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

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.


2 responses to “Individual Flames Of Knowledge

  1. researchimpact May 28, 2012 at 6:16 am

    In a meeting recently with the Governor General Budd Hall (UVic Office of Community Based Research) spoke of different knowledge cultures and the need to value different knowledges. This is particularly true when working with our First Nations colleagues who have valuable knowledge to contribute but who have only recently started having the academic establishment understand the complementary value of their knowledge. Academic scholars are beginning to embrace different forms of knowing but academic institutions struggle with valuing these different knowledge cultures.

    • KMbeing May 30, 2012 at 7:07 am

      Thanks for your comment. I agree – there are many types of knowledge in this diverse world we live in. Finding the common connection in our humanity while recognizing the diversity in our knowledge is what moves us forward to be collectively better.

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