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

Afraid To Share Your Knowledge

Have you ever been afraid to share your knowledge? It could make the world a better place. Why are you afraid?

3 responses to “Afraid To Share Your Knowledge

  1. bonniezink August 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Fear often sprouts from the unknown. Many of us hold our beliefs, values, and knowledge close to the vest for fear of our communities viewing us as being wrong. Instead of seeing this as an opportunity to grow, learn and evolve our ideas, we often see it as an attack against our hard work.

    I struggle with sharing my thoughts in public because I know I do not have all the answers. I think it comes down to the fear of being wrong. I’m working on getting over that fear.

    I’ve begun sharing my thoughts along with resources on social media. Rather than just sharing or posting an article, I am adding a short commentary about my thoughts on the piece. Since implementing this strategy I’ve learned more, widened my perspectives, and noticed an evolution of what and how I think.

    Ultimately, it is OKAY to be wrong as this is where the real learning happens!

    • KMbeing August 19, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      Thanks Bonnie for your comment. I couldn’t agree more that it’s OK to be wrong in order to learn as long as we are open to recognizing that we can learn from mistakes. Knowledge creation has often come from learning from mistakes as well as sharing knowledge. The fear of sharing knowledge for fear of being wrong is often what blocks opportunities for growth and learning – and making the world a better place. Fears stem from self-insecurities. When we begin to recognize that everyone has knowledge to share that can make the world a better place, we can let go of those fears and contribute to greater good for everyone.

      • bonniezink August 20, 2012 at 3:14 pm

        Very nicely put, Gary. I agree 100%. I think the fear and issues associated with putting ourselves out there grew exponentially once we all had access to the world wide web. Social media and social learning has opened up a whole new world, but that world comes with some strings. Sure, we have a ready-made audience that is huge, but we also have ready-made critics whose numbers grow every day. It really is all about confidence. Since I’ve connected with knowledge lovers like yourself and other colleagues, my confidence has grown and I’m now putting it all out there for the entire world to view and criticism. I learn more each and every day.

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