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

Monthly Archives: March 2012

Individual Knowledge For Humanity

One of the best parts of a person’s life is the ability to share knowledge with kindness and love for all humanity.

I am always a bit disappointed when I hear people say they do not have any knowledge to share – or have no ability to make humanity any better.  People may think they have no knowledge to share, but everyone is full of life experiences that have created individual knowledge that can be shared with the rest of us. If the intention of sharing that knowledge is to make the world a better place – including even in the life of one other person it is shared with – then it can be valuable knowledge.

I get disappointed because individuals devalue themselves when they devalue their own knowledge.  If I share my knowledge today as a way of sharing personal experience, someone else may remember it for the rest of their life – and it may move them on tomorrow to do completely new and different things to make the world a better place as they learn from my knowledge. They might even combine my knowledge with their own knowledge to do something valuable for someone else today.

One of the best parts of our lives is making connections with other people – those close to us or even on the other side of the planet. We can fill each day with such a diversity of knowledge sharing – and it takes very little effort when all is said and done.  I can share a piece of my knowledge with someone else or be open to learning from the knowledge of others. All it takes is really listening to another person and sharing what we know through our individual life experiences.

Sharing knowledge is not expensive – and it doesn’t have to be highly “intellectual”.  It just has to come from a place of wanting to make the world better for everyone. If each of us can take a moment each day to share knowledge to make the world a better place then we definitely will one person at a time – one piece of knowledge at a time – for all humanity.


Love Yourself Because Of Your Knowledge

Love yourself because of the knowledge you have, not because of the knowledge you don’t have – but always strive to improve your knowledge, share your knowledge with others and learn from the knowledge of others to make the world a better place.

Your Knowledge Is Always Right?

When the need to think your knowledge is always right takes over every other emotion – you have to importantly ask yourself why your knowledge can’t be wrong or improved.

Describing Your Knowledge

Everyone has knowledge to share. How would you best describe your knowledge?

Knowledge To Change The Problems

Knowledge helps you either change the problems that are bothering you or helps change yourself to overcome the problems.

New Trees Of Knowledge

Knowledge is like trees that continue to grow with many individual branches and leaves – nourished by our individual drops of knowledge water. At the roots, the drops of individual knowledge water are shared to nourish and create new knowledge roots and understanding; it develops stronger and stronger knowledge roots through a diversity of  knowledge drops that extends to a diversity of  knowledge branches and leaves. Knowledge continues to grow only as the individual knowledge water drops nourish the knowledge roots, branches and leaves through knowledge sharing – creating a forest of new trees of knowledge.

Knowledge is something all of us have.  All of us have it because our diversity of  life experiences provide each of us with a diversity of knowledge.  We all have knowledge – but how we use our knowledge can make us weak and faint or strong and giving.  Without sharing our knowledge we all become weak – like a tree without water that cannot extend its roots.  Without sharing knowledge humanity fails.  Without sharing knowledge, we are like trees with no roots – no longer making the world a better place.  We turn inward and begin to feed upon our own personalities, insecurities and lack of nourishment –  and little by little we destroy ourselves and we help to destroy the world.  Sharing knowledge can make us creative and help us grow.  Sharing knowledge can create understanding.  Sharing knowledge can create a forest of trees. Sharing knowledge helps us understand our connections to others on this planet and to help others understand our common diversity and common humanity.

I believe very strongly that all of us have knowledge to share. I believe that all of us have knowledge inside of ourselves, knowledge that we can share – if we are also open to the knowledge of others to make the world a better place. If I don’t think I have knowledge to share, if I don’t allow myself to share my individual knowledge with others or be open to the individual knowledge of others, then my life becomes an empty, desolate place in which I slowly destroy myself with a lack of nourishment – and also help destroy humanity and the world we live in.

How do we share our knowledge if we don’t feel we have knowledge to share?  I don’t think it’s a question of not having knowledge, but rather a question of not letting our knowledge out.  Individual knowledge always comes from individual experience. We all have knowledge from experience – we can’t be without it.  Many of us, though, learn early in life how to block sharing knowledge, how to keep it inside ourselves so that we don’t ever face the risk of being embarrassed or hurt.  It doesn’t work, of course, because we end up missing opportunities to make the world a better place by contributing with whatever knowledge we have – if all have knowledge to make the world a better place.

Holding our knowledge inside is like having a large quantity of water locked away and unmoving that we could use to quench the thirst of many people – to water each tree – but that we keep hidden from view, keeping it all to ourselves so that no one can benefit from us.  And while we may keep others from having it, very soon two things will happen  – the water will become stagnant and it will become undrinkable and lacking nourishment – and the trees will die without water.  The water’s potential to quench the thirst of so many people and energize the trees is lost.

I like to think that each person’s knowledge when shared – like a forest of strong rooted trees – has the potential to make the world a better place.  I sometimes still have a hard time sharing my own knowledge, for I have a hard time convincing myself that others can benefit from my knowledge, but I do try, and I get a little better at it with each day that passes.  But I know that sharing my knowledge and learning from the knowledge of others is one of the most important aspects of my life, and contributes to making the world – with all its diversity of knowledge – a better place. So let’s continue watering new trees of knowledge.

Diversity For Knowledge

Exposure to diversity is important for acquiring knowledge to make the world a better place.

Collective Knowledge Seeing Clearly

Society has to be better than the individual. Collective knowledge is therefore better than individual knowledge which is often darkened by our own individual blindness.  Sharing knowledge helps the whole world see clearly.

David Phipps: Promoting KMb-Knowledge Mobilization (Or Mobilisation) Across The Ocean

David Phipps, Director of Research Services & Innovation Services at York University in Toronto has recently been published as a guest writer in the Higher Education section of The Guardian newspaper in the U.K.

In the first of a what promises to be a very interesting four-part series, Phipps introduces the concept of knowledge mobilization (KMb) or mobilisation – with an “s” as the British like to spell it – writing about the use of KMb within institutions to maximise the impact of academic research on public policy and professional practice.Phipps emphasizes the importance of Social Sciences & Humanities (SSH) within academia as a mode of research that can embrace KMb to help solve wicked problems “such as poverty, housing, immigration, climate change, security, Aboriginal issues and social determinants of health” – to name a few. (See my previous blog for a further perspective on wicked problems).

Phipps rightly points out that universities are the main producers of new SSH research knowledge, but that they will not benefit society if scholars limit themselves to traditional academic approaches of communicating such new knowledge. Phipps states, “Knowledge mobilisation is the process of connecting academic SSH research to non-academic decision-makers so that this research informs decisions about public policy and professional practice. Knowledge mobilisation (the process) can enable social innovation (the outcome).”

Phipps writes from an academic perspective focusing on how universities and other formal institutions can benefit from KMb to create social innovation. Social innovation is for social benefit – combining existing knowledge to create new knowledge to overcome the wicked problems that continue to plague our world, and ultimately to make the world a better place.

 My more informal and holistic approach asks how each one of us can mobilize our own knowledge to connect with others – even in more familiar environments – to contribute to this process of social benefit.

What are you doing in your own life to use your own knowledge to connect with the knowledge of others? What are you doing in your own life to combine your own knowledge with the knowledge of others to create new knowledge to overcome wicked problems?

The Phipps articles take the concept of KMb across the ocean – from Canada to the UK – hopefully promoting a valuable tool for social innovation and social benefit that perhaps might begin to spread globally to help address and overcome many of this planet’s wicked problems. The rest of the series takes a past, present and future approach to include the past origins of KMb, present KMb services, and the future of KMb with predictions on where the field is going or needs to go.

I agree with Phipps that traditional and formal academic approaches have not been successful in solving many of these social problems. Perhaps it’s time to also include informal and personal approaches to knowledge mobilization in each of our lives to address such social problems in order to make the world a better place for everyone.

I hope you’re looking forward to reading the rest of the articles as much as I am.

Knowledge Diversity

Regardless of race, color, national origin, religious belief or disbelief, sex, gender identity, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age or sexual orientation – we all have knowledge to share and knowledge to learn to make the world a better place.