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

Monthly Archives: April 2012

Anger & Knowledge

Anger can dominate and interfere with sharing knowledge to make the world a better place. There is incredible value and calm that comes with stepping back and breathing in calmness to think more clearly and really listen to another person’s knowledge and share your own in any situation.

A New Day Of Knowledge To Share

Each new day is filled with potential and promise to share knowledge and make the world a better place. But no one knows how it will unfold. What will you do to share knowledge today to make the world a better place?

Creating Knowledge & Letting Go

Today is a powerful day to know that your knowledge includes all of your regrets, mistakes, sorrows and disappointments – and that by letting all of them go, they can still be part of and contribute to the value of your knowledge to make the world a better place.

Social Collaboration & Knowledge

Social collaboration is about connecting knowledge with others.

Combining Knowledge

Knowledge comes from life experiences which are different for everyone – creating a diversity of knowledge. Combining this diversity of knowledge to create understanding makes the world a better place.

Knowledge After Death

Sometimes I get sad when I think about the inevitable fact that I will die someday. After all, it’s difficult for many of us to imagine the world without us in it!  I don’t know when or how I will die, but the truth of the matter is that one day I will die. I ask myself, what will I have left behind to make the world a better place? Hopefully, it will be the knowledge I have shared with others from the knowledge I have learned from others.

I have had an interesting and non-traditional life with a very different career trajectory. As many people do, I look back on the good and the bad with some regrets, but more so, I look back with happiness. I’ve made mistakes – and learned from my mistakes; then again, I have also had an opportunity to share knowledge with others to make life better and create social benefit – not as some important or influential academic, politician or celebrity, but simply as a human being who cares about others in my everyday life.

Yet, as Jann Arden sings the question that all of us wonder, “Will you remember me when I’m gone?” Will the people who will be on this planet long after we’re gone remember us – and if so, what will they remember us for?

Each of our lives are definitely able to touch those of other people, and it’s possible for us to contribute to the knowledge of the coming years by helping others to realize the importance of sharing knowledge today without worrying about how “insignificant” or unnoticeable our particular knowledge contributions are.  It’s not important whether we make a huge difference or not – but it is important whether we share knowledge or not with the intention of making the world a better place.

Each of us has knowledge to contribute to make the world a better place, and the scale doesn’t matter. Our lives are full of the potential to share and to help. Just by sharing your own knowledge about something from your own life experience that can make a difference to the quality of someone else’s life can then be passed on to someone else…and so on and so on…eventually creating new knowledge years from now for many people. And by being open to the knowledge of others and learning something new makes a difference that can also be shared and passed on to someone else.

Such knowledge may give further knowledge, combined knowledge, to many people years from now – and it’s not important if we know the results or if we don’t. When we learn the significance of individual knowledge sharing, we begin to discover the meaning of human life to connect with others and make the world a better place. The way we live each day may not seem to influence humanity on this planet, but how we share our knowledge with the web of relationships that connects all of us does. We all have the power to affect others through the knowledge we share.  We can affect those we know and those we don’t know in the world today – and in the future. Without our knowing, we may influence the lives of others in the future simply by sharing knowledge to make the world a better place today.

Making A Difference With Knowledge

You get the chance to make a difference every moment of your life to make the world a better place by sharing knowledge.

Knowledge Misunderstanding

Misunderstanding and suspicion – and the resulting tension and mistrust – make knowledge collaborations difficult. Yet making the world a better place starts with addressing such misunderstandings, facing such tensions with empathy, and working to establish informed communication and respectful knowledge collaboration.

Collective In Our Knowledge

Just as there is diversity within humanity – so there is diversity in knowledge. But just as there is something collective in our humanity – so we strive to find something collective in our knowledge.

Individual & Global Knowledge

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In my Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) KMbeing blogs I often talk about the concepts of individual and global knowledge to make the world a better place. Knowledge is something that everyone has that is active in all disciplines, fields, nations, locations, systems and individuals lives. No one person or country should have exclusivity to knowledge if the ultimate use of knowledge is to make the world a better place.

But far too often, certain disciplines, fields, nations, locations, systems or individuals think they do – especially in developed countries. This is particularly true when we consider what can be called the birthplace of all humanity – Africa.

In a previous KMbeing blog, I wrote about the use of Global Research Universities or GRUs, and I strongly recommended the concept of a portable GRU in the palm of your hand to connect our individual knowledge globally. I stated that in 2009 – according to textually.org, Africa’s digital technology was exploding across the continent as smart phone technology was increasing as much as 500 per cent. A more recent 2011 article states that Africa is now the second largest mobile phone market.

It still makes sense as a goal of higher education – and individual knowledge sharing/mobilization in general – to connect individually/globally within and from impoverished and developing countries by encouraging knowledge mobilization (KMb). Promoting such knowledge sharing through mobile technology makes the world a better place.

No doubt, Africa and other developing countries will continue to see a rise in the use of digital technology. As more individuals around the world have this type of global access and affordable cellular devices, the greater the possibility of seeing the further expansion of knowledge sharing and a more educated global population. A more educated global population makes for greater economic development worldwide, and contributes to greater well-being of all citizens – local and global.

But we must remember that we are a world of diverse knowledge, values and beliefs – north, south, east and west. To use knowledge to make the world a better place requires cooperative knowledge, cooperative values and cooperative beliefs. Using individual and global knowledge requires us to socially interact as never before – and we are incredibly fortunate that we now have the mobile technology to do so. The use of social media has advanced the ability to socially interact and mobilize knowledge across the globe with greater possibilities for global understanding and cooperation.

Using digital technology puts knowledge mobilization – literally – in the hands of everyone. With the burgeoning of digital technology in Africa and other developing countries, perhaps making the world a better place through knowledge mobilization is closer than we think.