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

Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Ever-Changing Knowledge Of Our Collective Humanity

Why do we believe in the idea that knowledge is something that we attain and once we attain it – it never changes? It’s this view that limits our collective human understanding when we believe that knowledge is somehow “set in stone”.  It’s more like footprints on a beach.

Yes, as human beings, we can be creatures of habit, we can be territorial and we can be very guarded about our belief systems – even to the point of war. We fear change and things that are different from our own personal viewpoints. As human beings we want “security” and “stability” in our comfort zones, but ironically are willing to fight each other about our knowledge differences to “win” even more territory on the shifting sands of “security” and “stability”. But we never win fighting for this type of “knowledge”.  The waves of change always occur.

We think our own knowledge and the collective knowledge of our own groups, cultures, nations, lifestyles, and religions are the only knowledge to be attained – and once we have this “true” knowledge – it never needs to change. Everyone else can have their own “false” knowledge – but our knowledge is actually the “true” knowledge. But this way of thinking is really only caused by a desire for things to stay the same and seek “security” and “stability” in our own desires to expand our own comfort zones – like footprints in the sand.

This is a false sense of understanding knowledge and a false sense of understanding the evolution of our humanity on this planet. With this type of stagnant thinking we will always be held back from our collective human potential. Everyday, the world is filled with change, and there will always be differences from our own personal viewpoints. This has always been a part of our human history.

Human advancement and understanding have always occurred in our human history when we’ve decided to step beyond our own comfort zones of “security” and “stability” – especially in our understandings of knowledge. When we are open to the knowledge of others and share our own knowledge with human cooperation and not fear, only then will it lead us to greater worldwide security and stability. We will then have attained the knowledge of human understanding. But this knowledge does not stop there.

The process of knowledge is an on-going flow, not containment. Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) is the overall flow and ongoing and constant input and development and creation of new knowledge. It is the open process of putting available knowledge into active service to benefit not just one particular group, culture, nation, corporation, organization or religion – but for the greater benefit of all in society.

No experience is ever exactly the same as any other – just as no person is exactly the same as any other. As each moment is different – so is each knowledge moment Trying to “attain” knowledge as something unchangeable will lead you on a limiting search. But if you pursue knowledge with an open-mind and expectation of the ongoing process and flow of knowledge you might very well find greater happiness in your life – and a deeper understanding of our ever-changing humanity.

Do we need to be considered “super intelligent” to have knowledge? Do we have to have an academic degree to have knowledge? Do we have to be wealthy to have knowledge? No, we just have it.  Each second, each minute of our lives creates individual knowledge – from personal experiences – waiting to be shared with others – and received from others.  Wherever we are, any time, we have the capacity to share our individual knowledge, our life experiences; even the parts we think aren’t “worthy”.  We all have opportunities to teach and learn from others – which contribute to making this world a better place.

If we spend all of our energy trying to “attain” unchangeable knowledge we miss out on the daily flow and process of knowledge. It’s like trying to hold back the waves from washing away the footprints on a beach.  When we are open to learning and sharing knowledge with others we have the opportunity to let the diversity of knowledge come into our lives and transform our own knowledge and the ever-changing knowledge of our collective humanity.

Knowledge For Collective Human Understanding

Change to make the world a better place for everyone has never happened quickly, but patience and perseverance can pay off. One of the more powerful ways to overcome our differences to make the world a better place for everyone is by sharing our knowledge worldwide through knowledge mobilization – which can lead to a global vision and collective human understanding. We are all human and we all have knowledge to share. It’s how we create together our collective knowledge that will make the world a better place.

Good or Useful Knowledge

All knowledge is good – but not all knowledge is useful. It’s what we do with knowledge that makes it useful. When we make knowledge useful it makes the world a better place. What are you doing to make your knowledge useful?

Knowledge Appreciation

In what ways do you appreciate other people’s knowledge? In what ways do you appreciate your own knowledge?

Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) Clear Language Research Field Note: My Contribution

I’m excited to announce the recent publication and my contribution as co-author of a Field Note Describing the Development and Dissemination of Clear Language Research Summaries for University-Based Knowledge Mobilization

Along with Dr. David Phipps, the Director of Research Services and Knowledge Exchange at York University in Toronto, and Krista Jensen, York University’s Knowledge Mobilization Officer,  and Michael Johnny, Manager, Knowledge Mobilization at York University, I was privileged to be part of the research and writing team. It was a great honour to work with David, Krista and Michael – especially during my time volunteering in the Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) Unit at York University.

David, Krista and I also had a recent publication in which I was able to contribute as a co-author of an In-Tech Book Chapter entitled Applying Social Sciences Research for Public Benefit Using Knowledge Mobilization and Social Media.

As a Community-based participant and contributor to Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) it is my hope that these works will help promote the continued use of KMb for everyone to make the world a better place for everyone.

Never Regard Sharing Knowledge As Something Only “Intellectuals” Can Do

Never regard sharing knowledge as something only “intellectuals” can do. Sharing knowledge – for anyone – is a daily opportunity to influence and contribute to the knowledge of the world if we share knowledge with the intention of social benefit.

Sharing knowledge is not just about sharing knowledge from our minds – it’s also about sharing knowledge from our hearts. We can all contribute to social benefit by sharing knowledge from our own personal experiences. When we share knowledge for social benefit our own communities benefit and – in turn – the greater community of humanity can benefit, making the world a better place.

Why do we have a tendency to ignore the value of sharing our own knowledge? During our years of education, most of us learn the value of sharing more formal or academic knowledge. We read, we write. But in our everyday lives we also have opportunities to share informal knowledge about life experiences that can literally change our lives – and the lives of others. By sharing knowledge and being open to the knowledge of others we can open up channels for creating new knowledge, broadening our perspectives – making all of us happier and healthier people on this earth.

When we share knowledge, we see further into the depths of the diversity of life experiences and knowledge on this planet. Seeing the possibilities from knowledge sharing can help us recognize the inherent value of each person’s existence, and help us realize the amazing way that people in our universe exist and grow and change. Seeing another human being is an incredible experience if we open our eyes up to understand how every human being has knowledge to share – regardless of complexity or simplicity.

 It’s how we combine our knowledge that will make us all better people.

Sharing knowledge pulls us out of our limited perspectives and takes us into another world in which the “impossible challenges” and wicked problems can become one step closer to being solved.

 Sharing knowledge can sometimes be the bare minimum of commenting on how we identify with another person’s experience through our own. Whatever effort we put into sharing knowledge will definitely pay all of us back dividends if we do so as a way to make the world a better place.

Scraps Of Knowledge

Every piece, scrap, morsel, nugget, slice or moment of knowledge we share or acquire is meant to teach us – how we use this knowledge to make the world a better place is up to us.

Face-to-Face Knowledge

Face-to-face conversations are an effective way to to share existing knowledge – and also create new knowledge. We can share common interests, experiences or passions in our own knowledge – and if we are willing to be open to the shared experiences of others, we can combine knowledge for social benefit. Knowledge sharing is a social process. What opportunities are you missing to share knowledge face-to-face to make the world a better place?

The Growing Social Culture Of Knowledge Sharing & Understanding

The growing social culture of knowledge sharing can make the world a better place if we recognize that valuable knowledge can be found in all knowledge connections (regardless of borders, boundaries or beliefs) – if this knowledge contributes to social benefit. By listening to each other with an open-mind and sharing knowledge with a sincere intention for good, we can change the world into a social culture of understanding. It’s by continuing to expand this social culture of  knowledge sharing that we can find global understanding.

Different Contexts Of Knowledge

Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) is about bringing together different contexts of knowledge to develop a deeper understanding of ways to solve problems, and the opportunities from sharing knowledge for social benefit. Knowledge is connected to personal experiences and can stem from and be directed to anyone’s particular situations. Anyone can be part of KMb to make the world a better place.