ICI Talks 2019: Interact, Challenge, Inspire

New or controversial opinions matter! With a conference as diverse as this, it is inevitable that differences of opinion will arise, best practices will be acknowledged, and experiences shared. This session creates an opportunity to accelerate delegates’ participation in the exchange of ideas and deepen knowledge about CI/MI theory and new approaches to CI/MI practice. The art of conversation, essential in promoting knowledge transfer and learning, is a key expectation of this session.

  1. Nominate your topics until April 26th
    Propose a topic for discussion. Simply spark an idea using the below button.

  2. Rank the topics you would like to discuss at the conference
    The 5 most popular topics will be picked for debate at the ICI-Talks session.

  3. ICI Talks Session at the conference
    The conference attendees will be divided into 5 groups. Each group will discuss a topic for 15 minutes and then participants will rotate to another topic, while the facilitator shares the group’s collective wisdom with the follow-on group. After 4 sessions, the facilitator will present a summary of the 4 session discussions on the topic so all know what the other groups have discussed and how the topic has moved from the starting point.

What topics do you want to discuss in our ICI-Talks session?


Word-Cloud: Displays word frequency in the proposed topics


Session leaders' profiles

Jonathan Gordon-Till is Principal at Oxford Business Intelligence, specializing in knowledge management strategy, particularly with reference to knowledge retention & transfer during corporate change. He has worked for over 25 years at the intersection between knowledge & information management, competitive intelligence and library science. He is active in the global knowledge & information professions and has served on a number of professional bodies including the SCIP Ethics Committee. He is also widely acknowledged as an information ethicist and provides training and consultancy services through InfoEthics UK. He has contributed widely to the professional literature and was for many years a columnist in Information World Review. 

Jonathan started his career in knowledge & information management in global financial services consulting. In addition to KM consultancy, he currently leads the global Knowledge Management Centre of Expertise for the R&D function of a major food manufacturer.


Arthur Weiss is the CEO of AWARE, specialising in CI analysis, research and training. He has worked in CI since the 1980s, initially with Dun & Bradstreet and now with AWARE, established in 1995.

Arthur is well known as a competitive / marketing intelligence expert and has taught hundreds of CI professionals on a range of topics. His background at D&B gave him an in-depth understanding of financial analysis. Day-to-day research projects extended this to more general CI analysis. His MBA thesis looked at competitor strategy using a game theoretical model.

Arthur was the General Editor of Croner’s Marketing – A Practical Management Guide (1996) contributing chapters on competitor analysis and marketing planning. He wrote the corporate intelligence chapter in The Palgrave Handbook of Security, Risk and Intelligence (2017). He is the module leader for ICI’s secondary research (OSINT) and counter-intelligence workshops and is also a member of AIIP and SLA.