Where do knowledge brokers come from?

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Presentation by Dr. Bronwynne Wilton & Dr. Anne Bergen, University of Guelph, at 2014 Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum, June 9 & 10, 2014, Saskatoon, SK

Where do knowledge brokers come from?

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Where do knowledge brokers come from?

  1. 1. Where do knowledge brokers come from? DR. BRONWYNNE WILTON AND DR. ANNE BERGEN KNOWLEDGE MOBILIZATION FORUM JUNE 9-10, 2014
  2. 2. Getting started  What kind of person would be LEAST suited to be a knowledge broker?  What skills would this person be missing?  How would they practice knowledge brokering? 2
  3. 3. Who are knowledge brokers? 3 Intermediaries Individuals & Organizations
  4. 4. Who are knowledge brokers? 4 Boundary workers Part of multiple worlds
  5. 5. Who are knowledge brokers? 5 Bridge scientists
  6. 6. Who are knowledge brokers? 6 (Policy) advisors & consultants
  7. 7. Who are knowledge brokers? 7 Dogma breakers? Transactional vs. transformational work.
  8. 8. Where do we come from? 8 Education Training Career history
  9. 9. Sharing Experiences - Questions for Discussion 9 1)What is your disciplinary background? 2)How did you get into KMb? 3)What element of your training helps you the most in your work (e.g., skills)
  10. 10. Some Challenges 10 • Short-term contracts • Lack of job mobility (within institution) • Isolation - lack of colleagues (within institution) • Unclear roles • Unclear key competencies • Hard to define success See Lightowler & Knight, 2013
  11. 11. Sharing Experiences - Question for Discussion 11 What is your biggest challenge on a day- to-day basis?
  12. 12. Some Key Competencies 12 • Facilitating, convening, and hosting • Planning and scoping • Synthesizing, curating, and summarizing + Curiosity!!
  13. 13. Sharing Ideas- Question for Discussion 13 What skills would you like to build for your own KMb practice? What would you include in a KMb (graduate) training program?

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