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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Individual Knowledge Mobilization

As I move closer to 50 years of experiences and knowledge in my own life, I have come to realize that the greatest set-back to happiness in life is constantly struggling to be successful or popular. The greatest problems in life stem from seeking power and control – and ultimately it’s a lack of self-worth and value of one’s own knowledge and uniqueness (and accepting that of others) that sets back social benefit.

When we listen to the negative voices internally in our own heads and externally by others that call us worthless, unsuccessful or powerless we can see ourselves and the many individual experiences that have created our own unique individual knowledge as worthless. When this happens, we are ignoring all of the knowledge that we have gathered and have up to whatever point we are at in life…whatever age we are…and we forget the value of our own knowledge. And it’s not just academic knowledge learned in school that I’m talking about.  It’s the more important everyday knowledge about living life as you – “be yourself no matter what they say” (thank you very much Sting) – in order to contribute to making our world a better place for everyone. We cannot forget this last, important point – our actions should always be about trying to make society better, working together as unique individuals, remembering how individual knowledge connected to other individual knowledge has shaped us into the valuable people – human beings – we all are. That is what individual knowledge mobilization is all about.

Each of us is unique.  Each of us has unique experiences and knowledge to share with others and contribute to make this world a better place.  It took me a long time to recognize that in myself – and sometimes I still find those negative voices trying to overpower me. I wish I had heard more encouragement when I was growing up – parents need to recognize this most important responsibility of parenthood.  If I had parents who did, I probably wouldn’t have spent so much of my early life searching and feeling more “stupid” than knowledgeable.  I may have become more “successful” or “popular” in the sense that many think. Fortunately, I was able to meet people who saw the value in my own knowledge that I often overlooked. Fortunately, I was able to meet people who taught me the value of my own self-worth. Fortunately, we all live in an age when the power of social media for good can also help those who still hear and are still sadly guided by those negative voices – still feeling worthless and powerless.

Although it has come later in life, I now see my own value and accept it. I value my own thoughts and my ideas. I value my own knowledge and the power of individual knowledge mobilization to contribute to good in this world. I may not be “successful” or “powerful” in the sense that many people still think. But I have learned that by helping even one person recognize the value of themselves – the value of their own knowledge through my own individual knowledge mobilization, I am successful and powerful – because even in helping only one person I have contributed to making the world a better place. That’s where real success comes from. It’s when I connect my own knowledge with the knowledge of others – especially now through the use of social media – that I can make the world a better place. The original meaning of the word popular is “belonging to the people”. When we make everyone feel as if they belong, we are popular – we all become popular.

Unfortunately and realistically, the world is still full of hateful, rude or unjust people who want to hurt or insult others. There are still people who live their lives thinking that demeaning others and being cruel makes them powerful. I’ve had my own share of dealing with such people in my life. But I’ve learned they’re not really in “control”. Real control is about recognizing your own self-worth, your own uniqueness and the value of your own knowledge to rise above those hateful, rude or unjust people who do nothing to make the world a better place. It’s about individual knowledge mobilization for social benefit.

The Value Of Individual Knowledge

The value of individual knowledge is what you make of it with each action you take to make the world a better place for everyone.

Knowledge & You

You know that each person has knowledge to share. What are you doing to help bring that knowledge forward?

Knowledge Key

Sharing knowledge is the key to social benefit.

The Value Of Knowledge Creation

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What is the value of knowledge creation? What is meant by value?  Value can be placed on something by any individual monetarily or emotionally. Which is more important?  I think the value of knowledge creation comes from the sharing of knowledge with others as part of social learning, and building on existing knowledge by creating new knowledge for social benefit.

When we learn from each other’s’ experiences and help each other to overcome life’s challenges by creating knowledge together – we are creating knowledge value. It’s important to encourage and support multiple sources of knowledge to create knowledge value. Knowledge of experiences that are not shared provides little social benefit.

The value of knowledge creation always needs to be understood in the context of how we share our life experiences – both personal and collective.  When we enable learning from these life experiences by creating a collective knowledge intention to make the world a better place the value of knowledge creation is clearly seen.

The value of knowledge creation seems to me to lie not only in the development of one’s own abilities but also how one has contributed knowledge for family, friends, home and community – which by its small and personal act connects to the larger whole and collective act of social benefit. Whenever a person has brought happiness to any situation in the life of a person one brings greater happiness to the world we live in.

No doubt, many people want to feel valuable or be successful. Before we die, we want to look back on our lives and know that our lives had some meaning, some value – that we accomplished many things with our knowledge that were useful and helpful to other people in the world.  What I find interesting is that my definition of “value” “knowledge” and “success” continues to change as I grow older. I see success and the value of knowledge creation in the little things that people do to connect with others to make the world a better place.

We live in a world that seems to define “value” “knowledge” and “success” with wealth, acquiring power or defeating others in direct competition.  Our “valued” “knowledgeable” and “successful” role models are wealthy athletes, movie stars, pop musicians and business people who are always in the media spotlight. We often overlook the success and value of knowledge creation by parents who have brought up their children to be loving and caring human beings. We often overlook the success and value of knowledge creation by small-business people who provide jobs and personal employee connections only to have to close down because big brand-name stores have moved into the neighbourhood – turning individual workers into little more than employee numbers. We often overlook the value of knowledge creation by artists who never find commercial success but stick to their valuable craft, the writer or poet who never publishes but continues to write – these are all people experiencing the value of knowledge creation at a smaller level – but never finding the broader public recognition of their success.

It’s in the sharing itself – not necessarily the size of the sharing that creates the value of knowledge creation. Sharing small still creates social benefit. The value of knowledge creation encompasses all aspects of your relationships – as a parent, a spouse, a partner, a friend, a citizen, a neighbour, a worker, a human being.  The value of knowledge creation comes from the sharing of individual knowledge with others in our personal lives which always builds on our collective knowledge. So keep sharing your own knowledge – and the value of your own knowledge creation will contribute to the value of knowledge creation for social benefit.

Seeking Helpful Knowledge

If you seek helpful knowledge you can find it – from anyone. Don’t be afraid to ask. We all have helpful knowledge to share.

 

Knowledge No Matter Who You Are

No matter who you are there exists in you knowledge to share. How are you sharing it?

Knowledge To Share On An Amazing Planet Of Knowledge

 Each second we live (anywhere on this planet) is a new and unique moment for knowledge, a moment that will never happen again – and what do we teach our children? We teach them how to use knowledge for useless competition or hatred, and that knowledge can be used as a weapon to gain the upper hand in life rather than using knowledge as a means of connection or peace.

When will we teach children how they can use knowledge for social benefit?

What can we say to them about knowledge? Do you know how valuable your own knowledge is? Do you know how important it is to share your own knowledge?  You are unique.  In all the years that have passed or are yet to come, there will never be knowledge like yours to help make the world a better place. Are you sharing it?

You may become a knowledge leader – you have the capacity for achievement. You can become a knowledge broker – connecting the knowledge of others in this world.  Or you may be a knowledge user – able to pass along the knowledge you gain.

Your own knowledge is important – you are of value when you use knowledge for social benefit. When we grow up, so many people use knowledge to harm those who are also able to pass along knowledge. Do you use knowledge to create greater possibilities of knowledge for everyone?

There is knowledge work to be done – we must all do knowledge work – for social benefit. We must teach this to our children.

Individual knowledge sharing is valuable!  Each of us is an important knowledge person on an amazing planet of knowledge and future possibilities.  Do you give yourself credit for that?  Probably not – most of us don’t.  Your own knowledge has importance, but it has to be shared with others to change the world. That’s how we’ve come to create a world beyond mere fear and survival so far.

Even if you don’t become a knowledge leader, you can still become a great knowledge broker or user – as long as knowledge is shared.  Much of the knowledge shared has made this world a better place so far. If you don’t see sharing your own knowledge as valuable it can be very difficult to give yourself credit for being able to create a better world beyond your own life.

Many people’s struggles and hardships are a result of the way they see themselves and their own knowledge – the way other people have told them they are lacking for so long.  What they don’t seem to realize is that those other people have a very limited view of knowledge – a limited way of seeing the world and the potential for knowledge for social benefit.

Sharing knowledge is important.  Do you share your own knowledge and believe it can help make the world a better place?  It’s important to be able to do so if you’re to be able to live this life more fully and happily, and if you’re to be able to give to the rest of the world pieces of the knowledge that you have to continue to improve it for social benefit.  You must believe it. We may not all become knowledge leaders – but we all have knowledge to share.

Knowledge To The Fullest

An opportunity to share knowledge is happening right now. What are you doing to share your knowledge to the fullest?

Value Of Personal Knowledge

Sometimes we don’t value our own personal knowledge. Our personal knowledge is what we make of it.