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

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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.

Knowledge From & Beyond Tragedy

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We all speak from our own knowledge that comes from our own personal experiences. No one has the right to force, compel or inflict knowledge that may be harmful to another person. Today, I write this blog with a heavy heart after another bombing attack in this world has killed and injured many of our innocent fellow human beings at yesterday’s Boston Marathon.

This broader view of knowledge mobilization in this KMbeing blog has always been about sharing knowledge for social benefit to make the world a better place. I still hold that knowledge mobilization helps make the world a better place – as I believe all people, from around the world, have knowledge to share from their own experiences.

It’s how this knowledge is shared – for good or harm – that makes the difference, just as it is with any attitude or actions we take. The decision is up to you. When we share our knowledge, exchange our knowledge, mobilize our knowledge and create new knowledge for good, we can and do make a difference – despite the continuing tragedies that inflict harm in our world.

What we learn from our experiences – including the tragic ones – and how we use this knowledge to teach each other and create new knowledge from each other is what makes the difference between making our world a better place or giving up hope and giving in to the terror and fear created by those who refuse to do so.

It can be discouraging when such a tragedy as the Boston Marathon bombing occurs, and continues to shake our trust in our fellow human beings, just as it can be discouraging when we do share our knowledge and feel like it’s being ignored. But we must remember that knowledge sharing, exchange and mobilization is not a one-way action, nor a one-time action. Knowledge mobilization is inherently multi-directional and multi-participatory – focused on change for good and not harm for everyone in this world as long as it takes.

Just as the many blood-stained flags from the many countries around the world represented the many people who came together in a spirit of friendly competition, strength and endurance to show our diversity – it also shows our common humanity.

When another senseless attack on innocent people occurs in our world and we become shaken again, shocked again, angered again – we begin to doubt, wondering what’s the point?

Yes, there are those who wish to do harm in this world, but we must always remember there are millions more who wish to help and heal. Just look at those brave and heroic individuals who ran to help those injured individuals right after the bombs went off instead of running the other way. We may not all have that type of bravery and heroism, but we can contribute to this type of goodness in our own way when we share our knowledge for good and not harm. We will never overcome those who tragically cause terror if we are never willing to make change by our own knowledge, our own actions in our own lives by learning to use our knowledge throughout this world together.

Call me idealistic if you want. I will continue to point to the broader and foundational message and reason for knowledge mobilization: to put our available knowledge from all sources and individuals on this planet into active service to benefit society – not just one society – but ultimately all human beings.

It’s not about religion. It’s not about race. It’s not about culture. It’s not about politics. It’s about knowledge mobilization to make the world a better place.

Start With The Knowledge You Have

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Remember, changing the world and harmful social conditions doesn’t depend on who you are or what you own – it depends mostly on the knowledge you share – whatever that knowledge is – if it’s intended for benefit and not for harm.  You change the world by using even the “limited” knowledge you have.  Start by being you with the knowledge you have…and keep going.

No Knowledge Being Shared By Two People Are The Same

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No two people are the same and no knowledge being shared by two people are the same. It’s impossible to say that all knowledge can ever be the same. Individual experiences and contexts create different knowledge.  Each person has different realities and perceptions. It may be possible to draw general similarities in knowledge and it’s always much easier to find differences in knowledge; but how an individual chooses to share their knowledge to find common ground for social benefit is what makes a difference. Learning to co-create new knowledge from diverse knowledge sources for everyone’s benefit is what makes the world a better place.

The Persistence Of Sharing Knowledge

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When we persist in sharing knowledge for social benefit it becomes easier for us to do.  Not that the nature of the knowledge has to be earth-shattering, but it’s the ongoing action of taking steps to contribute to greater knowledge for good that makes the world a better place. Any bit of knowledge shared for social benefit can make a difference.

I’ll never know what knowledge I may have gained if I had other opportunities in my life. But life is about choices, and I’ve made the choice many times to give something up in favor of something else, and in the process, making new knowledge connections while missing others. That doesn’t mean that the knowledge that I have shared or gained can’t continue to make a difference. It’s all about the persistence of continuing to share the knowledge I have and be open to the knowledge of others that makes the difference.

This persistence in sharing knowledge reminds me of when I first started writing my knowledge mobilization (KMb) KMbeing blog. My first blog post on April 3rd 2010 was a first step into the unknown as I wondered if my knowledge sharing could make a difference. Almost anyone can write a blog and share knowledge. It’s the persistence in adding a new post at regular intervals that has helped me recognize that I can make a difference for good that makes the world a better place. By consistently sharing my knowledge and learning from the knowledge of others each day over the past few years, I have been able to connect with people from over 140 countries, and gained recognition as one of Canada’s top ten knowledge mobilization influencers.

Sharing bits of my knowledge on my blog has invariably become much easier for me simply due to persistence – and I believe this can happen for almost anyone if they persist in continuing to share their own knowledge and be open to the knowledge of others.

As we share our knowledge more openly with each other, our world becomes more connected, which can lead to greater recognition of our diversity and our common humanity – ultimately leading to greater understanding, and hopefully a world of greater harmony. 

Unfortunately, though, many people feel the discomfort and insecurity of sharing their own knowledge and they quit (or don’t even start) before they ever give their knowledge the opportunity to contribute to social benefit – they quit before their chances increase.

Public speakers grow by speaking, writers grow by writing, bloggers grow by blogging – knowledge grows by sharing. In whatever manner you want to share your own knowledge, just start and it can make a difference. The more we do something, the better we get at it and the easier it becomes for us. That temptation to give up is simply avoiding the discomfort or insecurity of believing in the power of one’s own knowledge to make a difference. It’s about not second-guessing that somehow even the “limited” knowledge we think we may have can’t connect with someone else’s knowledge and move towards making a difference in this world. It’s all about the persistence of sharing knowledge for social benefit that can make the difference.

There Isn’t “Right” Knowledge

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There isn’t “right” knowledge. There’s only evolving knowledge. There is only your knowledge and the knowledge of others. How you share your knowledge and combine your knowledge with others for social benefit is what makes a difference.

Knowledge Mobilization & Social Media

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Value is added to knowledge mobilization (KMb) by adding a social media strategy. Using social media to connect with a variety of sources on topics of interest is a great way to start and nurture valuable knowledge exchange relationships, and allows knowledge to be shared more quickly than through traditional modes of knowledge exchange (academic/institutional environments).

The Difference between Knowledge Exchange (KE) & Knowledge Mobilization (KMb)

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Knowledge exchange can be one of the first steps on the journey of knowledge mobilization. Knowledge exchange does not necessarily mean exchanging knowledge for benefit. Knowledge exchange can also be done for harm.

The term knowledge mobilization was specifically created and developed to describe the inherent action of putting available knowledge into active service to benefit society. This is one of the reasons why I prefer the use of the term knowledge mobilization (KMb) over the term knowledge exchange (KE).

Each person develops personal knowledge from life experiences made up of thoughts, ideas, feelings, facts, interpretations and narratives or shared stories. Every person’s knowledge is unique and influenced by bias, culture, politics, power and fear. When we share our knowledge through knowledge exchange with a diverse range of people, we can recognize similarities and differences. It’s what we do with this recognition that counts. Through the process of knowledge exchange we can create new knowledge – but again, creating new knowledge is not necessarily for social benefit with the specific intention of making the world a better place.

Many people rightly argue, that in the greater scheme of things, what we call KMb doesn’t matter. It’s all about taking action for social benefit. I agree. However, defining an action with accurate terminology is important.

When we engage in knowledge mobilization, we are intentionally exchanging knowledge for social benefit to make the world a better place. Knowledge exchange can be the first step to creating better understanding – knowledge mobilization specifically focuses the act of knowledge exchange with the intention of cooperation and co-production that creates new knowledge for good and not harm.

 

Knowledge Before It’s Too Late

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One of the greatest challenges for most of us is our hesitation to share knowledge with others – before it’s too late.

In my lifetime, I’ve seen many people come in and out of my life, and there have been some incredible occasions where I’ve been able to learn so much from others by sharing knowledge. Many of these people I’ll probably never see again and never get the chance to tell them how much the knowledge they shared with me has helped me in developing my own knowledge, and to share this knowledge even further with others.

There are other people I still see regularly, and I try not to miss opportunities to share knowledge. We all have unique life experiences and we all have knowledge to share. I also try not to miss opportunities to tell others how grateful I am that they have shared their life experiences of knowledge with me. If it means a lot to me to hear this from others, then I hope it means a lot to others to hear it from me.

One of my major problems early in my life was that I spent much of my time thinking that others weren’t really interested in the knowledge I had to share with them. I use to think that my knowledge was useless, stupid, and not good enough. In short, I use to think that any knowledge I had to share couldn’t possibly make a difference in making the world a better place. As a boy and a young man, I shied away from sharing my knowledge because I was sure that it just didn’t matter.  As a young adult, that thought was so deeply ingrained in me, I could hear a voice saying “you’re stupid” in my head, guiding my actions and guarding my interactions with others. I use to have a hard time fighting my way past it – and sometimes I still do. But I’ve learned some valuable lessons when I’ve been brave enough to open up and share my knowledge with others. And from sharing my own knowledge, others have shared their knowledge with me from their own life experiences, and we have created new knowledge together.

It’s really unfortunate that we don’t spend more time sharing our knowledge with others.  While I’m sure there are some people who feel as awkward as I use to feel, as long we are sincere and tell others we value what they have to say, no matter how “limited” they may think their own knowledge is, most people will appreciate the opportunity to share their own knowledge from their own life experiences. As these are the moments when we can learn to make the world a better place.

Sharing knowledge with others with this intention in mind people can help us all to contribute in a very real and very positive way to the world in which we live, for the more people there are in the world who feel their knowledge is valued, the more people there will be in the world who are able to share their knowledge with others – before it’s too late!

Did You Share Important Knowledge?

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What is the most important knowledge someone shared with you to make the world a better place? Did you share it with someone else?