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

The Knowledge Effect

What an effect it would have on our lives if we all share our knowledge and learn from each other to make the whole world a better place!  What an amazing effect it would have on all of our societies and cultures if we were able to teach each other how to reach each other and respect each other with combined knowledge to create new knowledge for social benefit.  How great it would be if everyone could learn that each person’s knowledge can be shared, and each person can learn from the knowledge of everyone else. Sharing knowledge – knowledge mobilization – being open to the diversity of knowledge in this world could bring amazing results to everyone in this entire world if it were shared for social benefit.

Unfortunately, though, sharing knowledge – and especially being open to the knowledge of others – doesn’t tend to be on most people’s list of high priorities each day. We often don’t ask ourselves what knowledge others have to share with us or what knowledge we have to share with others to make the world a better place; rather, we tend to act and react based on our egos. Like many things – we can be selfish with knowledge. We look at ourselves as separate from everyone else, which makes knowledge for social benefit much more difficult because we don’t feel the knowledge connections that are truly there.

Knowledge isn’t just a skill that is acquired through academics. Knowledge is also acquired through everyday experience and social connections, experiences and interactions. This type of knowledge needs to be practiced regularly with every person we meet.  It doesn’t just happen.  It takes effort by sometimes going out of our comfort zones to make this type of knowledge a recognized part of our lives for social benefit. It’s this type of knowledge mobilization that make the world a better place not just for our partners, our children or families, but also for our co-workers and all the strangers on the street and throughout the world.  If we make this type of knowledge mobilization a priority in our lives and share our knowledge with whoever we can for the purpose of social benefit, then the benefits of our efforts will be amazing, not just for ourselves and our own success, but in the lives of all the people that we touch with our knowledge – and learning from the knowledge that other people have to share with us.

2 responses to “The Knowledge Effect

  1. David Phipps January 13, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Gary’s KMbeing post makes us realize that we all have a role in KMb. Knowledge should not just inform institutional decisions about policy and practice but also inform our own decisions about our own health care, education, philanthropy, and just day to day interacting. In the academy we have peer review (as flawed as that is, and it is flawed) as a standard of quality of the knowledge produced. As we share knowledge outside of the academy is there a measure of quality control of that knowledge? Who assesses or how do we assess the quality of other forms of knowing: Aboriginal, community based, practice based evidence etc.

    • KMbeing January 19, 2012 at 7:37 am

      Thanks for your comment David. You’re so correct in stating that knowledge is not just something in the realm of academic or formal knowledge in the academy. Knowledge is something to be shared at many levels. When knowledge is shared at any level for social benefit – it’s beneficial, despite the processes of formal assessment. It may only benefit a few in one circle, but like the circles of water ripples, it can reach farther and farther – perhaps even to influence decision or policy makers – to create new knowledge and change the world for the better.

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