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

Everyone Has A Knowledge Voice

A lack of knowledge will never disappear so long as a lack of sharing knowledge to make the world a better place continues. New knowledge for social benefit is created just as soon as we share knowledge and are open to the knowledge of others for the benefit of everyone.

What new knowledge have you given birth to in your life? What good has sharing knowledge or being open to the knowledge of others brought you in your life? How much social benefit has come from a lack of sharing knowledge or not being open to the knowledge of others in life? Social benefit occurs whenever we share knowledge for good rather than harm with anyone – no matter what walk of life.

I’ve known many people who think they don’t have the “right type” of knowledge or aren’t “smart enough” to contribute to making the world a better place. I’ve even thought it about myself at one point earlier in my life because of the way in which I was raised as a child. My parents frequently called me “stupid” and that little voice sounded in my head for years into early adulthood until I was finally able to find my own voice and believe in my own knowledge value.

Never has this type of thinking about a “lack of knowledge” made anyone feel better about oneself, about life, or about any situation. We all have knowledge to share if we only recognize the value of our own knowledge – no matter how “limited” we think it is. The most important thing is sharing this knowledge for social benefit. As long as we hold on to the attitude that our own knowledge is worthless and cannot possibly make the world a better place, new knowledge to make the world a better place for everyone will never be created. Knowledge when shared creates new knowledge – which can lead to social benefit.

We can all learn something from each and every person on this earth – we just need to be open-minded. The problem is that we continue to dismiss the knowledge of some people without really trying to listen to what this knowledge might teach us about our own knowledge or the knowledge of others – and we miss the opportunities to combine this knowledge to create new knowledge for something better than the “lack of knowledge” each of us may have. A “lack of knowledge” will continue to grow and fester, and will continue to become a destructive force on this earth unless we share knowledge to increase and create new knowledge to make the world a better place.

How can we increase knowledge sharing? Empathy and compassion for others helps – trying to value the knowledge of others and what they have to share with us, no matter how limited, can help us create new knowledge and see the value of knowledge sharing in a new way. Give each person’s knowledge a chance – even if they have been called “stupid” and no one has ever taught them to value their own knowledge. It’s possible they don’t even realize that the act of sharing the knowledge they do have can lead to social benefit.

This is what Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) is all about – learning from all sources of knowledge and experiences (no matter how limited or varied) to create positive change and social benefit. KMb gives everyone a voice. From these voices, policy makers or government leaders can be provided with greater knowledge to make decisions for change and social improvements – creating new knowledge to make the world a better place.

Are we going to continue to think that certain individuals have a “lack of knowledge” that leads to harboring thoughts of self-stupidity or are we going to lessen this “lack of knowledge” by giving everyone a knowledge voice by sharing knowledge? Which path would be most beneficial to make the world a better place for everyone?

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