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Towards a knowledge based society - the sks mission - saturday 15th dec12


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Presented to Schoolers Workshops Team, Faculty of Mathematical Sciences, University f Khartoum, Sudan

Towards a knowledge based society - the sks mission - saturday 15th dec12

  1. 1. Towards a Knowledge Society :The mission of the Sudanese Knowledge Society
  2. 2. NASA Earth Observatory image 2012.Find on: 15/12/2012 2
  3. 3. Seminar Outline• Knowledge & its Concepts – Knowledge Age – Knowledge Society – Knowledge Economy• The Sudanese Knowledge Society – Vision, mission, structure, objectives and activities – Why should you join?15/12/2012 3
  4. 4. Becerra-Fernandez & Sabherwal, Knowledge Management Systems and Processes, 2010 Knowledge Subjective Objective View View Knowledge Knowledge Knowledge Knowledge as Knowledge as a State as Practice as an Object Access to as of Mind Information Capability15/12/2012 4
  5. 5. Knowledge “... is understanding gained from experience”. The know-how, born of experience, that allows correct decisions to be made, and effective processes to be developed and applied. “... is a fluid mix of framed experience, values, contextual information, and expert insight that provides a framework for evaluating and incorporating new experiences and information. It originates and is applied in the minds of know-ers. In organisations, it often becomes embedded not only in documents or repositories but also in organisational routines, processes, practices, and norms.” [Davenport & Prusak, 2000]15/12/2012 5
  6. 6. The Knowledge Age  Evolution of the concept of knowledge (Eurocentric)  Greeks: K is absolute truth  Medieval: All K is already known  Industrial: K is infinite  Information: K is global (digital revolution)  African Knowledge Systems  Verbal, un-codified, embedded  Indigenous, local  Dates back to 1000s of years15/12/2012 6
  7. 7. Knowledge Age Characteristics  K is the actual product − Value Creation − “Important” Truths  Production of K − Finding the experts − Collaborating productively − Innovating − Thinking systems − Valuing different types of K − Rewarding the “knowledgeable”15/12/2012 7
  8. 8. Information & Knowledge Society• Information society is more about technology while the contemporary concept of knowledge societies encompasses much broader social, ethical and political dimensions.• Emphasis on rights such as : – Equity – Freedoms – Accessibility – ...15/12/2012 8
  9. 9. Control of Knowledge• The control of knowledge is associated with inequality, exclusion and social conflict. – Exclusive circles, wise men• The demand for democracy, the concept of openness and the gradual emergence of a public forum for knowledge, fostered the spread of the ideas of universality, liberty and equality. – Books, printing press, schools, universities, ...15/12/2012 9
  10. 10. Access to Knowledge• The current spread of new technologies and the emergence of the internet as a public network brings new opportunities to widen the public knowledge forum.• Can we reach “universal access to knowledge, and genuine sharing”?15/12/2012 10
  11. 11. A Knowledge Society• “A knowledge society is a society that is nurtured by its diversity and its capacities ...• It is about its capabilities to identify, produce, process, transform, disseminate and use information to build and apply knowledge for human development.” [UNESCO] – Is inclusive and skill-oriented – Fosters knowledge sharing – Creates new opportunities for development through ICTs15/12/2012 11
  12. 12. Metacognition• A key skill in the knowledge society: – An awareness of the gaps in one’s own knowledge and the ability to fill in those gaps – Metacognitive individuals view work as continuous, self-directed learning embedded in the fabric of daily life. Their chief goal is performance improvement.15/12/2012 12
  13. 13. The Knowledge Economy" The concept that supports creation of knowledge by organizational employees and helps and encourages them to transfer and better utilize their knowledge that is in line with company/organization goals “ [Wikipedia]Views Knowledge & Education as:• A business product, as educational and innovative intellectual products and services can be exported for a high value return.• A productive asset.15/12/2012 13
  14. 14. KE Pillars [World Bank]15/12/2012 14
  15. 15. Knowledge Economy Index (KEI)  Measures countrys ability to generate, adopt and diffuse knowledge  Indicates potential of knowledge development15/12/2012 15
  16. 16. 10 Priorities for Africas KE 1. Knowledge and Innovation 2. Building Integrated Policies 3. Mobilising Leadership 4. Innovation by Local Communities 5. Innovation Aligned with Domestic Strengths and National Needs 6. Education Reform 7. ICTs 8. Open Development Processes 9. Building on the Know-how of Others 10.Strategic Monitoring and Evaluation15/12/2012 16
  17. 17. Knowledge & Innovation“... the process of creation, exchange, evolution, and application of K to produce new goods, services or social arrangements that are experienced as beneficial by a community, a market, or society” [World Bank] 15/12/2012 17
  18. 18. Who innovates?DST (South Africa), M. of foreign Affairs (Finland), and World Bank. Seminar on Utilising Knowledge for Development: 10 Priorities for Africa. 200715/12/2012 18
  19. 19. Land Area R & D Expenditure Wealth in 201515/12/2012 19
  20. 20. Knowledge Management  “Knowledge Management is the leveraging of collective wisdom to increase responsiveness and innovation.”  K is connected  KM is a catalyst  K is applicable in new environments15/12/2012 20
  21. 21. Knowledge Management Change Management Communities of PracticeComplex Adaptive Systems KM is a concept in which an E-learning organisation gathers, organizes, IC Valuation shares, and analyzes the knowledge K Services of individuals and groups across the Project Management organization in ways that directly Learning Organisation affect performance” Professional K Discipline System Thinking Robert S. Seiner 15/12/2012 21
  22. 22. An Enabling Environment for KM  Information Culture  Access to Technology  Human Resources  Organisational Process Stability  Leadership Commitment  ...15/12/2012 22
  23. 23. Sudanese Knowledge Society (SKS)• Born out from KMCA2012• Registered as Cultural Society in June 2012• Draws from UNESCO’s definition of a Knowledge Society with a: – Vision to realising the knowledge society in Sudan. – Mission to work for enabling institutions, organizations and the people of the Sudan to utilise the concepts, methods and values of the knowledge society – with particular emphasis on the utilisation of knowledge management.15/12/2012 23
  24. 24. Goal and Strategy• Our goal is to serve as a catalyst in the transformation of Sudan into a knowledge society -- which is a source of human and sustainable development.• Our key strategy is “Knowledge to empower people”15/12/2012 24
  25. 25. Who we are and our objectives?• A multidisciplinary and diverse group of individuals (academics, professionals, craftspeople, students, development workers, etc.) working together to achieve : – Fostering knowledge sharing among the Sudanese society (e.g. through regular documentation) – Sensitization of KM among the different segments of society – Raising the profile of KM as a profession – Mapping for sources of knowledge in Sudan – Contributing to building the capacities for the different segments of society to utilize KM as a tool – Creating knowledge networks that are inclusive of the diverse sources of knowledge15/12/2012 25
  26. 26. SKS Structure Executive committee Chair Deputy General Finance Secretary Secretary Policy Events and Media and Knowledge Membership planning and Program Marketing Management Committee deployment Committee Committee Committee Committee  Governance structure includes a Board of Trustees  Partner Groups are linked to relevant office (e.g. 1%CLUB)15/12/2012 26
  27. 27. SKS Activities• Organising seminars, forums, open days, training courses, workshops and conferences, to contribute to building the capacity of its members and reach out to the wider community to realise its vision for Sudan as a prosperous knowledge society. The society will also engage in community projects of relevance to our mission, participate in related local and international events, support research and development efforts and share the expertise and ideas of society members with interested individuals , communities and organisations. • Focusing on Knowledge management as a knowledge age discipline, promote and support its application for personal and organisational use. Examples of other topics include: – Information and communication technologies as an opportunity for development. – Preservation and protection of Indigenous forms of knowledge . – Social, ethical and political dimensions that shape a knowledge society. 15/12/2012 27
  28. 28. SKS Membership• Current members are 38 (friends from KMCA in the 100s)• Need to become more visible and expand membership• Attract new members and make more friends: – Values upheld and activities conducted – Networks and partnerships15/12/2012 28
  29. 29. Why should you join SKS?• To help in emanating more of our Sudanese light by: – Networking with like minds towards positive social change – Addressing broader issues of building knowledge societies – Promoting knowledge sharing as an approach15/12/2012 29
  30. 30. Group Discussion• What is the role of young people in the Knowledge Society? – Of mathematical sciences? – Of higher education institutions?15/12/2012 30
  31. 31. Thank you ...15/12/2012 31