KMbeing

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

The Courage To Share Knowledge

Our world isn’t suffering because of a lack of knowledge, or because of a lack of talent or well-intentioned people. It’s suffering because of a lack of individuals who refuse to share knowledge to make the world a better place. Our world is suffering because there is a lack of sharing individual knowledge and being open to and respecting the individual knowledge of others who can contribute to making this world a better place.

Are you contributing to the suffering of the world or are you contributing to making the world a better place?  Are you a role model who shares your own knowledge and is open to the knowledge of others, willing to support other people who are being abused, mistreated or silenced because others refuse to share knowledge or listen to the knowledge that these people can share? Or are you a person who is completely self-interested, without giving a thought to others and the knowledge that they can share to broaden or add to your own knowledge?  Remember, even if we don’t think we’re “smart enough” or “knowledgeable enough” we can still be a role model through knowledge sharing alone – people can always see what we do in our attempts to be kind to others, to listen to others, how we speak to others. People can always see how we are open to learning individual knowledge from others in the way we listen and how we share knowledge.

Yes, the world is suffering – some people in the world more than others – but I know that the world isn’t nearly as lost as it could be. Many people want to make a difference and let everyone’s voice be heard. Unfortunately, the reality is that many people still suffer needlessly at the hands of others – voices and individual knowledge are silenced.  These are the injustices that we could do something about if we would only try in our own lives with each and every person we meet.

Sometimes, it takes greater courage to speak up and share your own individual knowledge – no matter how “limited” you might think it may be or how “stupid” you think you might sound. Some people may listen. Others, unfortunately, may not. But continue anyway to let your own knowledge AND the knowledge of others be noticed to contribute to make the world a better place. Every person has a voice and every person has knowledge and experience to share. We simply need the courage to start sharing our own individual knowledge and experiences with others – and the courage to be open and listen to the knowledge of others. When such knowledge is combined for better understanding – only then will the suffering of the world start to end, and the world will become a better knowledgeable place for everyone.

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