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

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.

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