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

Knowledge Contagion For Social Benefit

When people are connected to other people more fully by knowledge we all experience greater well-being and happiness.  Knowledge can connect complete strangers from around the world in understanding and empathy if it is shared for social benefit.  This is the most fundamental reason for Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) – greater social benefit.  KMb is about social benefit not for limited and selfish reasons, but for striving to improve our overall human condition – for everyone on this planet.

But far too often as we learn and grow up we think that our individual knowledge is all about serving only ourselves in our own individual lives and not for other people far beyond us, perhaps half-way around the world.  Culturally, we tend to think of our knowledge with selfish attitudes that keep us focused on what’s best for us in our families or our own country, culture or continent – what will keep us happy ahead of anyone else.  However, pursuing that particular type of selfish knowledge path does not end up making us happy – and as we’ve seen historically, it continues to lead to further disregard, ignorance, hatred and war.

Really happy people are the ones who are open to hearing other peoples’ knowledge and experiences – who also share their own individual knowledge and experiences with others for something beyond themselves.  Such knowledge mobilization usually starts in smaller ways that – when joined together – creates change on a wider-scale.  The world-wide-web has given each of us an opportunity to share our own individual knowledge or share the troubles another person is going through anywhere on this planet.  More recent events have shown us that social media sites like Twitter provide real-time opportunities to link with other people and gain knowledge about their life-threatening struggles.  Or social media can simply be used to learn more about other people, their families, countries or cultures – all life experiences and knowledge shared in the hopes of creating a world of greater understanding and social benefit.

We now live in a world where sharing individual knowledge is easier than ever – but far too often still supressed. Being able to provide encouragement and knowledge when it seems necessary and appropriate are important aspects of knowledge mobilization – giving of our individual knowledge and sharing experiences with the hope of helping someone else anywhere in the world – and ultimately everyone in the world we live in.

When you think about your own life and individual knowledge, do you think about how your own knowledge can help others rather than just yourself?  When you share your abilities, talents or skills – no matter how small or insignificant you think they may be – do you also think how this knowledge can serve others far beyond yourself?

The greater meaning of life is about sharing knowledge with others – and in this day and age of social media we can so more easily do this to connect with anyone in the world. We have an opportunity to do this not just for our little corner of the world – but for all in the world. The question is: are we aware of this fact and doing all that we can to serve others beyond our little corners of the world, or are we trying to limit our human knowledge by ignoring the experiences or knowledge of others (that may be different from our own) to accomplish such an important task for all of humanity?  If the use of social media has taught us anything – especially with the use of Twitter to share real-time, life-changing, historic events and knowledge – it is that we can connect our own knowledge and experiences beyond ourselves and our little corners of the world to share our common and important human connections of finding greater happiness and social benefit for everyone.

How often have you shared your seemingly small and insignificant knowledge of your life and experience in your corner of the world with others far away to help others?  Knowledge can be contagious, and knowledge mobilization as a means of helping others for greater social benefit is the best type of contagion of all.


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