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

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What Is Research “Success”?

Research Success

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.

It’s Time To Unite With The Power Of Knowledge Mobilization (KMb)

Knowledge is not about ruling or conquering anyone. Sharing knowledge for social benefit is about helping one another to live in happiness, not in misery. Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) is about making room for everyone’s knowledge if it can make the world a better place.

The world is rich with a diversity of knowledge through personal experiences, but when greed and hate create knowledge that poisons us all, it can lead to misery and even bloodshed. We have developed an ability to share knowledge faster and more efficiently than any other generation in history with digital devices that can contribute to greater knowledge mobilization for greater social benefit – yet selfish or righteous knowledge can leave us cynical and blind to the greater power of knowledge sharing for social benefit.

Without the deeper significance of kindness – and not simply cleverness – in knowledge, selfish and righteous knowledge can lead to violence and a world that is lost. The Internet has brought us closer together as human beings. The very nature of social media is about sharing knowledge and the ability to create a world of knowledge connections that can lead  us to a greater universal understanding in our common humanity.

In this KMbeing blog, it is my sincere hope that my knowledge sharing and mobilization can reach out and touch many people throughout the world who find despair or embarrassment in their own knowledge or the knowledge of their communities when knowledge does not contribute to greater global understanding.  I have been honored and privileged to connect with blog followers in over 55 countries from around the world – and counting.

Some knowledge can make us victims and imprison us in systems of limited beliefs. Through knowledge mobilization, we can combine our diversity of knowledge and experiences from around the world and create new knowledge for universal benefit that can move us away from misery, despair, the bitterness of humanity, and the selfish or righteous knowledge that can hold us back from making the world a better place for everyone.

The progress of knowledge mobilization is the progress of humanity. Selfish or righteous knowledge can be eliminated and knowledge dictators can pass away if we all become knowledge mobilizers for social benefit. Never let knowledge enslave you, but rather let knowledge free you in the power of knowledge sharing to make the world a better place that can bring about better lives for everyone.

We all have the power of knowledge mobilization when we are open to the knowledge of others and open to sharing our knowledge – whether it be limited or extensive. We all have the power to make this world a better place through knowledge mobilization when it is shared for the beauty of social benefit for everyone.

KMb challenges us not to fight but unite for a better world – a world that values knowledge sharing from all walks of life and is open to listening to united human voices of knowledge for benefit and not harm. Knowledge mobilization can bring about a new and more decent world of human understanding that can give us all a chance to work together through knowledge sharing.

It’s time to unite to free the world with the power of knowledge mobilization, and do away with the barriers of selfish or righteous knowledge, and the greed and hate that creates knowledge that poisons us all. It’s time to unite for a world of new knowledge creation that respects the dignity of all our humanity and its diversity of knowledge. It’s time to unite for a world that combines this diversity of knowledge to create new knowledge to make the world a better place for everyone.  It’s time to unite for a  world where knowledge will lead to the progress of all humanity and the happiness of all humanity – where every person is joined in the power of knowledge mobilization.