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Knowledge for Development

as in: Learning is Development 

Knowledge for Development

as in: Learning is Development 


This statement is a record of a continuously changing understanding of the above mentioned subject matter. Due to its objectified nature it will never be entirely up-to-date and/or encompassing the entirety of the holistic picture that is one’s mind. It serves various purposes.

(a) it acts as a point of departure and reference for every conversation that I engage in that relates to the above topic.

(b) it acts as a reminder of the underlying concepts of my activities in this field.

(c) it’s evolving nature shall illustrate a learning process when looked at in retrospect.

Development means learning and learning is something that only animals (including humans) are capable of (organisations and other systems change rather than learn and develop). Thus, development is about people and this has implications for facilitating (people’s self-)development.

The result of learning (personal development) is knowledge (and sometimes/maybe wisdom) and as such stays at the individual level. Anything abstracted from the context of an individual’s mind and being (and everything that comes with it) is either information or data. This statement itself, is an information (no matter how long and complex it might be/get).

Knowledge objects do not exist, knowledge transfer does not exist, knowledge management does not exist, knowledge exchange does not exist. Knowledge creation is a personal thing happening as part of people’s intrinsically motivated information (seeking) behaviour.

Human beings and their context can only be separate at the conceptual level; never in actuality. The lived experience is never abstract. Yet it is the lived experience that enables learning. Engagement with the self and context (which are only in theory separate things) enables development, no one can do that (for someone) but the self.

Development is about freedom; facilitating development is about reducing barriers, tackling injustice and unfairness, listening and understanding, conscious practice, modest expectations, awareness of systems and complexity, awareness of the self in the environment.

Every single statement above has implications, in relation with the other statements (coherent in my mind) and on its own. Responses to some questions become somewhat (but never entirely) predictable.

This information is a product of my mind; as such, highly personal and (if you like) subjective, but also well informed by research and practice.

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