Whether its telling a story, writing a TPS report, publishing a finding, or writing postal correspondence … all are methods of sharing knowledge. As people, we are constantly experiencing moments and storing facts. But to become a resource hell-bent on sharing knowledge is a much different state of being.
Sharing knowledge isn’t sharing information. Information involves simple things: facts, and figures; words, phrases, and objects. Knowledge binds lots of information together to mean something. So, when you actively share knowledge, you aren’t just perpetuating drivel; you’re being useful.
Human beings already share knowledge in so many ways, it might seem silly to suggest that it should be done even more. But, at the same time it is easy to be overburdened with fleeting simple information these days. So, providing real knowledge to people becomes more valuable.
To share knowledge, ensure that you have context and purpose surrounding the simple tidbits you provide. Have a plan, have a purpose. Give someone a place to go in conversation, or a reason to find a report or finding relevant.
GroundWork creates Knowledge-Sharing Applications in order to save people time and ensure that the shared knowledge is consistent. We do it by taking lots of little pieces and tying them together to create context, just like you can do in your workaday world.
Sharing information alone is necessary. Sharing enough of it and with a purpose gives you knowledge. In everyone’s mind, knowledge is kept. Sure there are smells and visions, touches, and tastes. But they combine to make something larger, something whole. You want to form knowledge because with enough of it, you can see knowledge systems, and make sense of the world. You want to share knowledge because doing so makes you an asset to others and connects you--binds you--with them in the same story.
Share to be useful. Share to be the expert. Sharing is caring.
If you share knowledge in a way that doesn’t take an increasing amount of time, you win. If you do so recklessly—always in need of being the sole source of knowledge, you hamper yourself. When you share knowledge artfully, you save time and improve your lot in life. You also end up filling in the gaps for others.
When you create applications that share knowledge, it doesn’t take an increasing amount of your time to share just a little more. You can spend time gathering new concepts instead of rehashing old ones.