The only knowledge that can be managed is our own

“Every amateur epistemologist knows that knowledge cannot be managed. Education has always assumed that knowledge can be transferred and that we can carefully control the process through education. That is a grand illusion.” ~ Dave Jonassen

The only knowledge that can be managed is our own. In my opinion, knowledge management should be about supporting personal knowledge management in networks, with a distributed, not centralized, approach. Net Work Literacy entails self-organized learning while cooperating in diverse networks. Each of us is responsible for our own learning and in this network era we are now obliged to share that learning. If no one shared what they have learned there would be no Wikipedia or other free learning resources on the web.

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  1. shirley

    Thanks for the reminder of … “Each of us is responsible for our own learning and in this network era we are now obliged to share that learning.”

    I learned about you/your work through my Greenleaf Academy instructor, Jeff Miller. (He is quite the fan of your work, as I, too, have become. He shared your sense making and personal knowledge management with us, as encouragement to consider how we might want to gather our servant leadership learnings.) I very much enjoy what you share.

    This post reminded me of what I shared in my final paper for Jeff’s course (Applying the Key Practices of Servant Leadership. A tidbit – http://shirlnutkin.blogspot.com/2012/01/thanks-greenleafcenter.html – toward the end, I write about 3 topics I am exploring and inter-connecting: systems thinking, storytelling, philosophy. For philosophy, I shared the intent of … bringing together servant leadership and my other interest in the epistemology of knowledge and ignorance, (to) develop my voice about my belief of a person’s ability to make a difference through our connectedness.

    I believe that your little post not only is a reminder to me about keeping in the line of sight my “Key Practices” exploration but also is a reminder to me to be mindful of the “distributed vs. centralized” as part of whatever questions I pose in exploring the understanding, sharing, and expectations of knowledge and ignorance.

    Thank you again.