Today knowledge is not power, but sharing knowledge is. Do you agree? Disagree?
With such generous sharing of professional expertise on social media, would you agree with the above statement? How has such sharing has benefited your business?
Mr Davinder, the word 'power' attached to knowledge, does not exist anymore. Firstly, we have the overload of information from the social media as also sharing of expertise through various sites. Sharing knowledge is in fact beneficial. The more you share, the more you get and learn. Florence MacDonald
Both are important because sharing of knowledge depends on knowledge if you have not knowledge so what can you share,....
Yep! It's no fun when you are the smartest person in the room.
To share knowledge one must first possess knowledge. I think the more beneficial debate would be "what is knowledge?"
To me knowledge is that unique blend of information and personal experience which takes you to a higher plane than you were before.
If you accept this, then you understand that it is possible for us to empower ourselves when we acquire "knowledge" and then enable others to empower themselves when we pass it on.
In this way knowledge as well as the sharing of knowledge is power and each of us has an opportunity and a responsibility to be a collector and sharer of knowledge.
I totally disagree (on one hand) but actually implicitly agree on the other.
I think you are just using semantics to make something appear to exist that does not.
In the old statement "Knowledge is power" there is the inherent understanding that it must be "shared, given or used." Knowledge in and of itself was NEVER the power, it was he/she who had the knowledge and then used it, leveraged it, shared it—they had the power.
So to me, the statement, "Knowledge is power" has always carried the connotation of "Knowledge used and shared is power."
So I disagree with the aspect of your statement which seems to suggest that "knowledge is power" meant something akin to "knowledge held is power."
But I do agree that "knowledge shared" is power, and I believe it always has been. And I believe it is what "Knowledge is power" has always meant.
No not at all. Without knowledge you have nothing to offer. It will always be one form of power.
By power, do you mean influence and wealth? In that case, relevance is power. Consider Google as a prime example.
It is indeed. I created an online platform for us company secretaries to share knowledge with each other way back in 2001 through yahoogroups, which was the earliest form of online networking and sharing so to speak. That was a purely social endeavour without any commercial interests in it.
Knowledge in action is power. Knowledge in action is via people collaboration and sharing.
Knowledge IS power.
You get knowledge from 2 sources.
1) You know it yourself or
2) You know where to get it.
Both implies that you are willing to share it.
There is NO power in knowledge unless it is shared.
It's like a battery. It has the power, but it is useless until it is plugged into something so that it can share it's power.
Wisdom, is the application of knowledge.
Knowing what is good from what is bad knowledge.
Knowing how to apply the knowledge.
Of course I agree, it's the sharing economy. Open source, crowdfunding, it all makes sense to me.
My business has grown not by selling, but sharing content, demos, freemiums, assistance without personal gain, etc. Everyone should be so lucky.
To me, big general questions like this are pointless. Again, to me, the devil is always in the details. For example, I have a handful of processes and materials that are part of larger production processes. They are not patented, in part because I stupidly neglected to have that thought battle before I started selling and they are smallish volume affairs.
In any event, if I blog or explain how I do those processes, a good chunk of my retail customers would then have all they need to do an 'end-around' and make their own version of my product.
So - NO I do not share my knowledge with respect to those processes. Sharing would cost me money and inspire the loss of some fraction of my retail sales.
On a larger level, why would anyone share something that has cost them money to collect, collate, sort, analyze, etc? If I do a survey and have to pay people for their time collecting and again for their time parsing and analyzing, how does it help me if I then give that away for free?
One answer is if I am a non-profit, e.g. an entity doing a poll on the Election candidates. Something like that could be seen as knowledge with a cost that is publicly released at no cost.
What's your point in asking such a question?
Applied knowledge is power. So you have a point.
I often benefit from the concepts I learn from the social networks, which I then apply to better what I do personally and professionally.
Depends on your definition of power. If sharing one's professional expertise improves other people's jobs, lives, etc,. it will also showcase not only your expertise but you as a brand. Brand = Reputation.
By writing and publishing a number of articles in my field of expertise it has opened a number of doors I thought would not be available to me....gaining a professorship at an institute of higher learning, published articles showcasing my expertise to a wider audience, being approached about writing a book with those articles as the center piece.
It depends upon whom you ask. I believe that applied knowledge is power. What good is knowledge if it is not used for something worthwhile? Sharing it is (usually) honorable but it should be true and meaningful to be truly powerful. For example, there are many scientists who have theories but science is truth, e.g. the laws of physics. Today we hear of theories before they are proven to be true and they are presented as knowledge before being proven true.
Oh I totally agree - sharing the knowledge is key - how else are you going to get someone to believe in what you have to say about a particular subject matter? I am not saying you need to give away the bank - but there are many tips and even some tricks that you should share.
It validates your position - my business blog is just what it is - a blog full of different tips and info - I have done this from the beginning - I don't have annoying ads pop up - I truly share the information with you and where it came from.
I totally believe in promoting the author of the information (if it is something someone else put together) and I don't do it to get something in return.
The most annoying thing for me is the process of getting hooked in to some type of info and when you click to "read more" you have to sign up or you can't read the rest. Or you click to "read more" and you have to make your way thru so many ads before you get to read the rest of the article.
I immediately click off and I delete that person from my email list - I find that offensive - if you are putting some tidbit out there for others to view - make sure that it is ad and email sign up free - you are hurting your reputation by thinking that you will get them to click on an ad just so you can make a few pennies.
Yes, I agree sharing knowledge is more powerful in today's social media world. Prospective clients read my blog and social media posts to gain an understanding of who I am. If they like my style and content, then they retain my services.
Sharing promotes TRUST, provided the people, employees are open and receptive....Goes to emotional intelligence I think...A mission & vision helps to define expectations which is shared knowledge, people have an idea about you from that knowledge, you share.
...a silly question IMHO. Having knowledge provides power to those who possess it and sharing knowledge is powerful both for the giver and receiver...