Partnering for Knowledge Mobilization (2012)

In this presentation, the head of the Knowledge Mobilization Unit at York University in Toronto, Ontario, outlines an emerging institutional service designed to maximize the social, environmental, and economic impacts of university research.

Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) is a suite of services that supports collaborations between non-commercial research and expertise, and the public, private and non-profit sectors, the author says. It is the university’s contribution to social innovation and allows partners from the public, private and non-profit sectors to leverage investments in university research.

The author sets out the guiding principles of Knowledge Mobilization, including building trust among partners; developing capacity for knowledge; using a mix of methodologies; understanding the political, social and economic context of the partners; and building a culture of KMb for all participants.

The presentation includes a number of real-life examples of how KMb has been used in environmental projects and social enterprises.

The author also describes the revolution in social media and its role in disseminating information, pointing out that if Facebook were a country, it would be the world’s third largest.

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