K*: knowledge management and mobilisation

April 2012

There are a great many terms used to depict knowledge sharing activities.  Terms such as knowledge brokering, knowledge translating, knowledge exchange, and knowledge mobilization are all used extensively, but the different terminology has hidden the fact that the actual functions they describe are all systemically related to each other. 

In April 2012, a conference hosted by the United Nations University – Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) in Hamilton, Canada, brought together people from different geographies and different sectors who represented these different functions.  The aim of the  conference was to discuss their similarities and differences in the context of improving knowledge use in policy, industry and practice.  K* (KStar) has been coined as the overarching concept, and as a useful shorthand.

Following the conference, Louise Shaxson collaborated with other involved organisations and researchers to produce the K* concept note and work continues on using the K* framework.


Expanding our understanding of K*: concept paper and case studies

Research reports and studies | October 2012 | Louise Shaxson et al
This short paper represents the beginning of a process to elucidate the core principles shared by K* component functions and processes. Furthermore, it suggests an overarching framework for thinking about K*, which will make sharing approaches and lessons learned...

Once a K* practitioner, always a K* practitioner

Comment | 20 April 2012 | Louise Shaxson
'I’m greatly looking forward to the K* conference - any policymaking process means making decisions, and decisions need knowledge. Whether we work with government, as practitioners or in the private sector; we need to be sure that we are correctly interpreting the...
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