Knowledge Democracy

Knowledge Democracy is a web-based forum for scholars, practitioners and engaged citizens committed to honoring the knowledges of ordinary and marginalized people and the multiple forms in which knowledge is created and shared. We also are committed to working for epistemic justice by exposing knowledge monopolies and nurturing respect for epistemological diversity, in particular as this work involves action research, participatory action research, and participatory research in general.

“Knowledge democracy refers to an interrelationship of phenomena. First, it acknowledges the importance of the existence of multiple epistemologies or ways of knowing such as organic, spiritual and land-based systems, frameworks arising from our social movements, and the knowledge of the marginalized or excluded everywhere, or what is sometimes referred to as subaltern knowledge. Secondly it affirms that knowledge is both created and represented in multiple forms including text, image, numbers, story, music, drama, poetry, ceremony, meditation and more. Third, and fundamental to our thinking about knowledge democracy is understanding that knowledge is a powerful tool for taking action to deepen democracy and to struggle for a fairer and healthier world. Knowledge democracy is about intentionally linking values of democracy and action to the process of using knowledge.”

(Budd Hall & Rajesh Tandon, retrieved Aug. 8, 2016, from*

*Many of the pages on this site include references, such and Hall and Tandon above.We have included a page of references under the Resources tab shown above