Thank you to Dr. Peter Pennefather, Academic Director, Laboratory of Collaborative Diagnostics & Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto for the invitation.
Knowledge Mobilization: What in the world are we talking about?
3-5 PM, Nov 18 – Bahen 1230, University of Toronto
Peter Levesque (Knowledge Works), David Phipps (York), Robert Luke (George Brown College)
It is quite popular these days to justify funding of higher education because knowledge is mobile and should flow from academia into broader society and its associated economies. The concept of knowledge mobilization has emerged to capture the work of articulating the knowledge developed within universities, colleges and granting councils with society at large. It is recognized that ideas developed within the context of scholarship and fundamental research need to move into the realm of deploying business plans developed by governmental agencies, NGOs and commercial enterprises. As recent documents from proponents of the innovation agenda (http://www.actiononinnovation.ca/en/index.shtml; http://www.heqco.ca/SiteCollectionDocuments/DifferentiationENG.pdf) suggest however, there is a disturbing acceptance that the ideas at the core of knowledge are immutable. There is a belief that what is missing is a bit of management and specialization. There is a lot of motivational talk about “Owning the Podium” and “Moving to the Head of the Class” globally. Our provincial government is committing to plans to ensure that 70% of Ontarian have some kind of post-secondary specialization so funding may soon flow to act on such initiatives.
What does this mean for the future of inter/trans/collaborative disciplinary scholarship and education? What sort of knowledge media needs to be designed to help people recognize and celebrate the uncertainty and malleability of ideas? How can trans-disciplinary scholars act as intermediaries between those with some knowledge of big ideas and those in search of ideas that can help bridge a gap in their plans? Alternatively how can that interaction help those charged with a responsibility or duty to act validate their plans or recognize possibly disastrous outcomes that have not yet been considered or are being willfully ignored?
The Panel on Knowledge Mobilization bring together three scholars and activists who have been working at the knowledge mobilization front from many years? They will share their insights into what knowledge mobilization means, how it can work successfully, and what new media could do for making ideas in all their glory and uncertainty more accessible.
Peter Levesque was formerly Deputy-Director, Knowledge Products and Mobilization at Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and know runs an independent consulting firm called Knowledge Mobilization Works.
David Phipps has worked for UofT’s technology transfer office and for the CIHR. He has been active in the technology transfer and exchange community for more than a decade. He is now Director of the Office of research Services at York University.
Robert Luke is a graduate of the KMD-CP program and has been active Knowledge Media Design scholar and developer in the area of patient communities and their access to health care information. He is now Assistant Vice Present, Research and Innovation George Brown College. He has been very active and innovative in helping the College sector raise its profile in of basic and applied research and scholarship within the context of Community College and Polytechnic programs.
Video of Session: http://hosting.epresence.tv/KMDI/1/watch/862.aspx