What is knowledge?
The short answer is there really is no short answer.
If you want a quick taste of why this is a tricky question to answer go to the Wikipedia article on knowledge. The most revealing line in the definition is this: However, no single agreed upon definition of knowledge exists, though there are numerous theories to explain it.
So if there is no agreed-upon definition for knowledge, how are we then supposed to accomplish knowledge sharing? How do we share something that we cannot agree upon?
Well the obvious answer is to look at the definition you are using and go from there.
However there is another approach, to which this blog and the work at KTNEXUS approach the issue of knowledge sharing. That is you focus on the infrastructure of knowledge sharing and less on what is actually being shared.
To be clear, this does not mean to ignore the actual content, or to dismiss its value. Instead this approach looks at knowledge as something that travels, and thus if you make the road smoother, you make the distance shorter, if you transport by another means, you increase the likelihood that the knowledge will get shared.
The guiding principle of KTNEXUS is to reduce the resistance for knowledge sharing. The ideal state is that there is zero resistance to knowledge sharing. In designing the logo for KTNEXUS this ideal was expressed allegorically. The logo for KTNEXUS is an electronic 0Ω resistor. Ω or Ohms is a physical measurement of electrical resistance.
While electricity and knowledge are two separate things they both do transmit power.