Intentional curation and the value of shared knowledge
This is a blog by Peter Murgatroyd, Library Manager, Counties Manukau Health Library
We live in a world with an unprecedented degree of complexity, fluidity and uncertainty. In order to meet the challenges that face us in health care we must embrace disruption. We must be continually reflective and fearlessly innovative.
In order to respond to new and unique challenges and opportunities we must change the script and embrace a new knowledge paradigm.
Knowledge can no longer be considered a static repository of resources, content and concepts to be “stored up for future use” but a dynamic and ever evolving confluence of people, experience, ideas and challenges.
Knowledge in the 21st century has been redefined. Reimagined. Knowledge as energy. Knowledge as verb.
In order to participate in a modern knowledge environment individuals, organisations and communities of practice must be able to connect and collaborate with others with complementary knowledge and ideas or who are facing similar challenges in order to create new knowledge and explore new solutions to today’s most pressing problems.
An understanding of ‘communities of practice’ – defined more by the relationships between members than organisational structures and fixed roles – where information flows between members across institutional, geographical, and thematic boundaries – is essential. Communities of practice complement existing structures by promoting collaboration, information exchange, and sharing of best practices across boundaries of time, distance, and organisational hierarchies.
Social media is changing the way people interact, present ideas and information, and communicate. The abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible via the internet is challenging us to revisit our roles. We must continuously explore new ways of opening up channels for knowledge sharing and opportunities for participation. Minimising barriers of access to information and data so that relationships can be developed, ideas exchanged and new knowledge created. Everyone is a learner. Everyone is a teacher. Anywhere. Anytime.
In an age of information overload, getting the right information is challenging. How do we distinguish knowledge that is relevant from that which is just noise? Technology, whilst an invaluable tool, is not a solution. Without a well defined and personalised knowledge ecosystem we can too often find ourselves wasting time and resources, reinventing wheels and following blind alleys.
Intentional curation: the alchemic blend of art, science and instinct that makes connections between people, ideas, challenges and solutions is a critical part of the jigsaw that will foster a culture of innovation and support the creation of new knowledge.
Curation can be defined as the filtering, analysing and sorting through vast amounts of content and presenting it in a coherent way organised around a specific theme or topic. Intentional curation is the human element that informs this process. Underpinned by the embedded presence of the curator in the organisation or community of practice and a shared understanding and vocabulary. Intentional curation moreover is fuelled by shared aspirations and a willingness to promote and champion the ideas of others and to foster collaborative relationships that are defined not by institutional imperatives, technology or political agendas but by a deep understanding of and commitment towards inclusive transformative change.
The Counties Manukau Health Library, in partnership with the Ko Awatea team, is committed to breaking down barriers of access to information and to fostering an inclusive culture of collaboration and knowledge sharing.
Knowledge clearinghouses curated by the Counties Manukau Health Library
Innovation and Improvement
Patient and Whanau Centred Care / Health Literacy
Health Information Resources for Patients and the Community
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