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

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.

3 responses to “New Trees Of Knowledge

  1. Guy Snelling November 21, 2012 at 2:32 am

    “Without sharing knowledge humanity fails. Without sharing knowledge, we are like trees with no roots – no longer making the world a better place.” Gary Myers

    Gary I’d like your permission to use the above quote & credit as a footer on the title page of my powerpoint slides, and possibly on any fture papers that I may publish. One part of my job is to share 30 years of techical experience in the form of short courses. I realised recently that as I approach retirement age, it is my duty to share my knowledge with others. I tried to summarise that in “Knowledge without sharing is selfish” but I think that your quote has a better ring to it.

    • KMbeing November 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      Thanks Guy. I would be deeply honored to have you use that quote and appreciate your interest and compliment on one of my definitions of Knowledge Mobilization. I wish you all the best as you approach retirement (do we ever retire from knowledge sharing?) and look forward to future contact.

  2. Pingback: La metáfora del árbol como camino de la taxonomía a la visualización, a propósito de “The book of trees: visualizing branches of knowledge”, de Manuel Lima | We're always in the KnowGarden

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