I’ve created a new blog on Linking knowledge domains: knowledge integration across boundarieswhich aims to act as an access point for work on cross-domain knowledge integration which I’ve been doing for IKM Emergent over the past few years in collaboration with Josine Stremmelaar of Hivos and Wenny Ho. In particular, it will link to the seminar which took place on 23-24 January 2012 in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Multiple knowledges, what does it mean to us?
The IKM emergent programme is concerned with a number of issues but one of its central premises, and perhaps where it’s biggest added value resides, is the concept of multiple knowledges, and how to take them into account when developing IKM interventions.
On the first day of the annual IKM working groups’ meeting in Cambridge, working group 3 tried to unpack this core concept that will shape IKM Emergent work in the four-year period to come.
As a starting point, our group tried to make sense of signals we had sensed re: the concept of multiple knowledges, i.e. what we understood was the underlying idea behind and what it could mean for IKM Emergent’s work.
Random associations came to our mind: Power relations, power structures, multiple realities, world views i.e. between individuals, group knowledge, community of practice etc. Who is deciding what is knowledge or what is relevant knowledge?
Multiple knowledges, multiple worldviews, how to create space for them in development interventions and how to connect them?
Thanks to our ever inspired Valerie Brown, we continued our discussion based on a series of research activities in several hundreds of Western communities, which identified five different constructions of knowledge:
- Individual knowledge
- Local community knowledge
- Specialised knowledge
- Organisational knowledge (also related to political knowledge);
- Holistic knowledge
These constructs relate to learning styles and provide various systems of rating the relevance of knowledge sources.
From there we tried to identify key dimensions of knowledge which could influence one’s worldview (and as such would hint at the multiple knowledges we are concerned with):
Welcome to the new blog of IKM Emergent Working Group 3: Management of Knowledge.
Why ‘the giraffe’, you may wonder? Wise and farseeing, it is an elegant, swift animal, capable of outrunning and conquering many of its foes, surviving in harsh circumstances. Its long neck, sharp ears and far-sighted vision contribute to a strong sense of perception to what is going on in its wide surroundings.
Similarly, this working group takes a broad perspective on the role of knowledge specific to the environment in which it is fostered, while maintaining a long-term vision.
On this collaborative blog we aim to keep you updated on the progress, ideas and thoughts we develop in the process of this working group.