Knowledge Mobilization (KMb): Multiple Contributions & Multi-Production Of New Knowledge

Wasting Knowledge

I’ve been thinking about how knowledge is wasted. We receive knowledge everyday – but how many people give their knowledge back? How many people waste their knowledge?  Every person – no matter who you are – has this incredible amount of individual knowledge waiting to be shared.

Everyday our minds create and are given an amazing amount of knowledge and potential. What do we do with that knowledge? How many people sit and waste time – and knowledge – in front of the television or on computer games for hours at a time – with all of the knowledge sharing potential wasted? Individual knowledge doesn’t have to be complicated or academic. We can start with sharing our personal experiences of who we are and how we think we fit into this world. But there’s that fear of what others might think. We’re afraid our knowledge might get laughed at – and there will be those who will laugh. They laugh because they too are afraid. Yet, for every person who laughs there are thousands more who are glad you’re sharing your experiences and knowledge.

When we share our knowledge we connect with others – and connection with others is what it’s all about. Human beings are social beings.  Every voice can share their individual knowledge. It’s only when fear blocks those voices that we begin to waste our knowledge. Every human being has knowledge to share – no matter how small or how insignificant it may seem.

It’s better to share knowledge than waste it.

2 responses to “Wasting Knowledge

  1. Gerald Meinert May 13, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Nice, new angle to look at it: Wasting knowledge.
    Knowledge not connected -> wasted.
    to keep your knowledge for yourself, is like keeping your savings under your pillow
    (sad truth that for money might be the best choice when the banks go crazy – again)


  2. KMbeing May 13, 2011 at 11:18 am

    As always Gerald, thanks for your comments. As human beings we are social beings. Humanity cannot survive without recognizing the cooperative aspects of life. Our early ancestors – hunter-gatherers knew this. We must work together to survive. In our new knowledge economy we have become knowledge-gatherers.

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