The importance of tacit knowledge

This talk by Richard Brock given at TEDx Cambridge University explores the importance of tacit knowledge in education. Richard is currently in the third year of his PhD at the University of Cambridge and states,

“All good teaching must start with some sort of common assumption between the teacher and the student. These assumptions can then provide the basis upon which knowledge can be exchanged later. How do we know which of these assumptions are the right ones, however?”

Adrian and Christine are often seen discussing concepts of intuition, innovation and research and how they are at times inextricable linked and at other times seem at war with each other. The contextual nature of innovation results in a distinct delineation between knowledge which can be represented formally and knowledge that is tacit. Michael Polanyi posits that we know more than we can ever express. He suggests that this predisposes some individuals to exhibit innovative behaviours, trusting their intuition, and shaping the culture of the organisation around them. The inverse is also true.

So how does this tacit knowledge shape an individual’s belief system? Can organisations understand the key elements and necessary conditions for harnessing collective belief systems to create a culture of innovation? What do we even mean by innovation?

These are the questions and relationships that Adrian is exploring as part of his PhD.