Purpose – This article aims to focus on a perspective on knowledge that carries with it a most urgentchallenge for educational actors to engage in personal knowledge processes wherever they take place.
Design/methodology/approach – The purpose is met through the use of philosophical argumentationand theoretical ideas developed for understanding knowledge creation. Central concepts are Ba and‘‘knowledge activists’’, but also personal insights in relation to technical knowledge.
Findings – The author argues that educational actors who do not want to be marginalised must stepforward as knowledge activists, gaining access to and influencing all sorts of interpretative places (Bas),whether they are physical, virtual or mental, where information is interpreted to become knowledge.
Practical implications – Educational actors who want to continue playing an important societal rolehad better leave behind the idea of knowledge as something to be handled mainly in physical places.Instead they have to search for a position in the world of virtual spaces that is forming today.
Social implications – With the introduction of the internet and the emergence of a ‘‘cloud’’, civil societyis in desperate need of educational actors who can interlink the disparate Bas now forming, thusgenerating common ideas that can keep us together as a society and defend basic democratic ideals.
Originality/value – Through the use of a few well-established theoretical concepts the article showsthat there is a desperate need for rethinking education from being something limited in time and place tosomething that is ever present in knowledge processes of all kinds.
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2011. Vol. 19, no 2, 134-139 p.