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

The Knowledge Choice

Never ever forget that you have knowledge to share to make the world a better place – and no one can ever take that away from you. But it’s your choice whether you want to share your own knowledge for social benefit, ignore the individual knowledge you have to give, or simply use your own knowledge for selfish gain.  It always is.  We live in an age that has emerged into a world where “higher levels” of academic or formal knowledge are more praised, and sometimes we forget the value of our personal experiences as common knowledge for social benefit.  “If you had my job you would see there’s not much knowledge to share.”  “If you had my life, you wouldn’t have time to share knowledge.”  “My boss never gives me a chance to share knowledge.” “My knowledge has no value.” “My family and friends would think I’m some kind of tree-hugging weirdo.”

In other words – “Let someone else share their knowledge to make the world a better place – not me!”

The fact is, however, sharing knowledge to make the world a better place is up to everyone on this earth – and is always our choice.  No matter how bad things are on this planet, we all have the ability to provide social benefit beginning with ourselves when we share our own experiences and knowledge with others to help – not hinder – them.

Yet knowledge is not simply a one-way street. In return, being open to the knowledge of others and learning from their experiences to make the world a better place is also always our choice. Knowledge is something multi-directional as it is shared with the multitude of people we live with on this earth. When such knowledge is combined it becomes the force of change for new knowledge to make the world better for everyone.

One of the greatest lessons in life is that everyone has knowledge to share. Unfortunately, we often let our knowledge be the result of reactions rather than of actions.  When our own knowledge is ignored or we disagree with someone else’s knowledge we let our attitudes change as a result of that happening. Remember, each of us has our own “truth”. “Truth” is not knowledge. There are many “truths” – just as there is a diversity of knowledge. When someone insults our knowledge or hurts us, we let our attitudes reflect the “victimization” that we feel rather than the power of who we are collectively as people – all human beings with a diversity of knowledge to share. Trying to convert someone to your “truth” is not the same as sharing knowledge.

One of the secrets to having a consistently positive attitude towards making the world a better place is to share our knowledge and learn from the knowledge of others – to realize that when we ignore the experiences and knowledge of others, we ignore opportunities to combine our knowledge to make the world a better place. It’s not about whose knowledge is “better” or “true” – it’s about combining knowledge to make the world a better place. See the difference?

Our attitudes should be the result of combined decisions – not reactions against each other.  Once I decide that I have valuable knowledge to share and am open to the valuable knowledge that others have to share with me, I am consistently trying to make the world a better place.  Only when I’m consistent in this type of personal knowledge mobilization (KMb) will the world start to change for the better.

Everything in the world we want to do or get done, we must do with and through other people. Don’t forget the combined efforts of individuals to provide us with the many things we have in our lives – and often take for granted. Every person on the street, every person we interact with is a human being. All of us are individuals – each different from any other person who ever lived – but all of us are collectively human beings and people with knowledge to share.

What matters the most are the choices we make – to share our knowledge to make the world a better place, ignore the value of our own knowledge, or use our knowledge for selfish gain. The knowledge choice is always yours.

 

One response to “The Knowledge Choice

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