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

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One of the unfortunate contradictions of our time is that we have more knowledge and the ability to share our knowledge faster with greater numbers of people in the world than ever in our history – and yet we still have poverty, homelessness, climate change, hatred and war. These harms are referred to by social scientists as wicked problems.

It’s pretty amazing to think about the vast amount of knowledge that we have available to us to share with billions of people to make the world a better place than ever in the history of humanity.  Social media, for example, gives us huge amounts of knowledge – global knowledge to share, to share more quickly, to translate more easily – and yet, these social problems still exist.

We can communicate with people anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice, and we have almost instantaneous access to knowledge that…

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Sharing Knowledge As The Greatest Value Of All

I believe that the sign of a truly great person is his or her use of knowledge – no matter how extensive or limited – to make the world a better place.  I don’t mean knowledge that is necessarily from an academic degree. But rather, people who have a feeling that the knowledge they have through life experience – techniques, ideas, inspirations, how-to’s, thoughts, skills and points of view – can be used for good and not harm for making the world a better place.  And they see this knowledge in every other person – and the possibility of sharing such knowledge with every other person for social benefit.

One of my great goals in life is to bring greater awareness to knowledge mobilization (KMb) – sharing knowledge and creating new knowledge for social benefit.  I feel that if I’m able to share my knowledge and learn from the knowledge of others to make the world a better place, my life will become much easier, and such knowledge sharing can begin to contribute to greater understanding worldwide. If I truly value knowledge, I will see the incredible value of knowledge in every single person that I meet, no matter what their current state, position or academic standing in life.  If I’m able to see this, I can be a much more effective knowledge mobilizer, and I can help people see the value of their own knowledge – believing in it and sharing it to make the world a better place.

Since I find sharing knowledge and receiving knowledge to be so important, I try to remind myself constantly that every moment is an opportunity for knowledge sharing to make the world a better place.

If I don’t take opportunities to seek out the knowledge of others and only take credit for the knowledge I share in my life, then I really have no chance at making the world a better place.  I also have little chance of being able to help other people see the value of sharing their own knowledge and understand the importance of sharing this knowledge for greater benefit.  One of the most important aspects of our collective humanity is that we all have some knowledge to share – it’s how we share it for good or harm that makes the difference. Knowledge sharing or knowledge mobilization (KMb) is a key that opens up greater opportunities for this world on an extremely valuable level – for sharing knowledge to make the world a better place is the greatest value of all.

Knowledge Insecurity

When you need a cure for your feeling insecure about your own knowledge, think about how you can contribute to making the world a better place by sharing your knowledge with someone else and you will see your mood change.

Knowledge Value

How do you value knowledge to make the world a better place?

Knowledge For Better Health

Sharing your knowledge to make the world a better place is better for your health and for everyone else around you.

Individual Flames Of Knowledge

Every person’s knowledge and all moments of sharing knowledge are potential opportunities to make the world a better place.  There is no person’s knowledge and no time when knowledge sharing is more important than if the purpose is for social benefit.  Many people believe that sharing knowledge in professional and academic ways are the only times when knowledge has value. This removes the majority of people from the responsibility for participating in sharing and receiving anyone’s knowledge to make the world a better place to live in. When sharing knowledge contributes to better understanding and improvement of this vast world we live in – no matter with whom or how it is shared – it is valuable.

It’s pretty amazing to think that my knowledge is just as valuable as many of the people who have spent years in academia, becoming “great and intelligent scholars” and being well known for their vast knowledge.  Somehow we start to think that these people have all the knowledge that can save the world, and better opportunities to do so.  But that’s simply not true.  Every person’s knowledge is valuable if it is shared with the intention of contributing to making the world a better place. Yes, there are some people who accumulate vast amounts of knowledge and accomplish knowledge sharing on broader scales than others – but that doesn’t mean that this type of knowledge or knowledge sharing is better than others. To make the world a better place for everyone requires valuing everyone’s knowledge if it is shared with the intention of social benefit.

When we start to see our own knowledge and the potential of knowledge sharing to contribute to social benefit as somehow less than others, it opens the door to our not seeing ourselves as a desirable source of social benefit for others. Everyone, through life experiences, has acquired knowledge – it’s how you use that knowledge and how you share that knowledge that creates value. This includes how we give advice, share our thoughts and opinions, and remain open to the advice, thoughts and opinions of others.  We don’t always have to agree, but sharing this type of knowledge can lead to better understanding for everyone. It’s how we resolve the disagreements through knowledge sharing that leads to new knowledge and understanding.

Often, we tend to adopt the knowledge of those who are “smarter” than us, not trusting ourselves to be a valid source of knowledge.  When we begin to see our own knowledge as valuable if we share it with the intention for social benefit that is inclusive and respectful of all in our common humanity – our knowledge has value. When we begin to see this, we can begin to make the world a better place for everyone.

We tend to think that valuable knowledge only comes from academics or scientists, and that we ourselves don’t have valuable knowledge to share.  By thinking this way, we are excusing ourselves from any responsibility for making the world better. Everyone’s knowledge and the opportunities to share this knowledge are unique opportunities for making the world better.

We live on a small planet in a vast universe.  Through human history we have progressed forward in recognizing our common humanity – but we have also faltered in fighting each other. When we begin to see the value of each person’s knowledge and all moments of sharing knowledge as potential opportunities to make the world a better place, we continue to progress, not falter.  We all have a place on this earth – we all have knowledge to share; but what is most important is how we use this knowledge that creates value.

Accept this reality about your own knowledge – that your knowledge has value if you use it for social benefit. You are a unique human being who has a place on this earth that no one else can fill. Acknowledge that you have knowledge to share as others do with you. This type of knowledge sharing will form the foundation of a happier, peaceful and satisfying humanity for everyone. Then, as you accept and respect your own knowledge, your own knowledge will be like a flame igniting the flame of others.  Like lighting another person’s candle, your own knowledge is not diminished when it shared, but will shine outward and connect with all the knowledge of others to accept and respect all the knowledge of your fellow human beings.


Allowing Knowledge

How do you allow the people you know to share their knowledge to make the world a better place?

Gratitude For Knowledge

Gratitude for knowledge that makes the world a better place keeps negativity in perspective.

Sharing Knowledge To Eliminate Marginalization

Many social factors contribute to the marginalization of communities, families and individuals – such as poverty, racism, sexism, classism, homophobia and so on…what are you doing to share knowledge to help eliminate these negative factors to make the world a better place?

The Bigger Picture Of Knowledge Connections

Each day is an opportunity to share all the knowledge that you can to make the world a better place.  You don’t need to over think it – or to push knowledge on other people by trying to share the most “intelligent” or “academic” parts of knowledge. Sharing life experiences as knowledge and being open to the life experiences of others as knowledge with the purpose of making the world a better place for everyone is all it takes. Don’t try to be an intellectual.  It’s not so much the number of the things you know but the sharing of knowledge from life experiences to create better understanding and empathy with others that counts if it can contribute to social benefit. Knowledge sharing for this purpose makes a single life a success. With enough people sharing knowledge for this purpose, you have a successful community, country, continent – and planet.

I’ve always been the type of person who likes to see things as smaller pieces of a bigger picture.  For any great accomplishment, many smaller pieces had to be finished in order to create the bigger goal.  There’s a great saying that a long journey is made up of many footsteps. When I keep this in mind, I’m not too hard on myself for not knowing everything – rather, I’m happy to share the knowledge I have with those I meet –  or listen to the knowledge that others have to share with me if I know it might make things better for life in general. Every knowledge connection we make in our lives can have an outward ripple effect to connect with all the knowledge shared on this planet. One never knows the knowledge shared with one person that can be combined with the knowledge of other people to create greater knowledge for everyone – all from the knowledge of one person. And that one person can always be you.

Everyone has life experiences. Everyone has knowledge to share. Do you choose to share it for benefit or harm?

Sometimes I have great knowledge connections with others when I am open to learn something new – or help someone else deal more effectively with a situation based on my own life experience. After all, one day each of us is going to die, and I’m pretty sure that when that happens, I’m not going to regret not having spent more time doing physical work over making knowledge connections. When that time comes, I’m going to be more grateful for having spent more time with loved ones, learning about the lives of others and the world around me, and for having done my best to share knowledge to make the world a better place from the place I live in this world.  I’ll be glad for the time I’ve spent interacting and learning from other people, and not necessarily for the time I’ve spent getting things done. It’s not about the amount of knowledge – it’s about the knowledge connections.