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December 12, 2005

The Yule Punch-inspired KM Discussion

I went to a local holiday party last week and as usual I was asked what I do, etc.

I usually give a bland answer to these sort of inquries but having had my share of Yule punch I actually responded that I studied knowledge in all its varied forms, etc. I was then asked an interesting question from a professor of mathematics that was new to me and that you might find interesting, too. He asked me what word I would use to replace the word knowledge in my talks, research, etc. if for some reason I couldn’t use the word ever again.

I gave this some thought and came up with UNDERSTANDING. However thinking about this point is a good way to get discussions going in seminars, classes etc. when you get blank looks in asking students to say what they mean by the word knowledge.

I also began to think what could replace information. I would choose MESSAGE but once again there are many contenders for the role.

Any suggestions?

Posted by Larry Prusak on December 12, 2005 09:59 AM | Permalink

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How about context? Again and again as I talk to my coworkers, I hear that they need to understand WHY a policy or decision reads the way it does.

Posted by: Wendy Reynolds | December 22, 2005 08:50 PM

I think the term "meaning" not only replaces, but supersedes, "knowledge". Meaning is knowledge with value...purpose...use. Knowledge is too close to data/information to be of real use.


Posted by: George Siemens | December 12, 2005 03:11 PM

Perception comes to mind as knowledge and understanding are always processed and interpreted through human perception. No one of us share exactly the same perception of anything.
Interesting topic, thanks

Posted by: denyse lynch | December 12, 2005 01:56 PM

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