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

Unconditional Knowledge

Knowledge – like love and compassion – is best when it’s unconditional.  Unconditional knowledge opens many doors.

2 responses to “Unconditional Knowledge

  1. David Phipps October 7, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Unconditional knowledge is an ideal. All knowledge is conditional because it is socially constructed. Knowledge is also not created or applied in a vacuum. Absent a vacuum it is created or applied in a value system that imparts context on the knowledge. That’s why we need knowledge brokers – honest, trusted knowledge brokers who can translate from context to context, minimizing risk whan applying knowledge across domains.

    Therefore knowledge is never unconditional. Nor is love…however, infatuation likely is unconditional.

    • KMbeing October 7, 2011 at 9:21 am

      Thanks David for your comment. I agree with you that unconditional knowledge is an ideal – as is unconditional love, but still something to strive for to make our world a better place. Realistically, there will always be limits that must be placed on certain elements of life in order for one to not be taken advantage of, walked over in a selfish way, or to avoid going to extremes. All these conditions are necessary to avoid harm or something that can been seen as negative. However, the unconditionality I am referring to is the expansion of knowledge in a more beneficial way by not limiting our knowledge to a certain few or means. When we strive to go beyond the conditions we place in life we begin to see that things once thought impossible can be possible. So, my use of the term unconditional knowledge is used in this way.

      I also agree that knowledge brokers are ideal for moving us beyond limited and conditioned knowledge. Knowledge brokers help see potential beyond one type of knowledge by bridging and translating from context to context – always striving for something beyond certain conditions. Knoweldge brokers connect beyond conditions. Things may never be ideal, but when we strive towards ideals for improvement we are striving beyond limiting conditions.

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