BLOG SURF: Knowledge

What is knowledge? The Oxford dictionary defines it as “information and skills acquired through experience or education” though I particularly like Oxford’s second definition: “the sum of what is known”.

Knowledge is a comically grandiose term to describe the information that an organization develops, accumulates and shares. Part of my work as a consultant involves the management and sharing of knowledge.

In the wonderful world of international development, the ancient practice of learning and sharing what you know has become “knowledge management”. This concept has become so complex and convoluted in recent years that it is nearly impossible to describe what “knowledge” means on a practical level.

Every organization defines it differently, but I think we can all agree that knowledge management specialists use knowledge platforms to share knowledge solutions and knowledge assets in order to improve the knowledge capabilities.