EXPORT OF KNOWLEDGE: BLESSING OR CURSE?

Awang Maharijaya[1]


[1] Plant Research International. Wageningen University and Research.  Droevendaalsesteeg 1 6708PB, Wageningen. The Netherland. Email: awang.maharijaya@wur.nl

 

Today, we should start to realize that a lot of challenges had become global problems.  Steady food supply, environmental damage, global warming, energy, health, economic crisis and poverty are only a few of examples. Since these become global problems, these are needed to be solved globally using trandisciplinary-approach, cooperation and collaboration.

 

In nature, to solve problem we need to develop knowledge and technology. Strong collaboration will lead to an effective and efficient way in conducting them.  It is useless to conduct it with too many overlap. Export of knowledge is a key role to make this goal success.  Experts in difference parts of the world develop a lot of knowledge that look like a valuable mosaics which are spread in a lot of places. Export of knowledge can fast harmonist these mosaics to form a new technology which can be used as a powerful tools to solve global problems or even specialized problems.

 

Export knowledge provides us high opportunity to share ideas, opinions, and information.  It is very valuable thing. We give knowledge but we receive also. It makes the world more friendly and peace. This proves that in nature, knowledge has no frontiers. Diffusion of knowledge creates opportunities for development. Development of developing countries, historically, can not be separated from international collaboration and export of knowledge it self. 

 

Sometimes, export of knowledge can raise new problems if it is not well handled.  Every society possesses a potential indigenous knowledge that can solve their local problems more effectively.  Knowledge and technology from one place can’t fit one hundred percents to new place.  It can damage or make heavy loss if it is forced to be applied. This phenomenon is considered as a curse coming from export of knowledge.  To avoid this, we must always keep in our mind that to adapt is difference with to adopt.  We should adapt knowledge or technology and not only to adopt it.  For example, developed country approach cannot be entirely applied to the developing country situation.

 

Another issue that occur during transfer of knowledge is intellectual property right. On the other hand, knowledge is common good.  Too much self-belonging is not good for knowledge itself (more it was shared more it will be developed). The issue of knowledge commoditization should be examined seriously. It will be necessary to find a balance between protecting intellectual property right and encouraging transfer of knowledge.

 

World can be saved, people can be protected from suffer if we work together hand in hand in a good way in healthy competition.  World power can be analogized as the Liebig’s law of the minimum which is determined by the weakest chain.  Regards to all the consequences export knowledge is a blessing.

 

One Response

  1. Understandable that the Export of knowledge is an essential factor in the development of science (I don’t mention it as a bless or a curse), especially for developing countries. But what about your Liebig’s law analogue, sir? that the power of the world determined by the most vulnerable chain? we have wasted a lot of intellectual property and rights. How about a term, ‘we have not absorbed even a single knowledge’ and we are still the weakest one?
    since the way to protect our intellectual property rights is the knowledge itself.

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