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The Ecology of Innovation: Part 2 – Language

Although Innovation is about producing value through doing something new or different than before, the concept is far from simple when applied in practice by individuals and institutions. This second in a series of articles on innovation ecology looks at the way we speak of innovation and how what we talk about new ideas and […]

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Is Knowledge Translation In Health Too Important to Leave to Health Professionals?

Knowledge translation — and its affiliated terms knowledge exchange, knowledge integration and knowledge mobilization — was coined to describe a process of taking what is known into what is done in health across the spectrum of science, practice, policy and  the public’s health. As health issues become more complex due to the intertwining of demographics, […]

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Too Much Social Media, Not Enough Social Message

Social media is any networked information technology, tool or platform that derives its content and principal value from user engagement and permits those users to interact with that content. But last time I checked (in), the content stream being produced through my media stream was becoming a lot less social (Web 2.0) and more of […]

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Knowledge Translation Lip (Sync) Service

For many, but certainly not all, of the studies we do in public and population health, the audience for this is almost the same. Not all studies or research projects will yield the kind of data that are video-worthy or inspire photosharing, but some are. And if we want the public engaged in science, if we want to reach practitioners and inspire policy makers and researchers alike to pay attention to the evidence being generated, this video might offer some suggestions for a way forward.

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Creating Campires For Innovation and Knowledge Translation

Metaphors and analogies are commonly used in systems thinking and complexity science to illustrate concepts that are, on their own, relatively complex and awkward to describe literally. A campfire provides both a metaphor for bringing people together, but also a literal tool that could be used more effectively in work with groups struggling to innovate, collaborate and contemplate together. From a design perspective, campfires and the social system that they create around them provide an opportunity to enhance intimacy quickly, allowing for the potential to explore issues in ways that are more difficult to do in other settings.

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What If Research Was Like the Restaurant Industry?

Take a moment and envision what research could look like if we handcrafted it to meet the needs of our audience, still taking the time to create art like great chefs, warm our day like a host, and treat us like royalty like a great server. What might that look like and why should we not take some queues from the diners we visit and the restaurants we visit as models for a tasty future for knowledge generation and translation.

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Art / Design / Science / Literacy

Literacy has many forms and art is one of the ways in which these forms come together and present some of the best opportunities for engaging diversity in complex social systems.

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The Social Distance of Email and ICT

I’ve been reminded a lot over the past few days about the limits to email’s power and the social distance created by electronic tools. Email, even for the most careful writer, is fraught with difficulties in communicating issues of a sensitive manner or being emotive. Outside of the most simplest forms of expression, like rage […]

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Social Media, Control and Engagement

Social media is hot, but its application by many public figures and agencies is less on the social part — the part with trust, relationships, and dialogue — and more on the media part.

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Selling The Value of Research

Communicating about research used to be something left to journalists, but not anymore. The need for the scientist to start communicating their research with the outside world is here and CIHR and other organizations are leading the charge to motivate scientists to be better at sharing what they do and what they find with the public.

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