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

Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) Everyday By “Everyday” People

Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) is about moving knowledge into practice or action for the benefit of society. But knowledge mobilization isn’t just about intellectuals or academics exchanging knowledge with each other.  Every single person can be a knowledge mobilizer by supporting opportunities for researchers to share knowledge while also contributing to and informing researchers about knowledge at the community level. 

And social media is a great way to do this! It’s one of the easiest and most basic opportunities for researchers and research users to connect.

Every day I use Twitter to review and link to knowledge (some useful – some not). When I learn from it and then pass on my own experiences or comments about that knowledge to others, I am mobilizing knowledge.  I have found that just on Twitter alone there is an enormous amount of knowledge and expertise out there – and yes…much data noise to sift through as well. Of course there’s also information that’s not reliable or accurate, but a greater portion – especially with the right key words and links – is valuable knowledge.

I follow and am followed by my Twitter “tweeps” who are connected to academic institutions, government agencies, international health and environmental organizations, educational and social agencies, along with national agencies, political groups, media and networking executives; while I also follow community-based health and social welfare agencies, local educators, non-profit groups, service-industry workers, poets, artists – all important “everyday” people. Although I work with professionals, I never lose touch with other voices in the “everyday” world we live in.

No matter what the “professionals” have to say (which I always appreciate and acknowledge), I’m always impressed by the knowledge that is shared by “regular” folks in “everyday” jobs who are willing to share personal knowledge and “everyday” expertise.  Whenever they take the time to pass on something from personal experience or tweet an enlightening link, knowledge mobilization is taking place. This is knowledge mobilization – by social media – for social benefit on a wider scale.

On a more professional scale, knowledge mobilization includes a variety of methods to transfer, exchange and be informed by research (workshops, conferences, meetings) while also contributing to informing research and researchers as well.  As I’ve pointed out in previous blogs, the networking capabilities of social media make KMb a multi-directional process that provides researchers with an abundant source of knowledge, in order to inform policy makers who make decisions for social benefit.

We may have to sift through the data noise that’s out there, but contributing in some way – everyday – to sharing knowledge (whoever you are) is what knowledge mobilization is all about. As Sly and the Family Stone said, “We got to live together” in this world. Sharing our knowledge for social benefit through knowledge mobilization – either professionally or personally – makes our “everyday” world a better place to live in.

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