K* (KStar): an inter-denominationalview of Networking the Networks2nd Canadian KMb ForumMississauga, ON June 2013by Dr. Al...
2alex@bielak.ca Canadian KMb Forum – 04-06-13the K* Conference brought together keyexperts from across the world, and from...
3alex@bielak.ca Canadian KMb Forum – 04-06-13
alex@bielak.ca 4The K* (KStar) initiative• “K* is the collective termfor the set of functions andprocesses at the variousi...
Let me get this out of the way• This is not just an theoretical exercise• The Concepts and Framework are alreadybeing used...
NOT FOR CITATION: Fig 1: The K* spectrum. There is a spectrum of knowledge sharing activities, which are all systemicallyr...
Mapping functionsalex@bielak.ca 7Canadian KMb Forum – 04-06-13
Mapping functionsalex@bielak.ca 8Canadian KMb Forum – 04-06-13
IS THERE A NEED FORINCREASED CONNECTIVITY?alex.bielak@ec.gc.ca Canadian KMb Forum – 04-06-13 9FOR A NETWORK OFNETWORKS?FOR...
Is there a need?• A key recommendation from KstarSurely we• don’t want duplication, Balkanization?• do want to learn from ...
OrganizationsK* COPS Canada• KMb Institute• Research Impact• KTECop ON• KTECop• Govt. ON K*PractitionersNetwork• CSWA• Cdn...
alex@bielak.ca CIS-SPI 14/11/2012 Brussels 12we have the Toolswww.inweh.unu.edu/River/KnowledgeManagement/Kstar2012GreenPa...
alex@bielak.ca 13And understand the obstacles(Structural, Individual, Organizational, Systemic)www.inweh.unu.edu/River/Kno...
So what is preventing us?1. LIFE We are busy2. WORK We are all invested in our own thing We/others don’t see a need or ...
alex.bielak@ec.gc.ca Canadian KMb Forum – 04-06-13 15Q#1. WHERE DO WE FIT AND WHY/HOW DO WE INTERLINK?
Thankyou/MerciQuestions?alex@bielak.ca16
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2013 Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum
Alex Bielak
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Chair of the Kstar Initiative convened by UNU-INWEH

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K* (KStar): an inter-denominational view of Networking the Networks

  1. 1. K* (KStar): an inter-denominationalview of Networking the Networks2nd Canadian KMb ForumMississauga, ON June 2013by Dr. Alex T. BielakKnowledge BrokerChair of the Kstar Initiative convened by UNU-INWEH
  2. 2. 2alex@bielak.ca Canadian KMb Forum – 04-06-13the K* Conference brought together keyexperts from across the world, and fromdifferent sectors for the first time
  3. 3. 3alex@bielak.ca Canadian KMb Forum – 04-06-13
  4. 4. alex@bielak.ca 4The K* (KStar) initiative• “K* is the collective termfor the set of functions andprocesses at the variousinterfaces betweenknowledge, practice andpolicy.”• “K* improves the ways inwhich knowledge is sharedand applied: improvingprocesses already in placeto bring about moreeffective and sustainablechange.”Shaxson, Louise with Alex T. Bielak, et al. 2012. Expanding our understandingof K* (KT, KE, KTT, KMb, KB, KM, etc.) A concept paper emerging from the K*conference held in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, April 2012. UNU-INWEH,Hamilton, ON. 30pp + appendiceswww.tinyurl.com/kstarconference
  5. 5. Let me get this out of the way• This is not just an theoretical exercise• The Concepts and Framework are alreadybeing used by/informing the work of:– Third Sector Research Centre, CanChild Centrefor Childhood Disability Research, NaturalEngland, UNCCD, NRCan, World Bank,Watermobile, South African DevelopmentCommunity, Govt. of Ontario Cabinet Office,EuropeAid, UN International Strategy forDisaster Reduction, ODI, UNU-INWEH andothers…alex@bielak.ca Canadian KMb Forum – 04-06-13 5
  6. 6. NOT FOR CITATION: Fig 1: The K* spectrum. There is a spectrum of knowledge sharing activities, which are all systemicallyrelated to each other. (Adapted from Shaxson and Bielak et al, 2012.) (Figure is from a multi-author paper currently with the Editor in Chief of Science:Shaxson, L.; Bielak, A. T.; and Yip, Z.K.: et al. “From science communication to knowledge mobilization and innovation brokering: the K* (Kstar) spectrum”)KMb
  7. 7. Mapping functionsalex@bielak.ca 7Canadian KMb Forum – 04-06-13
  8. 8. Mapping functionsalex@bielak.ca 8Canadian KMb Forum – 04-06-13
  9. 9. IS THERE A NEED FORINCREASED CONNECTIVITY?alex.bielak@ec.gc.ca Canadian KMb Forum – 04-06-13 9FOR A NETWORK OFNETWORKS?FOR A METASITE?
  10. 10. Is there a need?• A key recommendation from KstarSurely we• don’t want duplication, Balkanization?• do want to learn from the successes, bestpractices and failures of others?• do want to help make a comprehensivecase for K* (whatever we call our bit of it)alex.bielak@ec.gc.ca Canadian KMb Forum – 04-06-13 10
  11. 11. OrganizationsK* COPS Canada• KMb Institute• Research Impact• KTECop ON• KTECop• Govt. ON K*PractitionersNetwork• CSWA• Cdn ResearchDate CentreNetwork• EENet• …alex.bielak@ec.gc.ca Canadian KMb Forum – 04-06-13 11INTERNATIONAL(MIX)• KTExchange• Bonn Science Shop• PCST• GlobalImplementationConference• KBForum• KM4Dev• KStar Conference• CIPPEC• GDNet• INASP• KTAfrica• …USE K* IN PRACTICE• York University KMb Unit• CWN• NeuroDevnet• Neurotrauma KMbNetwork• Spinal Cord Injury KMbNetwork• Federal Depts and CoP• OMAFRA-UofG KTTPartnership• KNAER• WSPS• …
  12. 12. alex@bielak.ca CIS-SPI 14/11/2012 Brussels 12we have the Toolswww.inweh.unu.edu/River/KnowledgeManagement/Kstar2012GreenPaper.htm
  13. 13. alex@bielak.ca 13And understand the obstacles(Structural, Individual, Organizational, Systemic)www.inweh.unu.edu/River/KnowledgeManagement/Kstar2012GreenPaper.htmCanadian KMb Forum – 04-06-13Ultimately we are living proof that we are getting past many such barriers:Should we now look at barriers to greater connectivity/learning?
  14. 14. So what is preventing us?1. LIFE We are busy2. WORK We are all invested in our own thing We/others don’t see a need or potential benefits We do see a need but there are barriers People change jobs, retire3. HUMAN NATURE We lose interest/focus We are lazy, protectionist, hostilealex@bielak.ca 14Canadian KMb Forum – 04-06-13
  15. 15. alex.bielak@ec.gc.ca Canadian KMb Forum – 04-06-13 15Q#1. WHERE DO WE FIT AND WHY/HOW DO WE INTERLINK?
  16. 16. Thankyou/MerciQuestions?alex@bielak.ca16

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