Silent K Objectives
"Knowing-what", "knowing-why" and "knowing-who" are invaluable assets to the modern economy but real value is only achieved when know-how is added. SilentK provides an alternative form of knowledge to the knowledge economy by harnessing the tacit knowledge and experience of retirees.
The Silent K project is collaboration between partners from several European countries and various areas of expertise. It has been funded by the European Union in recognition of the "brain drain" which is occurring as experts in all industries retire along with the "hands on" knowledge they have accumulated over the years.
SilentK captures, collates and uses the tacit knowledge of European retiring and retired generation to support the continued development of the European economy and the continued participation of older persons as active citizens in the workforce. This is realised through their participation in, and the development and promotion of, the "Tacit Knowledge Economy". SilentKnowledge is an online mentoring service connecting members with experts through the sectoral Knowledge Zones across Europe.
This can be achieved through the participation of older people in the development and promotion of, the "Tacit Knowledge Economy".
A documentary about the Silent K project can be found here.
What is tacit knowledge?
Tacit knowledge complements formal knowledge. It allows an individual to take elements of formal knowledge and use that knowledge in a way that is unique for a particular situation. It also allows individuals to go beyond the current limits of formal knowledge. Creativity, intuition and innovation owe much to the ability to tap into the reservoir of tacit knowledge.
The growth of the Internet and particularly internet-based commerce (I-commerce) is leading to the emergence of knowledge markets. The internet has lowered the cost and increasing the accessibility of knowledge throughout the world.
Knowledge I-Commerce is the trading of knowledge in a variety of forms using electronic networks. The use of the Internet creates many opportunities for profiting from investment in knowledge development; both explicit and tacit.
Through the creation of knowledge-intensive services and products, SilentKnowledge recognizes the value and potential of tacit knowledge in I-commerce. www.silentknowledge.eu is an important step in the creation of a tacit knowledge I-commerce arena.
With the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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