KMbeing

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

The Wide & Small World Of Knowledge

Just because you can share your knowledge in a university or institution or at a business conference or work environment or over the Internet doesn’t mean you can’t share your knowledge with anyone in a less formal setting. It doesn’t mean you can’t share your knowledge with that person sitting right beside you. Professional or Academic knowledge is not always better knowledge.  It’s what you do with knowledge that counts. Vast amounts of knowledge can stay confined within professional circles or data bases and never do anything to make the world a better place.

Knowledge needs action to create social benefit. The wider the knowledge is shared to make the world a better place the greater the social benefit. The more knowledge is shared with everyone to make the world a better place the greater the social benefit. This is what Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) is all about.

Having an academic degree or being a professional doesn’t make us better people.  Having a whole world of information at our fingertips through the Internet doesn’t make us any more knowledgeable at all – it just means that we have access to more information than people used to have access to. It’s what you do with that information to turn it into knowledge to make the world a better place that counts.

Many of us mistake information as knowledge – or even wisdomThere is a difference. Knowledge isn’t just about knowing things – we have to understand them, continue to question them and share them to appreciate and experience the values behind them. Wisdom is taking this knowledge to the next step – turning knowledge into action for social benefit. If we’re going to be wise, we can’t just share facts and figures – we have to share the why’s and how’s that are the experiences of knowledge. We must reach a deeper understanding of most things and then share that understanding with others – while also continuing to learn from others – or else our knowledge will be for nothing.

Knowledge isn’t about using big words – most knowledge is about the everyday things and experiences in their simplicity that can make the world a better place.  Knowledge isn’t having the answers for everything – it’s about allowing others to continue to teach us while also sharing our own knowledge to create new knowledge to help solve social problems.

So often we’re tempted to think a person is wise because they “know” more about a particular subject – but quantity doesn’t mean quality. Sharing knowledge – connecting diverse knowledge and creating new knowledge for social benefit – is what counts. Turning knowledge into action for social benefit is an on-going and lifelong process for everyone. We can share all the information we want with anyone in the world to reach much farther through the Internet and telecommunications than we ever have before – but distance doesn’t mean as much as depth. Knowledge is about sharing with that person sitting right beside you to make the world a better place!

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