another funny thing happened on the way to the Forum

By David Phipps (RIR-York)funny-thing-happened-on-way-to-forum

On June 3, 2013 I posted a “A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum” in honour of the farcical play (and movie by that same title) and Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum 2013 (#CKF13) in marvelous Mississauga. That meeting marked the first time all 10 ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche (RIR) universities got together.

We got together again in October and again in April to finalize our Strategic Plan. Our meeting on June 8 in sassy Saskatoon in advance of #CKF14 marks the third meeting in 9 months and is the culmination of much planning.

  • Finalize Strategic Plan
  • Review Operational Plan draft
  • Operationalize the finalized communications plan
  • Start talking about the Evaluation Plan

Lots of planning. Lots of activity. Lots of mobilizing going on!

This year has seen a wonderful new energy from all RIR universities. Whether contributing to blogs, supporting events, drafting and supporting plans all RIR universities have stepped into active roles. And it is GREAT.

We’ve seen some old friends leave (miss you Steve Dooley) and some step away to start a family (miss you Shawna) and some new friends join us (Tara Tedesco, Arthur Fallick, James Popham, Aubert Landry – welcome all).

We are all looking forward to (re)connecting on Saturday for dinner. The energy will build Sunday during our RIR meeting and we will all peak on Monday and Tuesday for #CKF14. To see why we’re all excited to attend check out the amazing KMb talent on the program.


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

David Phipps, RIR-York

RIR logos grouped

Ten universities. Sixteen people (brokers and directors). ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche (RIR) held its annual meeting one day before the Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum. We started out with an overview of knowledge mobilization by Peter Levesque (@PeterLevesque) from Knowledge Mobilization Works (@KMbW_Updates) and the Institute for Knowledge Mobilization. Shawna Reibling (@mobilizeshawna) from Wilfrid Laurier University (RIR-WLU) spoke about knowledge mobilization practice at universities and in communities across Canada drawing connections between community engaged scholarship, engaged scholarship, community based research and knowledge mobilization all of which are practiced by the RIR partners. I then spoke about networks and Communities of Practice (CoP) and how the CoP model can help inform the how RIR members can create and derive value from the network.

We found out that when he was a boy Brent Sternig (RIR-UVic) wanted to be a patent agent, Steve (RIR-Kwantlen) wanted to be a basketball player, Melanie (RIR-UVic) wanted to be a clown and Krista (RIR-York) wanted to be a tea pot.

Moving on….

We used a dotmocracy process to identify priorities for the network over the next year. These included: internal communications and information sharing including capacity building; external communications including branding and social media; evaluation and metrics. Directors and Brokers identified the working groups they wished to support. Next step is to develop work plans to move these priorities forward.

We then ended with a presentation by Peter Lemish, U. Southern Illinois and the Mid-Western Knowledge Mobilization Network. Together we explored how two knowledge mobilization networks might be able to connect and create spaces for mutual learning.

Going round the room to collect personal reflections on the day there was a lot of “a-ha” and “so that’s what we could be” and one knowledge brokers said she had a renewed passion for her job.

Nice. Very nice.

Pizza and wine and a movie and we knew that not only something funny (tea pot) but something wonderful happened on the way to the Forum.

Funny thing happened on way to Forum