The Knowledge Brokers

30 Jun 2016 In: Uncategorized

Knowledge Brokers Game 2The Knowledge Brokers is an innovative game-based workshop for public sector professionals. This workshop was designed and is conducted by a team of experts with extensive experience in applied research, evaluation studies and serious gaming.

Game Rationale: There is a clear gap between producing research studies and using results of those studies for decision-making. This “know-do” gap is common to all policy areas and one of the most difficult gaps to bridge.

Knowledge brokering is a promising practice for tackling the challenge of evidence use. For public professionals it means playing the role of intermediary who steers the flow of knowledge between its producers and users.

Application Goals: The workshop teaches six key knowledge brokering skills:

  1. Identifying knowledge needs of policy actors
  2. Acquiring credible studies
  3. Combining results into policy arguments
  4. Reaching users with appropriate dissemination strategies
  5. Delivering research results at the right moment of decision-making cycle
  6. Managing a unit and its network with limited resources

Participants: The Knowledge Brokers workshop has been designed to be experienced by professionals in groups of 30 or less.

Content: The Knowledge Brokers workshop is based on a specially designed tabletop simulation game. Serious games are effective experienced-based learning tools for adult professionals.

During the workshop participants play the role of managers within their re- gional evaluation units. Their mission is to help different decision-makers in successfully implementing socio-economic projects. They do this by acquir- ing and then feeding evaluation results to potential knowledge users. The simulation game is run in turns which are followed by detailed feedback and debriefing sessions grounded in latest empirical research on evidence used in decision-making.

The Knowledge Brokers website contains more details about its reliability and usefulness, how it is used, game details, testimonials and trusted clients.

One of the team’s experts is Karol Olejniczak who is an assistant professor at EUROREG – University of Warsaw, Poland and an experienced Idea Mapping practitioner. His expertise focuses on evaluation of public interventions and organizational learning. Since 2000, Karol has been a practicing evaluator. He has conducted studies for Polish government and the European Commission. In 2014, for his extensive applied research, he received the title “Evaluator of the Year” from the Polish Government.

For more information about The Knowledge Brokers contact Karol at k.olejniczak@evaluation.pl or +48 696 412 282.

(See Idea Maps or Mind Maps 469-471. Covey’s 7 Habits for more info on the collaboration between EUROREG and Idea Mapping.)Knowledge Brokers Game

Idea Mapping Workshop Flier – Livonia 2016.doc
Idea Mapping Workshop Flier - Livonia 2016

Idea Mapping is a powerful whole-brained visual thinking tool that enhances memory, note taking skills, thought organization, planning, and communication.  It uses color, keywords, lines, and images to connect thoughts associatively.  Idea Maps engage both sides of the brain resulting in the ability to see a picture of all the information on a single page and the relationships between data.  They are a non-linear expression of the way the mind naturally processes information.

To see some Idea Mapping examples click 7-Habits, College Students or search this blog on “Idea Mapping Examples.” See full course abstract.

On August 23-24, 2016 I will be offering my first of only two public Idea Mapping Workshops for 2016. The first one will be held in Livonia, MI (beautiful Detroit suburb), and the second will be held in Palm Beach, FL in December 2016. Registration links to both of these events can be found at the Workshops link.

Since nearly all of my workshops are taught for corporations, this is a rare opportunity to be part of this learning experience. I look forward to meeting all who will be joining me for these public Idea Mapping Workshops this year.

P.S. The link to this flier is easier to read than the image imbedded into this post:)

Barbara Chan - Orange-Crowned WarblersBarb Chan attended one of my 2-day Idea Mapping Workshops at Boeing last month. This was one of the idea maps she created during class. It is about the Orange-Crowned Warbler’s habitats, migration, behaviors, characteristic, and foods.

On the Behaviors branch you’ll see Barb drew a pair of boxing gloves. This represents how the bird defends its territory when it sees an intruder.

Another clever example of using idea mapping! Thanks for sharing Barb.

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Renton 041516 Sharing 7 Habits - 2Renton 041516 Working on Idea MapsRenton 041516 Group Idea MapsThought you would enjoy seeing some photos from the two 2-day Idea Mapping Workshops I taught in Renton, WA April 12-15, 2016  for Boeing employees.

Good time had by all as we learned to juggle, draw, improve our memories, play with toys, share Idea Maps and learn how to learn.

If you would like to see the name tents (and guess the names of the learners) from these two classes see the April 20, 2016 and April 22, 2016 posts.

In a few days I’ll post photos from the two Boeing Idea Mapping classes in Everett April 26-29, 2016.

The next scheduled workshop for Boeing will be held in Long Beach, CA July 21-22, 2016.

Renton 2 Name Tent 1Renton 2 Name Tent 2Renton 2 Name Tent 3Renton 2 Name Tent 4Renton 2 Name Tent 5Renton 2 Name Tent 6On Friday I shared the name tents drawn by some of the Boeing learners who attended my 2-day Idea Mapping workshop last week. If you haven’t had the chance to guess their names, go to Friday’s post before looking the answers.

Here are the answers to the names in order: Larry, Mike, Wendy (One “D”), Christine, Tom, and Robin! Thanks for playing along:)

Renton 2 Name Tent 1Renton 2 Name Tent 2Renton 2 Name Tent 3Renton 2 Name Tent 4Renton 2 Name Tent 5Renton 2 Name Tent 6Here’s a second brain game for you from last week’s workshops at Boeing! Can you guess these names?

Last week I taught two 2-day Idea Mapping Workshops for Boeing in Renton, WA. For the 24,000+ of you who have been through this workshop, you know the class starts out immediately with an activity similar to the game of Concentration. Yesterday I posted some of the name tents from the first workshop (if you’d like to guess those as well) and today we have name tents from last week’s second workshop.

Each learner is asked to draw a picture of their name using color, images, numbers and either adding or subtracting letters. I like to collect some of them and then see if you can guess their names. The name tents represent only the first name of the participant.

Purpose of this activity is to immediately set the stage for a class that is far from the norm, get creative juices flowing, to put people in an uncomfortable situation (because many say they cannot draw), and it acts as a baseline for the drawing activities that are introduced later in the course.

After you’ve had a day or two to guess these names, I’ll post the answers. Have fun!

Renton name tent 1Renton name tent 2Renton name tent 6Renton name tent 5Renton name tent 4Renton name tent 7Renton name tent 3Renton name tent 8Yesterday I shared the name tents drawn by some of the Boeing learners who attended my 2-day Idea Mapping workshop last week. If you haven’t had the chance to guess their names, go to yesterday’s post before looking the answers.

Here are the answers to the names in order: Barbara, Minh, Doug, Bruce, Jackie, Charley, Steve, and Vicki (Tiny Tim & Miss Vicki minus Tim! Thanks for playing along:)

Renton name tent 1Renton name tent 2Renton name tent 6Renton name tent 5Renton name tent 4Renton name tent 7Renton name tent 3Renton name tent 8

Here’s a brain game for you! Can you guess these names?

Last week I taught two 2-day Idea Mapping Workshops for Boeing in Renton, WA. For those of you who have been through this workshop, you know the class starts out immediately with an activity similar to the game of Concentration.

Each workshop participant is asked to draw a picture of their name using color, images, numbers and either adding or subtracting letters. I like to collect some of them and then see if you can guess their names. The name tents only represent the first names of the participants.

Purpose of this activity is to immediately set the stage for a class that is far from the norm, get creative juices flowing, to put people in an uncomfortable situation (because many say they cannot draw), and it acts as a baseline for the drawing activities that are introduced later in the course.

The answers are posted here. Have fun!

Idea Map 477 – Alaskan Style

15 Apr 2016 In: Idea Mapping Example

Liza Seiner - Alaska Idea Map or Mind MapCertified Idea Mapping Instructor Liza Seiner recently took a trip to Alaska with her husband. This Idea Map was created by Liza as a journal of their trip over the course of their travels.

Last week I shared 6 creative name tents from my 2-day Boeing Idea Mapping Workshop in St. Louis on March 8-9, 2016. For details on this brain game see my post from March 15, 2016.

Boeing Name Tent St. Louis 2016 - 1Boeing Name Tent St. Louis 2016 - 2Boeing Name Tent St. Louis 2016 - 3Boeing Name Tent St. Louis 2016 - 4Boeing Name Tent St. Louis 2016 - 5Boeing Name Tent St. Louis 2016 - 6

Here are the answers to those names in order: Patrick, Adam, Cheryl, Telaina, Andrea, and Bill! Thanks for playing along:)

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