The Merging of Knowledge is a technique to help people facing extreme poverty and social exclusion dialogue and exchange ideas with policy makers, business leaders, social workers, and teachers. The goal of this strategy is to overcome differences in speaking and thinking, life experience, and perspectives, and to allow for constructive exchanges. By creating an environment of respect and patience founded on the understanding that inclusive processes lead to change, Merging of Knowledge is able to bridge gaps between different walks of life. To learn more about how to create the conditions for necessary for this approach, read ATD Fourth World’s Guidelines for Merging of Knowledge.
Merging Knowledge is in use in many countries around the world, supporting work in health, social work, education, the humanities and social sciences, and much more.