Kstar: Views, hopes, fears, and next steps

So the Kstar conference 2012 comes to an end?…. Or is it just the beginning?! What stood out for you? Where should we be going next? Over the past three days we’ve gathered your views and insight, which are all brought together in this collection of videos:

Academics need to find their place in the new ‘open knowledge society’

In this video Peter Moll (International Analyst and Consultant) talks about the emergence of the ‘open knowledge society’ and what this means for academic researchers. Moll believes that academics have to move away from holding the view that their knowledge is superior to other forms. He says that linear views of knowledge that tend to dominate within the academic community need to be replaced by a more dynamic understandings of how knowledge operate in the open knowledge society.

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Kstar with civil society: brokering relationships instead of knowledge?

As key actors intersecting the knowledge-policy interface, knowledge intermediaries working with civil society and community organisations have a key facilitating role to play in policy and decision making processes. Drawing on personal insights from working within civil society and community organisations, this panel session saw David Phipps, Leandro Echt and Glowen Kyei-Mensah share key lessons for improving the impact civil society and community organisations within the knowledge-policy process.

Kstar with civil society

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Managing data in a world drowning in knowledge

With the internet-fuelled explosion of accessible knowledge, managing and storing it systematically has never been more important. On the second day of the K* Conference 2012, a panel of experts explore cutting-edge solutions to data and knowledge management.

Kstar 2012 and data management

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Jacquie Brown: Learning the lessons of Kstar

Discussions at the Kstar conference 2012 have repeated time and time again that we need to stop reinventing wheels and focus on sharing and learning from our individual experience. In this interview, Jacquie Brown discusses how she will apply the lesson learning from Kstar 2012 to her own work in implementing science at the National Implementation Research Network. As Jacquie outlines, Kstar 2012 offered a wonderful opportunity to be exposed to knowledge practitioners from all over the world and from many different sectors, and whilst we may share commonalities, meaningful consideration of context is key to effective knowledge mobilisation.

K* (and * stands for what exactly?)

Enrique Mendizabal on his ‘On Think Thanks’ blog today provided some interesting thoughts on the K* concept. It would be interesting to see whether participants at the conference (still going on in Canada) have any thoughts on his reflections.

K* and ethics in the private sector

By Robyn Read, Alecia Boddie, and Zuzanna Chociej

K* Conference 2012 brought us together yesterday morning to talk about K*’s relation to the private sector.  One issue that rose to the surface was the ethics of K*. Specifically,  the question that arises concerns the interests that are being served by policy decisions.

The traditional industrial model is founded on information ownership and control. Within this model, in order to protect their ideas from competitors, private sector businesses primarily conducted in-house research.  However, in our new knowledge economy – when it is nearly impossible to control the flow of information – these businesses are now recognizing that they do not have the capacity to effectively steward information.  More specifically, in addition to utilizing crowd sourcing, they are relying on open source software, open data, and open innovation initiatives. Read more of this post

K* and the private sector

In this short video, Jason Blackstock (Oxford University) provides an overview of today’s ‘K* with the private sector’ panel session.

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Why Kstar is important for the United Nations University

Reflecting on discussions at the Kstar conference 2012, Prof. Jakob Ryhner – from the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security – outlines why Kstar is important for his work at the United Nations University.

From ideas to action: practical guidance for a Kstar practitioner from Laurens Klerkx

At the K* Conference 2012, a panel of knowledge practitioners shared their experience and personal insights in being at the sharp end of policy delivery.  In this interview, Laurens Klerkx – Professor of Communication and Innovation Studies from Wageningen University – reflects on his own research and offers some practical guidance in improving the impact and influence of Kstar activities.