co-creating knowledge

The are many ways we can add value to information and knowledge. I have described 14 ways of sense-making as part of personal knowledge mastery. One of these is the use of infographics, such as one on PKM published here. Recently, Tanmay Vora created a visual description of learning and leadership, based on an article by Kenneth Mikkelsen and me.

“One of the crucial leadership skills for today and future is ability to learn constantly from various high quality sources, synthesizing information and collaborating with a community to get a better grasp of the constantly changing reality.” – Leadership, Learning & PKM

Here is Tanmay’s infographic.

Image: Tanmay Vora

Image: Tanmay Vora

Tanmay Vora’s visual synthesis adds value by showing connections that may not have been obvious in our HBR published article. When we create content and publish it in an open form, we invite opportunities to further contextualize it, seeing it from different perspectives. The network enables us to co-create new context and add meaning. I have never met Tanmay but we have become knowledge co-creators. This is the power of social learning in digital networks, enabling knowledge to flow in directions we cannot know in advance.

8 Responses to “co-creating knowledge”

  1. William Creswell

    When I wrote about using social media for learning in 2013, (abstract at the challenge then was how to adapt or restrain the “lawless” environment of social media for use in formal learning, while preserving its intuitive ease of use. In the years since, we’re seeing that the community of users is adapting social media organically by synthesizing formal knowledge with user-generated knowledge as Vora’s infographic demonstrates. The next challenge will be for organizattions to measure the impact of this user-mediated informal learning, and recognize its value. Then encourage and reward learners and employees for participating and engaging in both individual and communal knowledge-building as the path to performance improvement, continuous learning and career enhancement

  2. tyelmene

    A fundamental characteristic of knowledge is the degree to which it is shared. If I decide this character”}” means the quantity 5 and no one else is aware of that, my } is absolutely worthless/devoid of meaning. If however I have cooperatively agreed with the members of a project team that WE’ve decided to use } in the quantity of 5 capacity for some actionable reason, then } becomes meaningful information; knowledge (for us).

    IMHO, all knowledge is by definition “co-created,” as the act of acquiring the information into one’s own personally held construct of meaning is an act of creation for them. Their creative act is by it’s similarity then, “shared” with whomever else has also created the same/similar meaning for themselves, even if it was done 1000 years earlier. This is the essence of what “knowledge” truly IS!

  3. George Schofield

    In my work I am often called upon to help business leaders and workers distinguish between Information and Knowledge. They want to use the terms interchangeably. Information can sit passively on any storage device. Knowledge requires an active Knower. The Knower – especially in today’s world of reduced shelf life of knowledge – must be continually acquiring, sorting, evaluating, integrating, tossing out, and testing. It’s the essence of Perpetual Beta in my view.

    Certainly this is all alive and well in the world of work-for-pay and leadership. I would argue that it’s also highly present in the lives of people in personal/professional transition, especially those between 50 and Elderly. We know lots about early childhood development. We know lots about elderly and decline. With extended life spans, the decline of retirement, significant other social change, and the need for extended financial/health resources to support longer lives of activity and meaning, the Pioneers between 50 and Elderly are going to need the tools and wisdom now being made available to Business Leaders

  4. Evans

    Awesome article. This is the power of social learning in digital networks, enabling knowledge to flow in directions we cannot know in advance.


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