Knowledge

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”

– Benjamin Franklin

 

Information is not knowledge

“Knowledge Management Systems deal with information … so they are a class of information system and may build on, or utilise other information sources.” – Wikipedia definition.

And this is the problem – today’s knowledge management in organisations is focussed on information, NOT on knowledge!

Knowledge needs mind

Knowledge has been defined as “familiarity with something, acquired through experience or education”.

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What works, what’s possible?

Information piled on information does not become knowledge – it needs the intervention of the human mind. The mind derives value and meaning from information placed in context.

Making intangible knowledge tangible

Some knowledge can be codified: written down or incorporated in systems and processes. The really valuable knowledge is held in the minds of the people in your organisation: unstructured, subjective, with personal meaning and values. This knowledge is best expressed anecdotally, as stories or perceptions.

Akumen is a world leader in working with this anecdotal knowledge. We distil it and present it in a meaningful way, such that the leaders of an organisation really can know the essence of what all their people know.

This gives them the best chance to act with wisdom.