About Us

Welcome to Knowledge Without Borders™ — it’s all about the story.

After many years in education – from planning programs to writing evaluations on local, national and international issues – I realized that all too often an academic approach reaches only the most narrow of audiences. We need to understand complex ideas, but the gateway to understanding often comes through stories that allow us to empathize and connect with the people and situations we purport to study. Narrative becomes a powerful catalyst for new ideas, insights, and inspirations.

Research questions become opportunities to tell new stories, transcending the borders we often erect around our “specialties” or academic disciplines. And what we learn from these stories fuels our imagination and inquisitiveness, and accelerates our creative confidence to combine old ideas in new ways. We experience that “ah ha” moment and find an intersection between “self-consistent but habitually incompatible frames of reference.” These new combinations spark original knowledge that transcends traditional disciplines — Knowledge Without Borders™.

The thought-provoking stories and cross-border reflections presented on the Knowledge Without Borders™ website are the product of constantly recombining ideas that move us from the confines of conformity to exciting new frontiers of what is possible.



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Knowledge Without Borders

Since 2007, we have explored ideas and actions of people and organizations, making new connections to leverage resources, to develop new systems and to find innovative solutions. Originally created to explore globalization and workforce needs, Knowledge Without Borders™ is continually evolving…

Karen Collias

*My name is Karen Collias and I founded Knowledge Without Borders™  to infuse creativity and innovation into the most salient educational issues affecting contemporary society. I attribute my enthusiasm to cross the borders of traditional knowledge domains to the multi-disciplinary nature of my education and professional experience. The first in my family to go to college, I have a Ph.D. from Columbia University in political science with a specialization in comparative educational systems. My professional experience includes teaching at Princeton University, serving as deputy director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Science Education Center, policy analyst at the U.S. Department of State, and an editor at USA TODAY. Current research interests are first generation college students and innovations in STEM education.