoting” when writing notes from seminars, talks (TedX), and even written messages, such as books. It is a fact that we remember more when we draw or doodle as we take notes. My notes form an important part of my PKM by me storing these notes as PDF and using OCR to recognise my writing. If you can say something as a picture then do so, technology like the mobile phone gives us access to instant scanning and apps like Scanner Pro (iOS) can make the process so very simple.

Thanks to @annatamasi @blue_latitude
Thanks to @annatamasi at @blue_latitude for a brilliant example and guide to Sketchnotes

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