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

Monthly Archives: December 2012

Knowledge Mobilization Post With The Most 2012

Below you will find a repost of KMbeing’s most viewed post for the year 2012. My  KMbeing blog about Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) takes a more philosophical and holistic approach to knowledge sharing in order to create social benefit through KMb and knowledge exchange to make the world a better place.  It seems to continue to gain more popularity with this inclusive and humanist approach, and I am very humbled and grateful to my many KMbeing blog followers who find value and inspiration in my shorter and longer posts – while also sharing knowledge for social benefit.  I am also humbled and thankful for being voted for the second year in a row as one of the top ten in the Knowledge Mobilizer 100 people influencing our thinking about knowledge mobilization practice.

KMb is about sharing our knowledge and putting it into active service to help make the world a better place. So, it’s no surprise that this year’s post with the most for 2012 was a reflective question asking how we can help others to value their knowledgeI applaud all who recognize the connection between the value of our sharing knowledge with and from everyone for social benefit – and in so doing – making the world a better place to live.

Thanks again to all my followers who have made this year and the KMbeing blog so successful! I look forward to continuing to mobilize knowledge with you all in 2013!

Knowledge Mobilization Post With The Most 2012: 

Helping Others To Value Their Knowledge

In what ways can you make the people you know and meet feel like their knowledge is valuable to make the world a better place?

Knowledge Conflict Resolution Skills

conflict resolution

We must learn to manage knowledge conflicts with conflict resolution skills to find ways to combine our knowledge for social benefit to make the world a better place.  The ultimate goal is a win-win for all knowledge. Openness, listening, learning and empathy help create new knowledge and overcome conflict.

Showing Interest In Others’ Knowledge


Sharing knowledge is only going to make the world a better place by the interest we show others in letting them also share their knowledge.

Not About Being Smart Enough


Sharing knowledge to make the world a better place is about having conversations – not about being smart enough.

A Holiday Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) Hope

Peace on Earth

As the holiday season approaches and a New Year of hope is set to begin, I wish to thank the many followers of my KMbeing Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) blog from around the world from over 110 countries for your ongoing support, valued comments and constant encouragement – and for the amazing platform in which to share knowledge!

Knowledge is often symbolized by a tree. I felt the holiday card above is particularly appropriate as an expression of connected knowledge sharing from everyone around the world.

As many of you know, I have always taken a more holistic approach to KMb – seeing the idea of sharing knowledge for social benefit to create a better world as a possibility for everyone.  Everyone has knowledge to share to make the world a better place – regardless of “intelligence” level, race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, religion or political affiliation.  Combining all our knowledge beyond borders to create a truly collective human knowledge to make the world a better place is the answer – and the greatest hope for the future of humanity.

In the spirit of the season, I have put together a few borrowed words from some of the more popular and traditional Christmas songs that you may recognize – and though they are Christian in origin, they are meant to transcend all religious and political differences with the hope of someday using all of our collective personal knowledge for a better tomorrow!  For Peace On Earth Will Not come Through Religion Or Politics – But From Shared Connected Human Knowledge to make every life on this planet a valued and appreciated life!

I wish you all best wishes for health & happiness at this time and peace into the New Year and beyond!

Away in our world, no home or a bed,

A hungry child lays down a sweet head.

No food is roasting on an open fire

As disease is nipping at someone’s toes


There’s no place to deck the halls with boughs of holly

No reason to be jolly


Do you see what I see?

As a star above is dancing in the night


Do you hear what I hear?

As a song is sung high above the trees


Do you know what I know?

The need for peace, people everywhere!


And by the light of that same star

Where all are wise that come from afar?


Now let us all with one accord

See that we can no longer afford


Two thousand years of wrong

With worlds at war for so long


Joy to the world! Is what we need

Let all people everywhere – their knowledge share

Repeat this sounding joy!


A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!


That leads to a silent night

When all is calm and all is bright


When we all can sleep in peace

On earth


Joy to the world! Is what we need

Let all people everywhere – their knowledge share

To overcome our problems faced

And make the world a better place

Repeat this sounding joy!

Limited Knowledge That Makes You The Smartest


Those who share knowledge for social benefit know that they are not the smartest – as they know that combining knowledge is not limited.  But rather, they know that the limited knowledge they do have when shared – to make the world a better place – makes them the smartest.

Sharing Knowledge With The People You Don’t Know

people you don't know

Making the world a better place and creating new knowledge doesn’t come from sharing knowledge with the people you know.  It comes from sharing knowledge with the people you don’t know.

Don’t Focus On Having Great Knowledge

don't focus

Don’t focus on having great knowledge. Focus on sharing knowledge, producing knowledge and creating knowledge that’s great for making the world a better place.


Relevant-Signal To Data-Noise Ratio

signal noise

In science and engineering we often hear about the signal to noise ratio – a concept that compares the level of a desired signal to the level of background noise.  Although this is a technical term commonly used for electrical signals or biochemical signaling between cells, it can also be applied in the world of social media. In my own social media use I call this relevant-signal to data-noise ratio.

How often do we sift through Twitter feeds or Google search results to find what is relevant to our online research while also being inundated with data-noise?  I always keep this in mind when I’m doing digital research.  I can often find my Twitter feed filled with tweets that are relevant to digital research – and plenty more that are simply data-noise. Understanding the social media concept of relevant-signal to data-noise ratio can help us use social media in a more effective and productive manner and keep us focused on the more relevant information and knowledge sharing that makes using social media – especially for knowledge mobilization (KMb) – a better and more valuable experience.

As a community-based digital researcher, I was involved in a research project and book chapter publication with the Knowledge Mobilization Unit at York University, working with York University’s Executive Director of Research & Innovation Services,  Dr. David Phipps and York’s KMb knowledge broker,  Krista Jensen.  Our research project looked at Applying Social Sciences Research for Public Benefit Using Knowledge Mobilization and Social Media.  One of my contributions to this project was analyzing online profile keywords used on Twitter to advance our understanding of how individuals might use a social media platform like Twitter to connect and form collaborative relationships and like interests. Like interests are the foundation of communities of practice.

This important concept of relevant-signal to data-noise ratio  can be conceptualized by the following equation:

R-S:D-N = A (amount) of relevant-signal

                 = A (amount) of data-noise = 50

Basically, what this formula means is that the relevant-signal to data-noise ratio is equal to the average amount of what is a relevant-signal divided by what is the average amount of data-noise. To use this equation, for example, on a Twitter feed of someone I’m following on Twitter, I will often seek the keywords that are relevant to my digital research on a page of profile tweets. This can easily be done using the Ctrl-F Find function on any computer. I type in the keywords I’m looking for and – for convenience sake – I hold the amount of data-noise is going to be at least half or fifty-percent – as in a 50-50 chance.  This is why I have the amount of data-noise equal to 50.

When I find my keywords at least twenty-five-percent (25%) of the time or more (at least half of my 50-50 chance of finding data-noise), I will continue to follow this Twitter feed. If the amount is less than 25% – it’s filled with too much data-noise for what is relevant to my research interests, and I often make the decision to un-follow. I find this equation very helpful in making decisions about who to follow by weeding-out more of the data-noise.

All real measurement is disturbed by noise – and social media is no exception. As a research tool, social media is now being recognized as a valid part of gathering, exchanging and creating new knowledge, and as part of doing valid research.  However, many are still not effectively using social media in the best possible way to do this, and are still being swamped by a deluge of information and data-noise not relevant to knowledge sharing interests.  Or worse, people feel they need to connect broadly so as not to “miss anything”.  Remember, social media is NOT a popularity contest.  Attempts to measure or analyze your online success with what can be called as vanity metrics is irrelevant. It’s quality NOT quantity that counts in social media – so you may have to un-follow and eliminate some of that data-noise to find the relevant signal. I hope this relevant-signal to data-noise ratio equation is helpful for you in this process.

Peace On Earth Will Not come Through Religion Or Politics – But From Shared Connected Human Knowledge


Many people that you meet in life will be out to do nothing but criticize your knowledge.  It’s usually a result of insecurity rather than superiority – and the knowledge that they present is one that they believe is “right” and “true”.

While there’s nothing wrong with challenging other peoples’ knowledge, we must ask ourselves:  why are we doing so?  In trying to be critical of this other person’s knowledge, am I creating understanding or creating a barrier?  Am I trying to combine our knowledge for social benefit and make the world a better place – or am I using knowledge for harm as a weapon? I believe that there are actually very few people who want war and more people who want peace on this earth. I believe the greatest steps towards achieving more peace and less war is through knowledge sharing and recognizing the common, human bond of individual knowledge that everyone has. 

There are people who are angry and violent because that’s the path they’ve chosen – but could it also be that no one has taken time to listen to the knowledge that comes from their personal experiences and try to understand? Sharing knowledge for social benefit and listening to another person’s knowledge can lead to greater understanding far beyond our religious or political beliefs. Once we all find the freedom to be who we are with all our diversity and knowledge on this planet without criticizing the knowledge of others we may be closer to peace on this earth. But it’s something that all of us – every human being – must participate in.  Sadly, this is where the difficulty begins.

I believe peace will come not through religious beliefs or politics.  Personal knowledge is not religion. Personal knowledge is not politics. Knowledge may include religious belief or knowledge may include political thought – but knowledge is something beyond these limiting human constraints.  Knowledge is something vibrant and not constrained that is always growing and changing and evolving.  I believe peace on this earth will come from an ability to learn to be open to the knowledge of everyone as part of our common humanity when we recognize the value of individual to connected human knowledge beyond borders, beyond politics, beyond hatred and ignorance and criticism of what is “right” and “true” to see that knowledge openness and sharing can lead to understanding.  When we attempt to combine our knowledge we can create new knowledge for social benefit to make the world a better place. Knowledge is never limited when it is shared to create new knowledge for social benefit.

When we find the freedom to be who we are no matter what knowledge or quantity of knowledge we have, no matter where we live on this planet – we can begin to move towards peace on earth beyond religious or political differences – beyond hatred and ignorance and criticism of who is “right” and “true”.  We can find the freedom of knowledge from our common humanity and our common bond of knowledge that each of us has by sharing our connected human knowledge to create greater understanding – and finally, peace on earth.