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

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Your Unique Knowledge Fingerprint

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A person’s knowledge may be called ignorant, useless, mocked and devalued, but our knowledge – stemming from all of our personal life experiences – is always knowledge, and is always our own knowledge.

Others can say all the negative things they want about you and your knowledge, but the only way that it will affect you is if you allow their words to affect you.  Again, your knowledge is your own knowledge, all the good, bad and ugly of the experiences that make up all of your knowledge in your lifetime. Just as your fingerprint is unique to you – so too is your knowledge to share with others.

Your knowledge – any of it at anytime in your life experience – can always teach others something, whether you think it’s “limited” or not.  

But knowledge on its own, without turning it into action is limited. It’s like having hands and fingers (and fingerprints) without ever using them.

It’s how we share our knowledge; combine our knowledge to make the world a better place that creates the most value.

Some people are so insecure that they try to hurt others by knocking even the slightest amount of knowledge that a person may have, to take away their dignity or self-esteem.  But if we believe a cruel, insecure person’s view that our knowledge is useless, if we let them take away our dignity, what does that say about how we see our own knowledge, about how we see ourselves?

People have acquired knowledge in war, in prison, in concentration camps, in abuse, in difficult social situations, in loss, in love, in friendship, in ignorance, in education, in failure and in success – why shouldn’t we value any of the knowledge we have where we are, right here and right now? 

But again, knowledge on its own, without turning it into action is limited.

A person’s knowledge always has some value. Sharing our knowledge for social benefit creates greater value, and is always worth it. When we share our knowledge with this understanding and intention – we can use our own knowledge to make the world a better place.

Knowledge For Good

When I think of my past and all the knowledge I have acquired, I try to focus on turning all the knowledge I have acquired into knowledge for good – into valuable knowledge – and try to continue to use this knowledge for good for the benefit of others to make this world a better place.  To me knowledge of life and all of our individual experiences are found in the words: whatever you do, don’t let your own individual knowledge go to waste. Keep using it to make the world a better place.

So, I try to keep thinking of the knowledge that I have already acquired and the life experiences I have shared with others and gained from others, and what is still yet to come.

There is an awful lot of good knowledge in the world.   In all of our lives, there have been many, many good experiences.  But, I could also make a very long list of all the bad things that have happened in my life as well. What do I do with this knowledge? Do I simply forget it or try to repress it away in my memory, or let it fester inside me with anger – or do I try to turn this knowledge into knowledge for good? I’ve learned from my negative experiences, and I’ve learned to turn them into knowledge for good.  This allows me to use my individual knowledge to help others in my life – and in the world. I turn this individual knowledge into knowledge for good because I’m not constantly dwelling on the negative as a victim. I grew up in a family with alcoholic and dysfunctional parents who abused me and inflicted many physical and psychological scars. I could have remained a victim all my life, ruled by the external and internal voices that said I was stupid and worthless. But thanks to the knowledge of others, I grew to recognize my own worth and intelligence – and recognize even the value of such negative experiences in my life – by turning this knowledge into knowledge for good.

There are many unfortunate people and experiences in the world, people unable or unwilling to leave behind the negative things – the hurtful things that have happened to them in their lives – and use this knowledge for good.  The hurtful and negative things of the past continue to drag them down and make them bitter, negative and hurtful to others and to themselves. Unless we can turn this painful knowledge into knowledge for good, such knowledge will always hold these people back. This knowledge will continue to hurt them until they can focus on turning all of their individual knowledge into knowledge for good. Everyone can turn their knowledge and life experiences into knowledge for good. Remember, no experience is a negative experience unless you gain nothing from it and don’t share these experiences as something to make your life and the world a better place.

Today’s Knowledge Inspiration: Knowledge & Death

Many people are so determined to selfishly get what they want in life that they miss out on many knowledge lessons that could be learned from life’s experiences within AND beyond our own little corners of the world.  There are many cancer or terminally-ill patients who discover that the last year or months of their lives have become their best.  There are many victims of war or famine or violence or abuse that can teach us so much. These individuals often say they have learned more knowledge about life during these times than they might have – and many are eager to share this knowledge.  There are plenty of poignant examples on the Internet where people have shared their knowledge and experiences while also being encouraged and comforted – thanks to the use of social media. How often do we take the time to learn life’s valuable knowledge lessons from such circumstances?

Why is it only when tragedy strikes that most of us begin to understand the importance of sharing individual knowledge – or even looking at our own lives more closely to see examples of our own knowledge?  There’s a whole world of diverse knowledge waiting to be explored and contributed to if we only take a closer look – especially sharing knowledge using social media.  It’s seems only when we start to go beyond the minor concerns that often seem so “major” to us- our looks, our wealth, our jobs, our comforts – that we then only start to discover what’s really important for every person on this earth. We can begin to understand how we can use our own knowledge to make the world better – each person at a time – if we learn from the tragedies of life as well.  Why is it some of us – selfishly – never do?

We are all going to die one day – and there are many people in this world dying everyday, every moment, every second.  Inevitably – one of those people dying will be someone close to you that you care about or love.  I remind myself of this quite often – usually when I don’t take important opportunities to share knowledge with others or ask about the knowledge and unique experiences they feel they can share with the world to make it a better place.

Taking deeper moments to share knowledge with others are the most important moments we can have – yet we far too often avoid them or ignore them because we always think we have “more important things to do”.  The world and everyone in it is important – all we have to do is listen and share our knowledge with each other to make it better before we die.

What knowledge would you share if you knew that you were going to die tomorrow?