Mobilizing Evidence for Human Rights and the Social Development Goals

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Call for Content #CKF18

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We are inviting practitioners, researchers, academics, activists, social innovators, research funders, science educators and communicators, citizen scientists, policy-makers, non-governmental organizations, artists, interested community groups, and citizens to share their views and experience on innovative activities in knowledge mobilization.

The theme for 2018 is: Mobilizing Evidence for Human Rights and the Social Development Goals

Knowledge Mobilization is often described as making the best of what we know, whether from research, assessed practice, or traditional knowledge, ready for others to use so that new value can be created.

The framework created by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Social Development Goals, and other social justice declarations are a deeply useful structure to help move knowledge into action.Image of UN Social Development Goals

The theme for 2018 focuses us on how to be better together.  We invite participation that will push thinking and engagement of the knowledge mobilization community further. You can present and connect with any other subject matter areas covered by the discussion on human rights and social development goals.  We encourage you to share how your work, for example, in healthcare links to sustainable communities, or economic growth links to clean water, helps end poverty, creates equality etc.

Let us share the best of what we practice to improve our collective well-being.

The Forum will be hosted at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

We are driven by an objective of allowing you to design your own conference experience that reflects your interests, experience, priorities and learning styles.  Drawing on the assets of the Province of Manitoba’s Capital – Winnipeg, leaders in knowledge mobilization from all across Canada and beyond, it is our hope you will come away from CKF18 enriched, energized and engaged in this field like never before.

Our objectives are:

  • Build on the past successes of CKF to make this a preeminent event to learn about and engage in knowledge mobilization in Canada
  • Build capacity for knowledge mobilization in furthering human rights and the social development goals
  • Learn about work in other sectors to enable partnerships and collaboration
  • Engage with leaders to influence future directions
  • Meet the next generation of leaders and create opportunities to mentor and coach
  • Access the latest tools, techniques, and opportunities.

The 2018 Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum is seeking contributions for content, which addresses the overall theme of Mobilizing Evidence for Human Rights and the Social Development Goals, and links to the subthemes of:

Subtheme 1: Structures – What (for example operating structures supporting partnerships, agreements, management systems, office layouts enhancing collaboration )

Subtheme 2: Processes – How (for example tool boxes, networks, communities of practice, training)

Subtheme 3: Technology – Technology and Tools (for example social media, apps, software, knowledge boards, database mining, CRM programs)

We are continuing to use the “The Knowmo Scale”.  Here, we’re seeking presenters to consider their audience.  Consider this our own unique variation of the Scoville Unit scale.

Is your presentation focused on skill development?  If so, you would check off Knowmo 1.

Will you present on where we are in terms of KMb?  If so, you would check off Knowmo 2.

Does your presentation focus on innovation in/for KMb?  If so, please check off Knowmo 3.

We are open to a broad range of inputs, where you can consider how you would like to share your knowledge and experience, how you would like to involve the participants. We encourage creative formats – from classic, research presentations to workshops or performances, where art and science may be combined, and participants are included.

1) Ultrashort Connectors of 5 minutes each.

A 5-minute invitation presentation to showcase different ideas, innovations, or theories that are being undertaken by those working in the knowledge mobilization. This knowledge sharing activity will challenge presenters to clearly and succinctly explain their “exposè” in just five minutes and open the floor for new partnerships and co-operation. Individual presentations will be strictly limited to 5 minutes with a total of 45 minutes allocated for each Connector session.

2) Poster Presentations

Recommended max poster size is 36”/92cm high by 60”/152 cm wide. The posters will be juried by an expert panel of knowledge mobilization practitioners. Posters will be profiled at a specific event and you will have two minutes to share ‘what you need to know’ about your poster with all participants.

3) Professional Development Workshops of 45 minutes each

Workshops are an opportunity to share methods and tools used in the practice of knowledge mobilization professionals in an interactive and engaging format. The aim is to help participants to improve their skills and understanding of KMb and to become better mobilizers.

Alternatively, people are welcome to submit presentations which are less interactive and more informative. For both, participants are welcome to consider non-traditional approaches for this exchange process: Fireside Chat; Debate; Panel Presentations or others. (12 Workshops)

4) Open Space – Approx. 45-60 minutes

Open Space is the only process that focuses on expanding time and space for the force of self-organization to do its thing. Although one can’t predict specific outcomes, it’s always highly productive for whatever issue people want to attend to. Some of the inspiring side effects that are regularly noted are laughter, hard work which feels like play, surprising results, and fascinating new questions.

— Michael M Pannwitz, Open Space practitioner

Participants are encouraged to take a leadership role in promoting and facilitating open space mini-conferences within the more structured program.  In order to create appropriate spaces, we ask participants to indicate their intention and potential topic areas for discussion.

5) Deep Dive Skills Workshops – 3 hours with a 15-minute break at mid-point

Building on the success of the Social Media Skills Workshop at the 2017 Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum, Sunday, June 10, 2018, will be dedicated to a day of Deep Dive Skills Workshop. These half-day workshops with happen in three parallel streams. Participants will learn practical skills in areas such as social media, policy making, training, organizing, administration, etc.  Proposals are requested from leading experts in knowledge mobilization who are dedicated to improving the practice and building the next generation of leaders. (6 Workshops)

6) Arts-based Formats – Arts-based sessions and other creative interactive formats, like living labs, design games etc.can be held throughout the Forum, including film, poetry, artwork, photo-voice, video and other expressive forms. A submission to facilitate any creative format must include a summary describing the problem or issue addressed, its significance and the technical requirements.


All contributions will be reviewed by an independent selection committee and judged for quality of content, the opportunity to advance our understanding of knowledge mobilization, and relevance to the theme of the 2018 Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum.

The deadline for contribution is March 30, 2018. 

Please fill the Call for Content Form and send to

Note: Selected content must be presented by a registered participant at 2018 Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum in Winnipeg, Manitoba on June 10-12, 2018.

Further details will be posted on the Institute for Knowledge Mobilization’s website

About the Forum

The Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum was created in 2012 as a professional development forum for practitioners and professionals working in knowledge mobilization across fields and sectors.

It has become recognized as a premier learning and networking event in Canada – friendly, open, limited in size, and creative.  Events have been held in Ottawa (2012), Mississauga (2013), Saskatoon (2014), and Montréal (2015), Toronto (2016), Gatineau (2017) and is scheduled for June 10-12, 2018 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.