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

Monthly Archives: July 2013

What Type Of Knowledge Are We Exchanging For The Next Generations?

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Share knowledge for social benefit. Always strive for good in your knowledge exchange and constantly think about sharing knowledge to make the world a better place. We know that the knowledge exchange of earlier generations provided benefits and improvements to our world. We owe to the efforts of earlier people with ideals of knowledge sharing for social benefit. Our earlier generations accomplished this for us. What type of knowledge are we exchanging for the next generations?

Hate, Anger & Prejudice & Knowledge Exchange

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Can you recall a time when you let hate, anger or prejudice sabatoge knowledge exchange?

Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) & Social Media: Making The World A Better Place

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Whenever anyone uses social media to join, contribute or receive from the process of Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) as part of a social media network there is a step from initial exploratory thought to responsible social engagement. Without a social network element – whether it’s posting (retweeting), commenting or forwarding links on Twitter or Facebook, uploading presentations on Slideshare, using Skype for meetings and voice/text conversations, or connecting to a professional network on LinkedInKnowledge Mobilization does not reach its full potential unless the social-interactive-for-the-benefit-of-others element is also established.

Anyone can ask a (one-sided) question, or do a Google search for a (one-sided) answer (this is exploratory), but online answers without experiential knowledge, discussion and social benefit (this is engagement) remain lifeless answers. This is simply Information Exchange (For the difference between Information Exchange and Knowledge Mobilization click here).

But let’s face it, not everyone adopts new technologies or new ways of networking. There’s a lot of buzz around social media, yet many in the workplace or your friends and family may still not ‘get it’ until someone points out ‘the how’ and ‘the why’ of creating a social media network – or even making the one you already have even better.

How about using social media to make the world better?

Now, before you think this is some “pie-in-the-sky” ideal where everyone connects to sing Kumbaya and hopes for peace, this is what using social media for Knowledge Mobilization can do.

When the social-interactive element is added, knowledge comes to life. When the social-interactive element is added to make society better, knowledge mobilization comes to life. Knowledge is turned into action.

Knowledge Mobilization is putting available knowledge into active service to benefit society – and using social media is a great way of putting knowledge into active service.

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In the KMb literature the word silo is often used to describe the ways that organizations (but also individuals) shelter themselves and their knowledge, skills and experience. KMb is about breaking out of the silos and ultimately applying knowledge for the long term benefits of society. Using social media to inform and be informed by ideas, experiences, stories and personal and professional knowledge to make our world better is KMb at its most basic level – which everyone can contribute to and gain from.

Knowledge Mobilization is the overall flow and on-going and constant input and development of knowledge. It is the open process of putting available knowledge into active service to benefit not just one particular organization or field, but for the greater benefit of all in society. One of the most basic ways of contributing to this flow is by using social media.

I have been actively using Twitter (@KMbeing) to tweet and retweet posts and links, and I post blogs that I think contribute to knowledge for the greater benefit of society. But I also comment on others’ tweets, connect with fellow tweeters with more in-depth conversations on and offline, pass information to my friends, family and other colleagues on Facebook, and make comments on other blogs and share things that have contributed to my own knowledge with others. As each person participates in social media the knowledge structure changes and improves.

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As a Digital Researcher and Knowledge Mobilizer, I have also participated in conferences and workshops such as the recent Co-Production workshop hosted by the Research Exchange for the Social Sciences Unit at the University of Sheffield that brought together academic and community researchers and organizations and presented about how to make the most of new technologies in their research and knowledge exchange efforts. I also participate in monthly online tweetchats using the Twitter hashtag #KMbChat  where a number of topics, questions, comments, links and resources inform and provide knowledge about knowledge mobilization through social media.

In the efforts I firmly believe we can use social media for Knowledge Mobilization to help transform humanity. By taking what each person has learned through their own experiences and knowledge, and using social media to inform and be informed, each person can develop and implement their own personal knowledge on a greater social scale.

Do you use social media for Knowledge Mobilization or just Information Exchange?

Are you still in a silo or do you want to make the world a better place?

Struggle For Knowledge “Perfection”

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When we struggle for “perfection” in our knowledge exchange for social benefit we miss the opportunity for progress in the act of knowledge exchange itself.

One Of The Most Important Things-Sharing Knowledge

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One of the most important things in the world is neither money nor social status but sharing knowledge. Knowledge mobilization fills the world with openness and potential for social benefit to make the world a better place. We should constantly seek opportunities to share knowledge and learn from the knowledge of others. A person who is open to the knowledge of others and open to sharing their own knowledge for social benefit is a person is who one of the happiest and wealthiest people in the world.

Exchanging our diverse knowledge in this world allows us to experience different meanings of life and gain value and insight into life itself through the act of sharing knowledge. Do you exchange knowledge or mobilize knowledge to contribute to greater happiness in life for ourselves and others? This is one of the most important objectives in this world.

Knowledge From Mistakes

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The best knowledge you can acquire is from the worst mistakes you’ve made.

Destructive Patterns That Limit Knowledge

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Are there any destructive patterns of thinking , feeling and acting that limit knowledge in your life?  Breaking down these destructive patterns breaks down the barrier to new knowledge and reveals opportunities for new knowledge.

May The Knowledge Force Be With You

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You have a strength, a knowledge force, a knowledge energy that can be shared with others; and because there is only one of you in all of time, your knowledge is unique. You bring to the world knowledge that is special and distinctive.  You are the only one of you that has ever existed, and the knowledge you share, the perspective you have to give is unlike any other person who has ever shared knowledge. Do you give yourself credit for this?

Do you spend any of your time trying to develop your knowledge? Do you try to learn new ways to share your knowledge force and continue to increase this knowledge energy that will help other people develop their own knowledge force and mobilize their knowledge energy to live their lives better, create social benefit and ultimately make the world a better place? This is what individual knowledge mobilization is all about.

It’s very important that we recognize and share our unique knowledge if we’re going to contribute to the world based on the knowledge we have developed in our own lives – no matter how little or how vast.  Each person’s knowledge contributes. It’s how we share this knowledge that makes the difference. Knowledge can be shared for good or harm.

We are all on knowledge-development journeys. Many people spend their lives trying to share their knowledge in exactly the same ways that they see others sharing knowledge, and they’re confused, discouraged or embarrassed when others don’t understand the uniqueness of each person’s knowledge force. Others may not understand this uniqueness but we must all remember that we each need to recognize that each of us has our own ways of contributing knowledge, ways that are exclusive to us and our life experiences.

Your knowledge force flows through you every day. How do you direct it? How do you translate this knowledge energy? What is the end-purpose of sharing your knowledge? How we share our knowledge is one of the most important aspects of who we are and who we become, and it’s completely up to us in how we share our knowledge and are open to the knowledge forces of others.

Wasting Knowledge Time

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Do you waste time limiting your knowledge or use time to always improve your knowledge?

Compassion Of Being Open To Knowledge Leads To Wisdom

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Human beings fear ridule of their knowledge. We worry that others might say that we are stupid, not as knowledgeable, our understanding is limited, or our talk isn’t clear and so on. The important thing to remember is that no one is perfect, so why should we be so concerned with how we share our knowledge as long as we are sharing our knowledge for social benefit and not harm.  If we can bring into our lives more openness and not be so critical of our own ability and value of sharing knowledge, then life is more fulfilling.

A person who knows how to be open with oneself and others has compassion and knowledge that leads to wisdom. When we encounter others and are open to them when they may not seem as knowledgeable but are still willing to share their knowledge we are actually showing compassion and kindness and making the world a better place.

Why should we be so concerned with how much knowledge a person has if we are all on our own personal knowledge journies to keep increasing our knowledge and the knowledge of others when we are open to mobilizing knowledge together?