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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 67-68

Share knowledge, else information preys on it...

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of International Clinical Dental Research Organization

Date of Web Publication28-Oct-2014

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Sangeeta Dhir
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of International Clinical Dental Research Organization

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DOI: 10.4103/2231-0754.143470

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Knowledge can neither be stolen by a thief nor snatched by a king.

is indivisible unlike ancestral property, it never burdens the bearer,

multiplies manifold when offered to others.

is the supreme form of wealth[1]

This is an English translation for a beautiful Sanskrit verse about the uniqueness of Free Knowledge Sharing. While the above is an axiom, the words of Albert Einstein are even more practical, which say that "Information is Not Knowledge.0" The metaphor of sharing knowledge in our rigmarole of day to day life is "Right to Information." This information, when blended with knowledge, reaps its results.

Mahatma Gandhi in his eloquence once mentioned "A teacher who establishes rapport with the taught, becomes one with them, learns more from them than he teaches them"... Which indirectly symbolises that knowledge sharing actually begets more of it to the imparter. [2]

What is the thin line between information and knowledge: Knowledge is not the same as information or data. "Knowledge is a morphed mix of framed experience, values, contextual information, and expert insight that provides a framework for evaluating and incorporating new experiences and information. It originates and is applied in the mind of knowers. In plain simple words, knowledge is the application of information in our day to day activities, which gets honed by sharing and discussing. Similar to how we improve our driving, swimming, cycling skills."

Knowledge is a process of continuous evolution, and a soul with a "hungry" brain is never soaked enough in it to call itself satiated.

Picture this: When it comes to sharing knowledge, universe is made up of two kinds of people, those who hoard knowledge and those who share it. Only two kinds of people. Period!

There are thousands of people out there with the same degree you have. When you get a job, there will be thousands of people doing what you want to do for a living. But you are the only person alive who has sole custody of your life. Your particular life. Your entire life. Not just your life at a desk, or your life on the bus, or in the car, or at the computer. Not just the life of your mind, but the life of your heart. Not just your bank account, but your soul. A soul is a giver, not a taker: People don't talk about the soul very much anymore. It's so much easier to write a résumé (pile of information) than to craft a spirit (knowledge) a résumé (information) is cold comfort on a winter night. Conversely, they say, being a leader (sharing knowledge) is not to have followers, albeit, is all about creating leaders. How does one create leaders? Simple, just let your soul free, unshackle yourself from the insecurity of keeping information (aka knowledge) close to your chest.

Our knowledge is so closely tied to our identity that it's very important to each of us that our peers view us as knowledgeable and skillful. The key argument of the hoarders (people who keep information close to their chest and treat it as a perishable commodity OR as material possession/wealth which depletes) goes as follows, "I spent a lot of time and effort in learning what I know. This knowledge gives me an edge over my colleagues. So why should I share my knowledge and cut the branch on which I am sitting?"

One of the major ways we demonstrate that to our peers is by sharing our knowledge with them. However, sharing knowledge is risky, the other person may make a cutting remark about it or indicate that it's not worth listening to. The relationships we build with others provide a needed level of confidence that our knowledge will be treated with respect. Knowledge sharing and relationship are coupled.

Depiction 1 [Additional file 1] below is a figurative expression of an artist trying to explain the difference between information and knowledge. Information traditionally and scientifically proves that one needs a parachute to land, while knowledge (applied information) suggests alternate ways. And this comes with sharing.

Why should I share my knowledge? This question in light of the phenomenon described above, sounds so apt, and at the same time is so HOLLOW. The question is based on the assumption that people don't want to share what they know and therefore require an incentive to get them to do it. And that assumption is inaccurate.

Charles Darwin mentions: "In the long history of humankind (and animal kind too), those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed."

Depiction 2 [Additional file 2] below expresses a fact that there are people in this world who are "seekers" and will always collaborate to find "knowers" In consensus with what Charles Darwin said, the following must provide substantial drive and a convincing philosophy for a beleaguering mind which keeps wanting a reason to share knowledge.

Reasons to soak:

  1. You got to pay forward.
  2. Sharing knowledge helps you grow.
  3. Sharing knowledge builds your profile as an expert leader while creating leaders (not followers).
  4. Sharing knowledge helps fill gaps in your knowledge: Self-correction.
  5. Sharing knowledge helps you build connections between disparate circumstances.
  6. Sharing Knowledge helps you build your network.
  7. Finally, sharing knowledge is uplifting.

The pertinent question is, "What causes people to be willing to share their knowledge with others?"

There is both anecdotal and research data available to support the above question that, as souls (read as good human beings), we willingly share what we know, provided we have resolved the unconscious shackles of insecurity, or a sense of possession of a material wealth rooted deep within us, which deters from sharing, with a fear of depleting our knowledge).

Knowledge sharing is in a way building relationship, while creating a larger hub, which in turn polarises to bring about the change.

A food for thought for us:

Let us know that a day will come when we will be called into contribution. We will know when it happens. We will recognize it. We won't wonder if we should or shouldn't, nor will we question our motives. We will simply - with grace and dignity, and fullness of heart - do what needs to be done. That will participate in our own little way to pay back OR forward, by sharing our knowledge, in a most convenient fashion, which will create leaders, and in the process bridge the gap in our information, human relations with a strong network around us which will lift the society at large.

Wishing all a prosperous festive time and happy reading!!

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Quotes: Best 50 Sharing Knowledge Quotes - Words of Great Wisdom - Written by Soccer Widow.  Back to cited text no. 1
Wisdom Bytes: The Journal of a Recovering Sysadmin-Vivek Varghese Cherian's Blog.  Back to cited text no. 2

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