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Hi David,

Yes, the term Knowledge Activist gets a lot of nods I think. I used it in an article I wrote, which will appear in David Gurteen's Global Knowledge Review next January, as well.

To me the term also combines nicely with what I think is still the most useful definition of knowledge for me, by Sveiby, "knowledge is the ability to act". It emphasises action, it makes it personal, and it covers the whole mix of information, experience, skills and attitudes that go into being able to act.

best,

Ton

I asked whether a committed young person wishing to do something socially useful with electronic media might consider themselves a knowledge activist ... and if so was there a job in it, and where would they get advice and support?

This is the single most prevalent unanswered question in my life.

As someone who very much enjoys developing new technology as a career, but who also very socially conscious and preoccupied with activism, I am constantly searching for guidance from those who have managed to effectively combine the two ventures. And I am constantly finding that these people do not exist.

I had to smile when I heard you mention the term "knowledge activist." I just recently had business cards printed up with the title "info provocateur." Works for me.

- Amy Gahran
Editor, CONTENTIOUS

"I asked whether a committed young person wishing to do something socially useful with electronic media might consider themselves a knowledge activist ... and if so was there a job in it, and where would they get advice and support?"

It's taken me a few years to find the term that describes my ideal career. I think you just coined it. Let me know if you ever do get answers to the above questions.

I think these guys make a living on this... http://www.commons.ca/

As a young person i have to wonder what exactly is a knowledge activist?,there's all kinds of definitions and none of which can really answer my question....but brings confusion to the mind not only to me but to my fellow colleagues as well,i hope that my problem will be eventually solved.

I've just decided to separate my business web site and make a dedicated activist web site (the USA 2006 Elections helped inspire this). So now I'm doing: guestbooks, surveys, weblogs and a forum...I just added Gregarius, an 'RSS aggregate,' and went looking for 'feeds.'

I've added yours.

I'll stay in touch.
this has been such an avalanch of new stuff it's hard to believe....

I would like to call myself a knowledge activist, and I too need to find some kindred spirits.

Shameless plugs:

Pubwan scratchpad (http://scratchpad.wikia.com/wiki/Pubwan); an attempt to recruit people to volunteer information captured primarily in the course of consumer transactions.

Vagrant Netizen tribe (http://tribes.tribe.net/netizen); an attempt to attract an online community of people who rely on public access to the internet.

Thanks Lori - I'm now thinking on the idea of social reporter

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