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

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A Knowledge New Year

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As we begin the New Year 2013, we continue to share knowledge through knowledge mobilization by embracing new social networks like Pinterest – while keeping up with the fast pace of others like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.  Sharing and mobilizing knowledge on such platforms makes our local to global communication and collaboration easier and more effective – and has delivered some very tangible national & international knowledge-networking results.

When it comes to today’s fast-paced world of knowledge sharing, there’s no better place for social collaboration than online. These social networks may have made it easier to expand our knowledge networks, but our society has changed from being a more personal, face-to-face world of localized collaborative knowledge sharing activity to a more impersonal and isolated world confined by our digital domains. We went from verbally discussing and sharing knowledge in our in-person environments, around the water-cooler, in meetings, retreats or at conferences to sharing knowledge in a much wider but secluded, online manner of pic-pins, tweets and blogs –away from the very people who we use to bounce ideas off of and exchange knowledge with face-to-face.

When social media advanced to make it possible and easier to automate and broaden our knowledge sharing, it provided valuable knowledge sharing tools – but there is a risk of returning back to the very reasons why online knowledge mobilization/transfer & exchange activities became important in the first place.  In the past, we were often locked in the knowledge-silos of our professional disciplines and institutions where face-to-face knowledge sharing was more closed. There is now a risk that we can become locked behind digital knowledge-silos without face-to-face meetings – even though our knowledge sharing has become more multi-directional and networked.  

Thankfully, in the past few years, in-person and online “networks connected to other networks” – such as EENet – and Communities of Practice (CoPs) connected with other CoPs – such as The Canadian Knowledge Transfer & Exchange CoP (formerly the Ontario Knowledge Transfer & Exchange CoP) have been created to broaden knowledge sharing and engagement. Such knowledge sharing organizations still keep alive – even expanding -opportunities for face-to-face knowledge interactions and collaboration with a variety of stakeholders – while also making use of the value of connecting knowledge online through social media. 

Sadly, in the early race to create an online presence of knowledge links in the digital world, many organizations, institutions and individuals forgot about the value of face-to-face social interactions over social media interactions. The old discipline/institutional knowledge silos were soon replaced with new digital knowledge network silos.

Fortunately, the pendulum has swung back (although some individuals and agencies have yet to even begin to get on the social media page!), and more people recognize the value of both connecting by social media combined with connecting face-to-face to create even broader in-person and inclusive opportunities of knowledge sharing for multiple stakeholders .

In 2012, “social” media was all about collaboration and mobility of knowledge sharing.  Now, by creating both physical and virtual knowledge sharing networks like EENet and communities like The Canadian KTE Cop in-house and remote knowledge sharing have been brought together.

Humans are social beings who enjoy sharing knowledge, and human behaviour will always trump any technology.  Regardless of how sophisticated or user-friendly the technology may be, humans will always need to connect with others in-person. But, we must continue to recognize that we live in a world of diversity and extremes. On any social media platform, there are extreme users, non-users and those that fall in-between – And, there will always be some who feel more comfortable sharing knowledge in-person while others feel more comfortable sharing knowledge online. It makes sense that overly-focusing on one over the other creates missed opportunities.  Combining and expanding both in-person and online connections will enhance the knowledge sharing experiences and increase engagement.

As we begin the New Year 2013, I’d like to wish all of my online and in-person knowledge connections a very happy, healthy and social year of online and in-person knowledge mobilization (KMb)!

Social Collaboration & Knowledge

Social collaboration is about connecting knowledge with others.

Authentic Knowledge Sharing

Is it more important to live a life based on what others think you “should” know, or one on your own authentic knowledge sharing that accepts our diversity and creates acceptance to make this world a better place?

Knowledge Mobilization As Inspirational Collaboration

Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) provides new opportunities for inspirational collaboration.

Today’s Knowledge Inspiration: Connecting Individual Knowledge To Human Knowledge

We cannot build a better world without improving individual knowledge. To that end each of us must work for our own knowledge development and improvement, and at the same time show a general responsibility for all humanity. Each of us has a particular duty to be open to new and different knowledge, and to help those who think their knowledge is “useless” or “not worthy” to see their own potential – while also helping those who think they hold “true” knowledge to look beyond.

Knowledge improvement for ourselves and our world should be considered everyday.  But many never take effort to reach this understanding.  We all know from our jobs that if we don’t do the work necessary, our jobs don’t get done.  It’s the same with knowledge – if we don’t put any effort into improving and sharing knowledge, we simply – as humanity – won’t improve.  Our individual knowledge, skills, abilities and experiences can ALL contribute to the ongoing process of progressive human knowledge – we just need to recognize the connection between the individual and humanity.

It’s important for each of us to see that sharing our knowledge of anythingeven our “mistakes” – makes us much more able to help others –  much more able to be useful to someone else because of our individual life experiences and knowledge.

Humanity’s progressive knowledge only improves when we strive to improve ourselves, being open to new and different knowledge – while sharing our own experiences along the way.  It’s about connecting as an individual to humanity.

The Knowledge Mobilization Cycle: From Daily Practice to “Best” Practice And Back Again

Knowledge Mobilization is an on-going daily process. It is a continuing cycle of searching, gathering, including, researching, communicating, listening and practicing – and remembering that the process is not perfect.

Daily Practice & “Good” Knowledge:
I’ve been thinking about the ongoing, daily process of searching websites and blogs, gathering resources, and posting stuff for others to read. Each day is about timing and finding what I consider the few shiny knowledge diamonds to pull together into a daily social media Knowledge Mobilization package. Each day, sifting through the data noise I find some “good” stuff and “not-so-good” stuff. It may be valuable to some and not so much to others. So be it. That’s a part of the process of Knowledge Mobilization (KMb). But what I may consider “not-so-good” (and post online anyway) may perhaps shine light on someone else’s knowledge which can be developed further and perhaps contribute to the sparkle of other knowledge diamonds eventually.

“Best” Practice & Policy-Making:
The more important point (and result) of KMb is “best” practice and good policy-making – which depends on “good” knowledge. But “good” and “best” are relative terms. Policies are the outcomes of decision making based on “best” practice.  Policies come from the choices made based on the knowledge provided (as well as other social, political and economic influences) usually made by decision-makers – often governments establishing laws and regulations to allocate resources, as well as the funders and granting councils deciding which research to support, why and how.

Policy-Making & Daily Practice:
From policy-making comes daily practice – the everyday way we put the policies in motion, the daily processes of implementing projects and managing organisations, individuals and ourselves. It’s the extension of policies to everyday practice that begins to fully separate the “good” from the “not-so-good”.

Good Knowledge:
Good knowledge develops by the everyday sharing and analysis of our daily processes, experiences and learning – which is when effective Knowledge Mobilization really begins to emerge. It’s about the timing of making connections and developing networks to exchange knowledge. It’s about asking questions and listening to answers. It’s about understanding differences and finding common ground.

Inclusive Knowledge & Social Media:
Knowledge is also inclusive and most effective when it seeks common ground. It doesn’t mean always agreeing; it means finding the most effective solution that works through best practices. Social media is one common ground platform where knowledge develops and influence best practices. This is why social media is such an important vehicle for KMb because it provides ways of making these connections and finding common ground.

And because we are all globally connected, putting policies into best practice effects everyone. Learning from “best” practice is knowledge. As I mentioned, practices are everyday events that include all people. When we learn from local practices and see the broader application to best practices we contribute to the greater good of society. All people can be included through communication – now especially more possible by social media. All people can have a voice and contribute to Knowledge Mobilization.

The Knowledge Mobilization Cycle:
Daily practice may be “good” or “not-so-good” but it’s the daily practice that leads to researching that leads to learning that leads to sharing that leads to collaboration that leads to policy-making that leads to “best” practice that leads to re-evaluatingthe continuing cycle of Knowledge Mobilization. Re-evaluation and further research is necessary because “best” practice will change as people change and society changes. We always need to adapt and improve for future benefit – while sifting through the data noise of everyday life.

We may not always find the diamonds we’re looking for, but sometimes – like the cycle of creating diamonds – contributing to the cycle of Knowledge Mobilization is worth the effort.