by Lucky Lowe

Issue: 51

Journal section: Editorial
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Received: 2010-08-10


The primary importance of building on what people know and helping them to do it better is well accepted. Yet we still struggle to grasp how we can best create and share knowledge. So when human existence and prosperity relies so heavily on our individual and collective ability to recognize existing and generate new knowledge why is it often so hard to do well?

Data, information, knowledge, know-how, communication; these are concepts influenced by the context in which we think or talk about them. Words are not only words, but much more... they reflect personal values, cultural norms, commercial worth, intellectual property rights, emotions, power and more... the variety of purposes for which we need knowledge and ways we use it reflect the rich complexity of life.

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