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

Prioritizing Knowledge

Have you ever thought about how we prioritize knowledge? Far too often we focus on the knowledge of academics or professionals and forget that everyone has knowledge to contribute if such knowledge is used for social benefit to make the world a better place for all of us. How often have we prioritized the more “important” knowledge of academics and professionals and overlooked the contributions that can be made by the knowledge of individual experiences? This is not to say that academic or professional knowledge doesn’t greatly contribute to social benefit – but we can create even wider social benefit when knowledge is combined (from all walks of life) to create new knowledge and perspectives with more understanding.

When we all take the time to strengthen ties of knowledge between rich and poor, professional or non-professional, educated or non-educated, old or young, religious or non-religious, healthy or sick – we can develop greater opportunities to create new knowledge together. It’s this new knowledge creation – especially through Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) – that brings about greater social benefit.

I know from personal experience the difficulty of being the kind of person who will always make time for knowledge that is different from my own – especially in a world of people who put more importance on academic or professional knowledge than on the “trivial” knowledge of lived experiences that all of us can share – no matter who we are, or where we come from.

As we prioritize knowledge and focus more on the knowledge of academics or professionals, we may overlook the valuable knowledge of everyday people. When we prioritize knowledge in this way we become more fragmented as individuals, as cultures – and as human beings.

When we don’t take the time to connect with our fellow human beings, through knowledge sharing, we fail to see the richness and value for social benefit in another person’s knowledge as they share the knowledge of themselves.

Through knowledge sharing we create new knowledge – which can be used for social benefit. This knowledge can reach beyond the isolation of our own communities – no matter where we live – when we decide to prioritize the knowledge of everyone as a community of human beings.

One response to “Prioritizing Knowledge

  1. ResearchImpact (@researchimpact) September 15, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    The nature of knowledge and hirearchies of knowledge is debated by many in the “knowledge discipline”. Many feel that the most robust form of evidence is a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. That’s valuable knowledge. The traditional knowledge of First Nations is also valuable. Because knowledge is not a constant, value is created by placing knowledge in context. It is the context that makes knowledge “valuable” not the knowledge itself. So I agree with Gary that there are many forms of knowledge including academic knowledge but they only become valuable when placed in a social context where these different knowledges can be applied. I believe “they” call this epistomology.

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