Somehow deep down we all know what knowledge means but it costs us a lot to explain it in a simple straightforward manner. Even “a justified true belief”, one of the most popular definitions, is rather complex when you start to think of the components that led to it. This only reflects the undeniable complex nature of knowledge.
Even if we go up to someone and ask them for their definition of knowledge, they will look up and think for awhile. Very few are actually able to explain it without hesitating and maybe 4 out of 10 answers will be similar. Truth is, everyone defines it in a very particular way. If you don’t believe it just ask the nearest group of people and see what they have to say.
For professionals in the fields of research and development, knowledge management, innovation, talent development, etc this is very important since it is directly related to the essence of what they are supposed to do. Even school children nowadays are taught theory of knowledge because it’s considered vital for them to design their own learning path.
Now that we are reaching the end of another year, I wonder if it is the right time to open up the question again. I am sure that our understanding of knowledge has evolved in some way since the rise of social networks and the evolution of communication methods (specially amongst the younger generation) have changed the way we develop and transfer knowledge.
Let us take a moment to reflect about this and finally share our definition for knowledge. I will collect all definitions in order to analyze them, pick up patterns from various groups and finally share the results with you all. since this post is likely to be shared on various pages such as linkedin forums, I will take the liberty of copying any contribution and place them in this blog so that anyone can see them in just one place.
Remember that there is no right or wrong answer. Just contribute with your experience and forget about early theories. I can assure you that the results will change our current perception on knowledge. There are also no limits regarding who can participate. All views are welcomed and will be received with the upmost appreciation.
In order to kick off, let me share my definition of knowledge:
©Jose Carlos Tenorio Favero
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