Sharing of knowledge leads to immortality - Pratima, Co-ordinator at MLZS_HSR

“A teacher who establishes rapport with the students, Becomes one with them, learns more from them than he teaches them.”  - Mahatma Gandhi.

I remember once Vasa Sir shared that there was language which was only spoken by a particular community, but they were not generous enough to share their language with others, as a result of which their language perished with them.

Sharing knowledge has helped mankind to survive and evolve into the intelligent and productive species we are today.  But why do people don’t believe in sharing nowadays?

There could be many reasons for not doing so, we are often too slow to recognize how much and in what ways we can assist each other through sharing expertise and knowledge. Sometimes our pride acts as a hindrance for not seeking advice from others and also from discovering new and better ways of doing things. Sometimes lack of trust and time comes in the way of sharing knowledge. Factors such as individualism, inadequate technology, top down decision making etc. can also cause people to refrain from sharing their knowledge.

In many languages the verb “to know” has two first person forms:”I know” and “we know”. “I know “refers to the possession of knowledge by an individual whereas “we know” refers to knowledge that belongs to a group (shared knowledge). Shared knowledge is systematic in its nature and the product of more than one individual.

It changes and evolves over time because of its continued application; on the other hand personal knowledge depends crucially on the experience of a particular individual. We all have witnessed many successful projects and targets and celebrated and congratulated our peers for that, but how many of us took time to share or learn the knowledge our peers gained?

Perhaps, it is time now to learn and to share our best practices with each other, because knowledge is most useful when liberated and shared.  Unless you try to do or learn something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

It has been observed that exchange of ideas with colleagues/peers often result in improvisation which may not have been part of the earlier plan. It is always useful to invite suggestions from  different people who can contribute with their own perspective and experiences which in turn enhances results. I would like to conclude with the following quote-

“Sharing will enrich everyone with more knowledge”.
By Pratima- Co-ordinator MLZS_HSR