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

Monthly Archives: December 2011

KMbeing Knowledge Mobilization Post With The Most 2011

This is a repost of KMbeing’s most viewed post for the year 2011. My  KMbeing blog about Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) has evolved into a more philosophical and holistic approach to knowledge sharing in order to create social benefit through KMb to make the world a better place. As it has gained more popularity with this inclusive and humanist approach, it’s no wonder that one of this year’s most popular blog posts was about Knowledge & The Dalai Lama.

Knowledge & The Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama’s 18 Rules For Living (I particularly like #14).

At the start of the new millennium the Dalai Lama apparently issued eighteen rules for living. Since word travels slowly in the digital age these have only just reached me. Here they are.

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
3. Follow the three Rs:
1. Respect for self
2. Respect for others
3. Responsibility for all your actions.
4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8. Spend some time alone every day.
9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
11. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality. (And I’ll add Be open to new and different knowledge. It ‘s a way to give to others and learn from others).
15. Be gentle with the earth.
16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

A Time To Share Knowledge

Knowledge is about sharing not keeping it to yourself. Anytime is a time to share knowledge with opportunities for Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) with everyone you meet.

Knowledge Gift

Knowledge is one of the greatest gifts you can give or receive from others.

Knowledge Disappointment As Mode 2 Knowledge

According to Wikipedia:

Disappointment is the feeling of dissatisfaction that follows the failure of expectations to manifest. Similar to regret, it differs in that a person feeling regret focuses primarily on the personal choices that contributed to a poor outcome, while a person feeling disappointment focuses on the outcome itself.  It is a source of psychological stress.

I recently suffered both disappointment and stress after realizing a new career direction created an outcome that lead me to the decision to resign from the new position.  With over 15 years working in a strict environment of structured policy & procedures I took a position working for a start-up company experiencing the growing pains of fast-paced and head-spinning expansion with little structure and plenty of grey-areas in each working day. I don’t regret the choices I made to leave both careers – having experienced the two extremes of rigid structure to greater fluidity.  Experiencing the two extremes helped me quickly read the signs and realize my lack of being an adrenalin-junky made the job an unrealistic one for a slower-paced, detail-oriented and cautious individual like myself. There are always knowledge differences for each person – and each person brings these differences into each chosen career. Sometimes our knowledge differences work in a job environment and sometimes they don’t.

It was not my inability to use my knowledge skills and previous work experience to effectively and diligently complete the expected fast-paced and unexpected daily tasks that I was assigned, but the stress that I was recently experiencing,  due to non-work related and personal tasks assigned to me that interfered with my expected work,  made me realize I was beginning to feel disappointment when the failure of expectations began to manifest in the new career – not to mention how my own stress was creating stress for my husband at the end of each work day! (It also reminded me of a previous blog I wrote about 3 types of knowledge).

This is the knowledge of disappointment – and like any knowledge, it’s an important part of overall knowledge for social benefit. The knowledge of disappointment teaches us important lessons about expectations and making realistic choices.  The knowledge of disappointment also helps us learn the difference between academic, theoretical, speculative or notional knowledge and actual first-hand, empirical or observed knowledge as the lived-out experience of knowledge itself.

Angie Hart, Academic Director of the Community University Partnership Programme (CUPP) at the University of Brighton UK, and colleagues Elizabeth Maddison & David Wolff refer to this as Modes of Knowledge. In their book Community-University Partnerships in Practice, they refer to academic knowledge as Mode 1 knowledge

Mode 2 knowledge is “applied, problem-centred, transdicsiplinary, heterogeneious, hybrid, demand-driven, entrepreneurial, network-embedded” knowledge.  The book states that a person (or institution) can never move beyond the first mode of abstract knowledge for creating partnerships for social benefit without acquiring the broader, second mode of experiential knowledge.  The book also talks about further modes of knowledge to create more effective working partnerhsips – but suffice it to say…knowledge needs to be applied for social (and sometimes personal) benefit.

In short: 

You never know until you’ve tried it.

Nothing ventured – nothing gained.

No regrets – just an ongoing learning experience.

Understanding this sometimes unpleasant aspect of knowledge is also an important part of Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) – underlying the important reason for KMb – to move knowledge into action, to go beyond theorizing about knowledge in an academic setting, reading about knowledge in a peer-reviewed journal or community blog to mobilizing knowledge – turning even disappointing knowledge into action for social benefit.

I may have experienced first-hand an aspect of Mode 2 knowledgethe knowledge of disappointment – yet I can mobilize this knowledge for the benefit of others as part of the process of Knowledge Mobilization.  Ultimately, I learned another valuable lesson about myself, and by sharing this knowledge of disappointment – I hope others will benefit. For now, it looks like I’m back to being a digital researcher with more time towards being a KMb blogger.

Individual Knowledge Mobilization With Brains & Heart

I recently attended a few events that helped promote the role of knowledge brokers, social innovation and the use of social media for Knowledge Mobilization (KMb). I joined my husband the Director of the Office of Research Services & Knowledge Exchange at York University, Dr. David Phipps – who is my life partner and KMb partner.

David and I were in the UK to attend Bridging The Gap Between Research, Policy And Practice – The importance of intermediaries (knowledge brokers) in producing research impact, sponsored by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) Genomics Network.

David and Sarah Morton, Co-Director (Communication & Knowledge Exchange) at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) were session presenters for What makes a good knowledge broker? Reflections on qualities and skills. They were also joined by Amanda Cooper from the Ontario Institute for the Study of Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto for the presentation What’s the point of Web 2.0 tools for knowledge brokers?

Both presentations sparked valuable conversation about the role of professional knowledge brokers and the importance of using social media tools for KMb. I did my part in promoting individual knowledge mobilization – particularly through the use of social media.

A further event was a cocktail reception at the Toronto residence of the British Consul General, Dr. Jonathan Dart where we met several British Consulate-General staff from Canada – including Shannon Jones, Associate for the Consultate’s Science & Innovation Network, and Trevor Novak, Director for UK Trade & Investment in Canada. We informally discussed social innovation and the role of social media – particularly Twitter – for promoting KMb and social innovation. Each of these events was an opportunity to connect with individuals on an international scale and present the importance of using social media tools for social benefit and policy change beyond individual borders.

David and I have often been referred to as a KMb “power-couple” – combining more of the brains (David) and more of the heart (me) of KMb. Don’t get me wrong – David has plenty of heart and I have plenty of brains, but David is the more practical and specific “do-er” of knowledge brokering – while my approach is the more philosophical and holistic “preach-er” – in our attempts to create social benefit through KMb to make the world a better place. Our at-home KMb conversations can sometimes be intense and intellectual and are probably rather different from the usual topics of most couples! Although I do not specifically have a paying career as a researcher or knowledge broker, I do my part in promoting the KMb “community & caring-dimension” through this KMbeing blog. That being said, I have contributed as a co-author on a KMb research paper Development and dissemination of clear language research summaries for university-based knowledge mobilization (in preparation), and an Intech Open Science book chapter Social Sciences: Theories & Practices titled Applying social sciences research for public benefit using knowledge mobilization and social media (ISBN 979-953-307-527-2 to be published in 2012).  I also continue to attend various professional knowledge mobilization events. Not bad for someone who has a paying career in the hospitality industry! But this has always been one of my main points – we all have individual knowledge to share to make the world a better place regardless of credentialism or social status, and you don’t have to attend such professional events or publish papers to do your part in making the world a better place.

As many of my dedicated KMbeing blog followers know, my approach to knowledge mobilization is stressing the importance of including communityindividual voices. This is done by the promotion of worldwide knowledge sharing for social benefit by embracing social media tools – such as Twitter – for social collaboration and innovation. It’s specifically the type of social media tool like Twitter that enables knowledge sharing to happen at the speed of a Tweet.  We have only to look at this year’s Arab Spring uprising and the recent $300 million investment by Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal to see the significance that Twitter is beginning to play in the international, social and political arenas as a tool for knowledge sharing, influence and change.

My hope and intention is to change the culture of Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) to become much more strongly motivated to include all of the different voices of individual knowledge by the use of social media. Through the use of social media tools – such as Twitter and blogging (including my own KMbeing blog) – there is the possibility of changing values for all individuals worldwide to make the world a better place. When we start to see sharing our own individual knowledge with various countries and cultures through social media as an opportunity for social benefit we can begin to break down the barriers that stop new knowledge for social benefit from occurring. When we begin to share individual knowledge and ideas with other countries and cultures to overcome worldwide social problems through the use of social media tools we do begin to make the world a better place for everyone.

We are beginning to see the effects of a social media revolution that is – in my belief – a sign that heralds what we can achieve by sharing our knowledge for worldwide social benefit through social media. I’m not a scientist or a paid knowledge broker but I am interested in getting people all over the world involved in sharing individual knowledge to make the world a better place. We now live in a world where one can find online forums and other social media tools where we can share our individual knowledge in new ways that allow people to build a global village of social innovation and Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) for social benefit.

The worldwide culture of knowledge can be changed – even if you’re not a scientist or researcher – by being open to individual knowledge sharing through social media for worldwide social benefit. It’s my belief that the single most important thing we can do in knowledge sharing is continue to create general awareness among world populations by using social media tools for Knowledge Mobilization to create worldwide social benefit. It’s through that general awareness in our own individual knowledge communities that can inevitably lead all countries and cultures in the right direction – and it begins by simply talking to your friends and acquaintances in sharing your own knowledge and being open to the knowledge of others.

Just begin by asking them what knowledge they have to make the world a better place. Begin by raising awareness of the value of individual knowledge mobilization to create change for social benefit beyond the more formal world of granting agencies, funders, universities or government policy-makers. This can be done by learning to use social media tools such as Twitter for Knowledge Mobilization (KMb).

Not all of us have an opportunity or need to participate in more formal or professional KMb events that I’ve been able to attend.  You can influence social benefit with your own individual knowledge by addressing some of the fundamental questions that can make the world a better place by sharing your individual knowledge with others and being open to the knowledge of others. We all have knowledge voices to share to make the world a better place. We all can begin to embrace the kinds of knowledge sharing which leads to new methods of addressing social problems (often referred to as wicked problems) and accelerate the process of social benefit worldwide by individual knowledge mobilization.

My hope is that we will embrace such individual knowledge mobilization for social benefit – with both brains and heart – and really see this as an opportunity to reinvent our ideas of knowledge to ultimately make the world a better place.

Merry Knowledge Mobilization (KMb)

I recently took to the ice to teach some knowledge brokers from York University’s KMb Unit how to curl – very, very basic lessons like how not to fall flat on your ass when on the ice.  It was part of their annual KMb Summit.

Curling – like knowledge mobilization (sharing knowledge for social benefit) – is another of my hobbies in life.

To all of my dedicated KMbeing blog followers and to new followers – I wish you all the very best for the holiday season and all the very best for knowledge mobilization in 2012!

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Let Go Of Your “Stupidity”

Feeling stupid is something few of us like.  We want to sound intelligent but sometimes cannot let go of the uncertainties and fears – uncertainties and fears about our own ideas, beliefs, habits and thoughts and mistakes we make in comparison to other people in a negative wayFeeling stupid is simply being out of contact with our own knowledge, abilities and confidence.  Feeling stupid is about comparing ourselves to others in a negative way instead of seeing the value of our own individuality. When we feel stupid we know we are stuck and embarrassed, but we have to remember that everyone has moments of feeling stupid. The solution: recognize this and move beyond your uncertainties and fears. Stop comparing yourself to others, and have confidence in your own knowledge and abilities to move forward to let go of your “stupidity”. From moments of “stupidity” come moments of new knowledge if we let go and move forward.

Letting go of your stupidity is sometimes difficult.  We tend to hold on to those things that embarrass us or make us feel inadequate simply because we learned to whenever we feel stupid. We forget that everyone has also felt this way at one time or another. Everyone has felt stupid or inadequate. Were our teachers or parents enlightened people to help us recognize this, or were only the “smart” people or actions always pointed out and rewarded.  “Smart” people?  “Stupid” people?  All of us have fallen into these categories at one time or another. Were our teachers or parents focused on teaching us what was best for us as unique individuals, or on strictly passing on their own brand of knowledge – something that worked for them but which might not have been best for us?

Our own knowledge is about looking at the new, the untried, the different – and making mistakes. Making mistakes is how we learn and acquire more knowledge.  Our knowledge lies in growth – and the one constant in growth is change.  Without change, there is no growth, and without letting go of yesterday’s beliefs and ideas of “stupidity” there’s no room for new knowledge.

There’s something limiting about hanging on to our own “stupidity”. It can be like carrying a large rock tied to us that weighs us down and prevents us from moving forward and acquiring more knowledge. In some ways it can represent “failure” – but in many ways, failure is the best way to learn and gain knowledge.  Sticking to our “stupidity” and not moving forward from our mistakes is like putting up a curtain in front of our windows and not letting in the sunlight of new knowledge. We are stuck in the darkness of our own “stupidity” and we believe in it and think we are the only ones to have ever felt stupid.

We have to be active in letting go of our own sense of stupidity – having the confidence to move forward and learn new knowledge from our failures and mistakes.  We have to consider that everyone has felt stupid – and let that be the only comparison we make with others. We have to value our own individuality and learning abilities and stop comparing ourselves to others. Have confidence in your own knowledge, learn new knowledge from your failures and mistakes – and let go of your “stupidity”.

Highways Of Knowledge


On the highway of life sometimes we have knowledge to share and sometimes others have knowledge to share with us. Take each of these moments as opportunities for Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) to make the world a better place.

Knowledge As It Is

Do you have the ability to accept other people’s knowledge as it is rather than as you might wish it to be?

Stand Tall In Your Own Knowledge

When you come to a place in your life where you only have the best intentions to share your own knowledge with others to make the world a better place, it can take you by surprise when others questions your knowledge and your good intentions. Stand tall and know this is an opportunity for further knowledge.