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What does the Constellation mean by a Knowledge Asset?

In the Constellation, a Knowledge Asset is our attempt to document and to organise the shared common knowledge of our community as it evolves and grows.

We currently have a project to build Knowledge Assets on the practices that we find in the Self Assessment framework. Our ambition is to capture the experiences of people as they work to improve their level in each practise.

Our definition of Knowledge Assets presents a daunting challenge. The Constellation is a rapidly growing organisation whose members work with the Community Life Competence process in a wide variety of settings around the world. With our definition of a Knowledge Asset, we are trying to pull together and to maintain a statement of the knowledge that we hold in common that is related to the practices.

We will present and explain the example of the Knowledge Asset for the practices of the Self Assessment below. However, you can find a more detailed discussion of the ideas behind the Knowledge Asset in the sub-page 'Background to Knowledge Assets'. 

The Global Knowledge Asset of the Constellation

You will find the current version of the Global Knowledge Asset on Ning, our social network site Ning. Just look under the 'Resources' tab or go directly to this page.

Here you will find a Knowledge Asset for a set of the practices that we find in most Self Assessment frameworks. We will explore the practice of 'Inclusion' in more detail to explain the structure of all of the Knowledge Assets that we use.

If you want to understand more about some of the sections, you will find more detail in the page 'Background to Knowledge Assets '.

The Knowledge Asset is designed to contain a hierachy or knowledge. You begin with the highest level of knowledge and work your way down to levels of more detail. 

Our vision for the practice

So for the practice of 'Inclusion', we start with our vision for the practice. You can also think of this as our definition of Level 5 for the practice. 

Everyone together addresses HIV and other issues that face the community.

Everyone has something to offer.
Everyone can participate equally.
Everyone cares equally for all members of the community.

Inclusion starts with self-acceptance.
Each of us has a responsibility to feel included.

Many of us are infected.
All of us are affected.
All of us have something to contribute.

When we include, we appreciate our own strengths and those of others and we stimulate action. When we are included, we feel appreciated and we act.

Common principles for action

The common principles for action are the lessons that we have drawn from all of the experiences that we have collected that relate to this practice. Because they are principles for action, they take the form of an 'if' statement. So IF we do this, then THAT will happen. So for the practice of inclusion we have collected together 6 common principles from all of our experiences. 

  • If we appreciate and accept ourselves for who we are then others can accept and appreciate us also, and we accept and appreciate others
  • Once we appreciate ourselves and each believe in our own strengths then we start taking action
  • If we make one simple act of acceptance then we can inspire others to take their own actions
  • If we make it clear that we will include, and care about, those who are infected then more people will volunteer to know their status
  • If we in the community understand what we can do to help PLHIV then we are eager to get involved.
  • If we include people who may feel excluded then they themselves become agents of change. And, when people who feel excluded act as agents of change they feel included.

Summary of experiences

Each of the principles is based on a set of experiences. So for example, if we take the principle: 

 If we make one simple act of acceptance, then we can inspire others to take their own actions

then we find that the common principle for action is based on the following 6 stories. We then give a summary paragraph for each story.

Lakshmamma was overjoyed to be invited to a cradle ceremony at a neighbours house.
Divya Sarma

The world is not only me. A woman divorces her husband and the daughter experiences discrimination when she learns she is HIV positive. But after learning about the work of the Red Cross volunteers she spoke up and joined the volunteers and she is now healthier and reunited with her husband.
Kith Marady

Bringing a young man back to his home inspires others to show acceptance.
Divya Sarma

Inclusion: montrons l'exemple! Nous refusons de nous assoir à la haute table, et nous mélangeons aux personnes qui nous accueillent.
Jean Louis Lamboray

Songs are powerful tools to inspire change in people.
Bheri M R

The sharing of a personal story inspired change in the son, who is now very supportive to his mother.
Murari Rao

You will notice that each summary paragraph is followed by the name of the owner of the story. In the Ning site, the name is a hyperlink that takes you to the owner's page and allows you to contact them for further details.

And finally, each summary story has a link to the full story that is contained on the blog on the site. Here you will not only find the story, but the comments and questions and discussion that the blog has produced. Sometimes there will also be a link to a video of the author telling the story.

The value of Knowledge Assets

We hope that there is a practical value to knowledge assets. If your community faces the challenge of inclusion, then the knowledge asset on the practice of inclusion is a resource to explore the things that you might do to improve your situation. It is designed to help you to explore lots of possibilities quickly. You can go through the list of principles for action and decide that you are interested in one or two. You can then explore a particular principle by looking through the summary of the experiences and once again you may choose to explore one experience in more detail by going to the full blog. And if you want further advice you can contact the individual that posted the blog.

Our dream is that the Knowledge Asset has a wider significance. In a sense, it can come to represent the wisdom of a global community on a topic such as 'inclusion'. And that wisdom is based on the experiences of individuals around the world that have decided to learn from their experiences and to share what they have learned with the global community. The Knowledge Asset can become our repository of wisdom based on Local Responses around the world.

We would be very pleased if you were to add your experiences and what you learned from your experience to the Knowledge Asset.