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

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What Is Research “Success”?

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Every day when we read or listen to the news on the radio, television or on our digital devices there are reports of poverty, homelessness, hatred, crime, violence, or wars. Many in this world are not safe, secure or educated – and despite advances in modern technologies that create broader knowledge exchange (more people are much more aware of what’s happening around the world than any other generation before us) we are still faced with wicked problems that continue to plague us.

Although knowledge mobilization has contributed to making research useful to society, we are still faced with the challenges of healing our social problems to bring about broader peace and happiness worldwide. As someone who has written about the value and benefits of incorporating knowledge mobilization strategies by researchers – particularly social science researchers – to contribute to improving our human experience, I recognize that basic human problems like fear, suffering, ignorance, prejudice, bigotry and discrimination still exist.

I know many people who share my concern about the many difficult social conditions that we still face on this planet and those who also share in my hopes that knowledge exchange has greater value when applied on a worldwide scale. As a humanist, I strongly feel that global knowledge mobilization is necessary to overcome wicked problems – but as I’ve stated in previous blogs, knowledge mobilization without compassion, without being motivated by kindness, without seeking benefit beyond our own communities is extremely limited.

Each person, whether researcher, practitioner, community member or policymaker has a responsibility to exchange our knowledge to benefit all human beings – by thinking about ways to scale up the research benefits gained at our local levels.

When individuals choose to hate and fight each other or discriminate based on opposing ideologies, selfish gains or ignorance, there is a common human imperative that calls us to change such limiting knowledge. Our common humanity implores us to find solutions through cooperative knowledge exchange as a fundamental objective.

Researchers have a particular responsibility inherent as scientists to influence change for global benefit by working with community members to inform policy. If we understand the causes of problems that continue to hold us back globally without gaining cooperation through knowledge exchange – research remains limited and – on a broader-scale – practically useless.

Whether we think so or not – human suffering inflicted not by physical illness but by other humans is the worst human illness that continues to affect all of us. We spend billions of research dollars to rightly find cures for physical illness – but let’s not forget to also focus research resources on curing our more general human illness of wicked problems.

Every researcher hopes to achieve “success” from their research. But what is research “success”?

  • Is “success” limited to finishing a graduate degree as a Masters or PhD student?
  • Is “success” limited to publishing peer-reviewed papers in academic journals?
  • Is “success” limited to inspiring other future researchers to carry on finding a cure?

What if researchers thought beyond limited “success” to the ultimate success in research? In the quest for “success” in research, researchers have used different methods – sometimes even unbecoming in their status as scientists – for their own self-centred gains. Ultimately, when research becomes short-sighted without a broader perspective of benefit beyond the academy – global problems will continue to exist.

Over the past decade, the development of knowledge mobilization has helped bring researchers, practitioners, community members and policymakers closer together – not just locally, but internationally. Broader community engagement results in greater research impact by creating more global knowledge exchange for social benefit. Many researchers are no longer as siloed in their disciplines and research interests as they once were. Old-school research was very much dependent upon the research being done by researchers in one particular field of study. New-paradigm research is now more interdisciplinary and community-engaged. Today, research – through knowledge mobilization – has made academia more closely interconnected with and inclusive of community.

Without a sense of scaling-up this new-paradigm of research we cannot expect to overcome our global problems. Too much depends upon continuing to shift our research perspectives to pursue only one’s own research interests without considering how to also apply this research on a broader-scale. If researchers continue to approach problems considering only temporary gains, research may continue to perpetuate itself – but will always remain limited.

I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it again, researchers who connect the intellect of their minds with the development of a kind heart make the best knowledge mobilizers. When we embrace knowledge mobilization for social benefit with both brains and heart, with both thinking and action there is an opportunity to reinvent our ideas of knowledge to ultimately make the world a better place for everyone.

World conflicts and wicked problems that persist globally continue due to a failure to remember our common humanity. An answer to address these concerns is doing research with both intelligence and compassion. It’s time for researchers to transcend our usual research methods and regard research as a responsibility to benefit individuals, communities, nations and the world together.

To improve research globally in the world, I continue to encourage researchers to adopt knowledge mobilization strategies that can make considerable contributions to social benefit internationally – and focus research on addressing the wicked problems that still continue to plague us. The ultimate research “success” is about doing research that gives global humanity precedence – and knowledge mobilization has a large role to play in this process. In order to solve our human problems globally we must challenge current researchers and develop future researchers to combine their interests with those of our common humanity.

In the new-paradigm of research perhaps global knowledge mobilization will help overcome the wicked problems that continue to exist and new researchers will take on the challenge of doing research for greater social benefit worldwide.

The Success Or Failure Of A Society Is Determined By How Knowledge Is Shared

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The success or failure of a society is determined by how knowledge is shared. Knowledge is not only measured in terms of how much or how little we have but in how it is shared. A person may have an abundance of knowledge; however, without sharing knowledge and an openness to the knowledg of others knowledge can still be considered “useless” no matter how much knowledge a person has.

Yet it’s also important to not worry about how much or how little knowledge we have. The very act of sharing knowledge combines knowledge and creates opportunities for the benefit of society and the general public. This is the importance of knowledge – the action of sharing it for social benefit.

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.

Learning From Knowledge Failure


How does failure to share knowledge teach you to try again to make knowledge exchange successful? Failure can be the building blocks to successful knowledge mobilization.

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.

What Does Knowledge Success Look Like?

What does knowledge success look like? To share knowledge for social benefit and learn new knowledge from others. To win the respect of others and appreciate the value and benefit of sharing knowledge to make the world a better place. To learn that everyone has knowledge to contribute to make the world a bit better – if we only take time to listen. Knowledge shared for the benefit of others is knowledge success.

This is a lesson on the perspectives of knowledge. Knowledge for social benefit does not only come from those people considered “intelligent” or “successful” in life. Knowledge success comes from the satisfaction of knowing that the knowledge we have shared with others is about connecting the diversity of knowledge found on this planet to make it better for everyone.

This type of knowledge success isn’t complicated. It’s a simple approach to being open to others and what they can teach us and what we may be able to teach them from whatever walk of life we’re from. Knowledge success does not depend on fame or fortune. Knowledge success is about Knowledge Mobilization.

Every day that we can share knowledge for social benefit – to help break down the knowledge barriers that plague this planet – is a successful knowledge day. Knowledge success is about respect for others and knowing that we all have knowledge to share. Knowledge is not limited to one area of life, one group or one person. Knowledge success is knowing that every human contact is an opportunity to learn and improve – for everyone.

Individual Knowledge Mobilization

As I move closer to 50 years of experiences and knowledge in my own life, I have come to realize that the greatest set-back to happiness in life is constantly struggling to be successful or popular. The greatest problems in life stem from seeking power and control – and ultimately it’s a lack of self-worth and value of one’s own knowledge and uniqueness (and accepting that of others) that sets back social benefit.

When we listen to the negative voices internally in our own heads and externally by others that call us worthless, unsuccessful or powerless we can see ourselves and the many individual experiences that have created our own unique individual knowledge as worthless. When this happens, we are ignoring all of the knowledge that we have gathered and have up to whatever point we are at in life…whatever age we are…and we forget the value of our own knowledge. And it’s not just academic knowledge learned in school that I’m talking about.  It’s the more important everyday knowledge about living life as you – “be yourself no matter what they say” (thank you very much Sting) – in order to contribute to making our world a better place for everyone. We cannot forget this last, important point – our actions should always be about trying to make society better, working together as unique individuals, remembering how individual knowledge connected to other individual knowledge has shaped us into the valuable people – human beings – we all are. That is what individual knowledge mobilization is all about.

Each of us is unique.  Each of us has unique experiences and knowledge to share with others and contribute to make this world a better place.  It took me a long time to recognize that in myself – and sometimes I still find those negative voices trying to overpower me. I wish I had heard more encouragement when I was growing up – parents need to recognize this most important responsibility of parenthood.  If I had parents who did, I probably wouldn’t have spent so much of my early life searching and feeling more “stupid” than knowledgeable.  I may have become more “successful” or “popular” in the sense that many think. Fortunately, I was able to meet people who saw the value in my own knowledge that I often overlooked. Fortunately, I was able to meet people who taught me the value of my own self-worth. Fortunately, we all live in an age when the power of social media for good can also help those who still hear and are still sadly guided by those negative voices – still feeling worthless and powerless.

Although it has come later in life, I now see my own value and accept it. I value my own thoughts and my ideas. I value my own knowledge and the power of individual knowledge mobilization to contribute to good in this world. I may not be “successful” or “powerful” in the sense that many people still think. But I have learned that by helping even one person recognize the value of themselves – the value of their own knowledge through my own individual knowledge mobilization, I am successful and powerful – because even in helping only one person I have contributed to making the world a better place. That’s where real success comes from. It’s when I connect my own knowledge with the knowledge of others – especially now through the use of social media – that I can make the world a better place. The original meaning of the word popular is “belonging to the people”. When we make everyone feel as if they belong, we are popular – we all become popular.

Unfortunately and realistically, the world is still full of hateful, rude or unjust people who want to hurt or insult others. There are still people who live their lives thinking that demeaning others and being cruel makes them powerful. I’ve had my own share of dealing with such people in my life. But I’ve learned they’re not really in “control”. Real control is about recognizing your own self-worth, your own uniqueness and the value of your own knowledge to rise above those hateful, rude or unjust people who do nothing to make the world a better place. It’s about individual knowledge mobilization for social benefit.

The Value Of Knowledge Creation


What is the value of knowledge creation? What is meant by value?  Value can be placed on something by any individual monetarily or emotionally. Which is more important?  I think the value of knowledge creation comes from the sharing of knowledge with others as part of social learning, and building on existing knowledge by creating new knowledge for social benefit.

When we learn from each other’s’ experiences and help each other to overcome life’s challenges by creating knowledge together – we are creating knowledge value. It’s important to encourage and support multiple sources of knowledge to create knowledge value. Knowledge of experiences that are not shared provides little social benefit.

The value of knowledge creation always needs to be understood in the context of how we share our life experiences – both personal and collective.  When we enable learning from these life experiences by creating a collective knowledge intention to make the world a better place the value of knowledge creation is clearly seen.

The value of knowledge creation seems to me to lie not only in the development of one’s own abilities but also how one has contributed knowledge for family, friends, home and community – which by its small and personal act connects to the larger whole and collective act of social benefit. Whenever a person has brought happiness to any situation in the life of a person one brings greater happiness to the world we live in.

No doubt, many people want to feel valuable or be successful. Before we die, we want to look back on our lives and know that our lives had some meaning, some value – that we accomplished many things with our knowledge that were useful and helpful to other people in the world.  What I find interesting is that my definition of “value” “knowledge” and “success” continues to change as I grow older. I see success and the value of knowledge creation in the little things that people do to connect with others to make the world a better place.

We live in a world that seems to define “value” “knowledge” and “success” with wealth, acquiring power or defeating others in direct competition.  Our “valued” “knowledgeable” and “successful” role models are wealthy athletes, movie stars, pop musicians and business people who are always in the media spotlight. We often overlook the success and value of knowledge creation by parents who have brought up their children to be loving and caring human beings. We often overlook the success and value of knowledge creation by small-business people who provide jobs and personal employee connections only to have to close down because big brand-name stores have moved into the neighbourhood – turning individual workers into little more than employee numbers. We often overlook the value of knowledge creation by artists who never find commercial success but stick to their valuable craft, the writer or poet who never publishes but continues to write – these are all people experiencing the value of knowledge creation at a smaller level – but never finding the broader public recognition of their success.

It’s in the sharing itself – not necessarily the size of the sharing that creates the value of knowledge creation. Sharing small still creates social benefit. The value of knowledge creation encompasses all aspects of your relationships – as a parent, a spouse, a partner, a friend, a citizen, a neighbour, a worker, a human being.  The value of knowledge creation comes from the sharing of individual knowledge with others in our personal lives which always builds on our collective knowledge. So keep sharing your own knowledge – and the value of your own knowledge creation will contribute to the value of knowledge creation for social benefit.

Knowledge Success

Self-improvement can bring success but social improvement can bring greater success.