Knowledge Starts With The Individual
I think knowledge starts with the individual. The effectiveness of an organization in using information and achieving business objectives is a reflection of how well their people are empowered to manage the data around them. In my view this is not just a matter of providing technological resources but a matter of helping people develop certain skill sets such as information literacy and personal knowledge management. These two skill areas focus on a person’s ability to find,manage and use information in an effective way. Acquiring knowledge is a task that is both subjective and objective.
The subjective aspect encompasses our emotions, thoughts and assumptions. It guides our ability to make sense of the world we live in. Our ability to derive knowledge from our experiences is determined by these faculties. The objective aspect is defined by the outside world we engage in daily. Lived experience provides the materials for knowledge acquisition. I think it is a mistake to assume that experience equals wisdom. External experience is not the deciding factor in the attainment of knowledge. A person’s ability to make sense of what they see,live and experience is the deciding factor. Embracing experience, distilling it to its essential elements, observing its patterns and placing a value on those observations is necessary for learning to occur. I believe that by helping people master their subjective resources you help them master their objective ones.
Did I miss something? What are your thoughts on how people can more effectively acquire knowledge?