The Wisdom Hierarchy

WISDOM (know worth)

The ability to see the consequences of our actions by evaluating information, knowledge and understanding

UNDERSTANDING (know why)

Explains “why?”

KNOWLEDGE (know how)

Instructs “how to?”

INFORMATION (know of)

Processed data, describes “who?” “what?” “when?” “where?” “how many”

DATA (know what, where, when)

Symbols that represent, characteristics of objects or events (individual facts)

 

See Ben Rockwood’s excellent summary of Russell L. Ackoff’s Wisdom Hierarchy  here: http://cuddletech.com/?p=520