August 21, 2011
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Experiencing the knowledge of nature and what nature can share with us is available to everyone – but most of us tend to forget this. Pehaps it’s because many of us don’t take the time to learn from nature and make that knowledge our own – or for those of us who are city-dwellers – we have never been able to experience nature in all its natural settings. The knowledge that nature can give each of us is calmness and inspiration that can revive our energy and put our lives in perspective. We often take the knowledge of nature for granted and see it as something separate from us or something that needs constraining. But like constraining knowledge – it is bound for failure. It’s important to see nature as an integral and important part of our lives to learn from and value – just as there is always some value in the diversity of knowledge. Constraining knowledge makes knowledge die as constraining nature leads to death.
When I was a teenager I used to be a boy scout and had the great privilege of regular weekend camping in a place that had a beautiful forest with a flowing creek and outlying farmlands only a few miles away from the city I lived in. I was taught the value and beauty of nature’s knowledge by a kind and gentle Scout Master named Simon DeWitt. Scouter Simon can be considered one of nature’s knowledge brokers as the intermediary between nature’s lessons and children’s learning. Lord Baden Powell would have been very proud! When we would go hiking into the woods my life changed. Hiking in the woods became a profound place of listening to nature’s knowledge and appreciating the diversity of foliage and animal life that it held for each of us. The towering trees I saw change through the seasons, the churning creek waters and the winding paths took me through beautiful moments of learning beyond the city I lived in. I experienced the variety of flowers and plants, frogs, deer, snakes, fish, birds – and even bears – and the cylce of life and death.
Those hiking experiences were great gifts to me because I learned from the knowledge of my Scout Master who was able to pass on to us boys the value and diversity of the world around us and the lessons that nature can teach us. I was able to escape from the noise and pollution of cars and concrete to enjoy the peace and purpose of the knowledge of nature.
Scouter Simon is long gone, but whenever I reflect back to those days of my youth and understanding I gained from the knowledge of nature, I still feel the tranquility and value of slowing down and taking in the peace and power of nature. Whenever I feel stressed or rushed in my day-to-day, fast-paced urban life, I think of the value and knowledge of nature that I gained from those childhood moments – and I put my own life and the lives of others in perspective and appreciation because of the knowledge of nature.
August 7, 2011
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For those of you who may have been wondering what I have been up to and why the lack of blog posts recently – apart from the usual 2 weeks summer vacation (cottage & NYC) – I have recently taken a new position as Executive Assistant, Business Services with Kobo. Kobo is a global eBook retailer backed by Chapters/ Indigo Books & Music, REDgroup Retail, Cheung Kong Holdings, and other leaders in technology and retail. Kobo believes consumers should be able to read any book, anytime, anywhere, and on the device of their choice.
It is this broad and inclusive approach to reading & sharing knowledge, stories & creativity that holds great appeal to me, and aligns with my own views about the value and inclusiveness of Knowledge Mobilization for the benefit of society.
Having just started with Kobo, much of my time has been spent on a learning curve and getting to know the new role and responsibilities. I have now moved into a weekly “9 to 5″ schedule which doesn’t afford me the same amount of free time to dedicate to my KMbeing blog as in my previous capacity as a community-based and independent digital researcher.
For those dedicated KMbeing blog and twitter followers who continue to enjoy and share my blog and tweets – I thank you for your patience and continued following.
I may not be able to blog post as frequently as I have in the past, yet I do hope to share something about Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) at least once a week in a weekly blog – and the importance of KMb for the benefit of society.
As always, I am KM “being” – maybe just not as frequently, but still just as strong in my beliefs about the value of Knowledge Mobilization for everyone.