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

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.

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