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

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The Importance Of Graduate Students As Boundary Spanners

FGS  (Photo by Shawn Chong)

Knowledge mobilization is about critically examining, extending and exchanging knowledge and values within our world. Together each of us has a role to play in furthering our collective human understanding.

Within human understanding there is a constant and dynamic element of knowledge exchange – which is learning, teaching and research. Learning, teaching and research within our global knowledge society requires inspiration and resourcefulness while seeking to improve communication and co-operation across all disciplines and borders that define us. Furthering our collective human understanding requires us to open up relationships that develop harmony in an interconnected world within our communities – and particularly starting within academic communities where formal learning, teaching and research take place.

Many of our greatest human challenges occur because of our differences within often narrowly focused disciplines and boundaries, while many of our greatest developments occur at the intersections of knowledge uptake (learning),  knowledge transfer (teaching) and knowledge exchange (research) which often is first formally learned within the world of academia. This is why teaching students – particularly graduate students – about this type of broader learning to include knowledge mobilization within our global knowledge society has never been more important than now for the future.

Effective knowledge mobilization requires that graduate students be free within their respective disciplines to learn, teach and research by also developing scholarly inquiry that is interdisciplinary. Effective knowledge mobilization rests on their unique cross-boundary role as learners, teachers and researchers across disciplines and subjects.

Graduate students play an integral part in the ability of universities to provide a broader quality of educational experience by reminding students about the importance of acknowledging our human commonality within our diversity which is often reflected in universities that have very diverse student populations and a full-range of academic subjects and research interests.

Graduate students supplement and complement the teaching and research activities of faculty, while providing the institution with an opportunity to recognize the integral and multiple roles that graduate students play as learners, teachers and researchers in contributing to the university – and more importantly to our global knowledge society.

Universities have the responsibility of providing graduate students with an excellent education and the best possible preparation for their future careers since graduate students can play a crucial link as institutional boundary-spanners (as Angie Hart refers to from the work of Etienne Wenger) not only within the university but also within a new paradigm of community/university engagement. University Faculties and departments should offer suitable training for both academic and non-academic careers that recognize a community/university connection in learning, teaching and research that extends beyond the realm of academia.

Communication between graduate students, faculty and advisors can create opportunities for community contact, collaboration and community-building through student internships which are essential in developing the important learning, teaching and research links between community and university to promote knowledge beyond the university.

For effective knowledge mobilization every human being must understand the universal declaration of human rights to be free from discrimination based on race, colour, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, age and ability, as well as socio-economic or family status. Like every human being, students have the right to an educational experience that is also free from such discrimination. This fundamental human value is the most important knowledge that the university can teach students – particularly grad students as boundary-spanners – so that students may learn how to improve communication and co-operation across all disciplines and borders for better knowledge mobilization in doing research to make the world a better place for everyone. It is in this way that the university is a microcosm of the world and graduate students have an opportunity to become boundary spanners within the university and beyond by engaging with community.

York University is an outstanding example of a campus that has a very diverse ethnic and cultural student population reflecting more than most universities the progressive and multicultural inclusiveness of Canada. York promotes and protects human rights and values with a strong commitment to social justice, while offering a full-range of academic subjects and research units in developing scholarly inquiry that is interdisciplinary and inclusive. York University is the third largest university in Canada with a student population of over 55-thousand from a wide-range of backgrounds and belief systems.

Celebrating 50 years of the importance of graduate students, York University’s Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) promotes graduate student learning, teaching and research within an interdisciplinary university that extends across traditional academic and community boundaries as graduate students pursue professional training for academic and non-academic careers. Examples like FGS at York University help graduate students recognize their potential for knowledge mobilization as learners, teachers and researchers to move beyond fragmented research knowledge and include community in their work.

Assisting universities and graduate students is Mitacs – a Canadian not-for-profit organization that offers funding for internships and fellowships at Canadian universities for graduate students.

“Through unique research and training programs, Mitacs is developing the next generation of innovators with vital scientific and business skills. In partnership with companies, government and academia, Mitacs is supporting a new economy using Canada’s most valuable resource – its people”…including graduate students.

It’s time all universities and graduate students recognize the importance of being learners, teachers and researchers knowing they are valued and being supported at institutions such as York University and Mitacs. Graduate students need also to go beyond an understanding of a specific discipline and see themselves as boundary-spanners – within the institution and society – by examining, extending and exchanging knowledge and values within our world through knowledge mobilization.


Don’t Keep Your Knowledge Secret & Learn Alone

passing on knowledge

Sharing your knowledge and life experience with others is more beneficial to social benefit that keeping your knowledge secret and learning alone.

Learning To Share Your Knowledge In The Long Run

In the long run

The younger we learn to let go of the insecurities of sharing knowledge for social benefit the easier and better life is in the long run.

Waiting For A Knowledge Sign

waiting for a sign

Are you waiting for a sign to share your knowledge for social benefit and make the world a better place? Are you waiting for a sign to be open to the knowledg of others for social benefit and learn to make the world a better place?


Negativity Or Hope Of Knowledge


What is the negativity or pessimism in your life that stops you from sharing knowledge or learning from the knowledg of others? What is your hope in sharing knowledge or learning from the knowledge of others?

KMbeing & Mini-Blogging

Do you ever think about getting “back to basics” or living a simpler life? For every time someone has asked that question another generation grows into old age – and a younger one keeps the pace moving forward.  But there always seems to be a call for simpler things in every generation. This question seems to be even more significant now as advancements in technology have progressed at an accelerating rate to include our current world of social media.  The technology that has created social media has produced a vast and still growing network of connections and data that link us – and the knowledge we share – worldwide.

Anything – any topic, belief, invention, merchandise, ideas or thoughts can be shared and learned at the click of a mouse as machines have created faster, better, and more efficient ways of knowledge mobilization.  But is this really helpful?  The more inundated we are with Internet “data noise” the more difficult it seems to keep up and keep track. But do we have to?

Sometimes simpler is better, and there are times when the simplest messages work the best to get your point across. So, considering this idea of simplicity, I have been using the KMbeing mini-blog format for several years with great success.

I started blogging with the usual average of about 600 words. Then, I found the idea of micro-blogging on Twitter – with 140 characters or less – a great way to summarize our thoughts, connect and communicate instantly with others, and post links to things we consider important.  But, if the aim is also to remember what we think is important, then the simple act of summarizing knowledge and thoughts in a blog is the next step as mini-blogging.  Bite-sized pieces of knowledge!

Short – to the point – helps you to remember and get the message across.

Knowledge Mobilization is all about sharing, learning, remembering – and above all – turning our knowledge into action for the benefit of society. I want my blog to support me in keeping focused and to the point, but more importantly not to cause me or my readers to get lost in a mental fog in which I try to convince you about something with a rambling set of words that can more easily be explained in a short summary.  I trust in my readers’ intelligence and knowledge, and know that the comments section can be used to ask any further questions for clarification or make comments.

That’s why; I include a mini-blogging format in the KMbeing blog instead of longer posts that I wonder if anyone ever reads completely or attentively anyway.  I have received several compliments on my regular KMbeing posts and I thank all of my readers for the tremendous support, encouragement and knowledge mobilization that you provide from my KMbeing blogs.

One Of The Most Important Things-Sharing Knowledge


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


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

May The Knowledge Force Be With You


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

wasting time

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