Talk:Imagining a smarter world

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Geoff Barnard, 2014-11-01

Dear KM4Dev friends

"Imagine a world where everyone making decisions on how best to respond to climate change had easy access to the information they need to make those choices. What would it look like and what would be needed to bring it about?"

Just published a think piece on the CDKN website prompted by discussions at the recent Climate Knowledge Brokers workshop in Brighton. I figure we need to be thinking big in developing the information sharing systems we need to really make progress. The CKB Group has made some important progress - but there’s a long way to go.

Interested to get your thoughts - not least on what the climate knowledge brokers can learn from information and KM in other sectors, and how we can connect up better to break down those knowledge silos.

Best wishes Geoff The blog: http://bit.ly/1tI78ku More on the CKB Group here: http://en.openei.org/wiki/Climate_Knowledge_Brokers_Group

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, 2014-11-02

Dear Geoff,

Many thanks for this. The vision is in line with the Dgroups vision: "A world where every person is able to contribute constructively to dialogue and decision-making for international development and social justice" (www.dgroups.info ). The latter intentionally focuses on the ability of every person to contribute. Easy access to information is a prerequisite but what is needed in parallel is a mechanism for people to contribute their views, to be heard, and to have their views considered and taken into account.

I like the six points and the metaphor of the market place. I think much of this could apply to health information and I was going to reproduce it on the CoP HIFA (Healthcare Information for All). I checked to see if the content is covered under a Creative Commons license, but I could not find guidance on CDKN and the host site Eldis appears to be copyright-protected.

I would suggest a seventh point whereby information providers in international development move progressively (or indeed immediately) towards open access publishing.

"how we can connect up better to break down those knowledge silos"

Two thoughts: 1. Communities of practice (CoPs) - for example, Dgroups has 700 active CoPs and there are thousands of others - we need to promote connections among and between CoPs. 2. Facilitate (a) identification of information that is in the right language, format and technical level for different end-user groups; and (b) help to differentiate between "reliable" from "unreliable" information, especially through internet (eg Google search engine) and mobile phone networks. Most recently, for example, we have witnessed the fear, confusion and suffering caused by misinformation on Ebola.

Best wishes, Neil

Geoff Barnard, 2014-11-03

Hi Neil Interesting addition - the ability to contribute. Would agree. The last part of this para about 'views being considered and taken into account' feels like a big additional step, though - highly laudable but hard to design and mandate for (I’ll resist getting drawn too far into this line of thought - I bet you have discussed long and hard on this one so would welcome any links summarising these debates).

Yes please free to recirculate on HIFA. I’ve been thinking of the health sector as a possible model to learn from, given it’s one of the oldest established KM areas. Here’s a question for your CoP: “What are the most important lessons you have learned from setting up a 'knowledge grid' in the health information sector that could be applied within climate change”.

I’ll pass on your observation about licensing to Mairi, my colleague who manages the CDKN site.

Best wishes Geoff

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, 2014-11-04

Thanks Geoff,

"The last part of this para about 'views being considered and taken into account' feels like a big additional step, though - highly laudable but hard to design and mandate for"

This is indeed a long term vision, but is already starting to happen. For example, public consultations on the post-2015 development agenda provide a mechanism for individuals and organisers to express views (although the mechanism is very imperfect, favouring input from those who are already most informed and those who speak English). We have two small examples on the HIFA forum of gathering stakeholder views and collating the for use in policy and research. The first was the use of HIFA forum content to help inform a WHO guideline on task shifting for maternal and newborn health: http://www.hifa2015.org/hifa-knowledge-base-and-who-guidelines/ and the second was the use of HIFA forum content as the basis for a research paper on 'Stakeholder views on the incorporation of traditional birth attendants into the formal health systems of low-and middle-income countries: a qualitative analysis of the HIFA2015 and CHILD2015 email discussion forums.' Onikepe Oluwadamilola Owolabi, Claire Glenton, Simon Lewin and Neil Pakenham-Walsh BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014, 14:118 doi:10.1186/1471-2393-14-118 http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2393/14/118

Of course, synthesis of stakeholder views does not necessarily mean that those views will be read, let alone put into policy and practice. But such synthesis has potential as a new form of "soft" evidence, opinions and ideas that can help inform policy and practice - including, importantly, an understanding of the likely drivers and barriers among stakeholders to implementation of any policy change.

For me, what is really exciting is the potential for more and more 'stakeholders' to be able to contribute constructively to dialogue and decision-making around complex health and development challenges. I believe we are already on the start of this path, though we still have a long way to go.

"(I’ll resist getting drawn too far into this line of thought - I bet you have discussed long and hard on this one so would welcome any links summarising these debates)."

I have not seen any articles or debates about this, although I'm sure they must exist and would welcome links from other KM4Dev members.

"Here’s a question for your CoP: “What are the most important lessons you have learned from setting up a 'knowledge grid' in the health information sector that could be applied within climate change”."

I'm not sure what a knowledge grid is. Please can you say a bit more.

Best wishes, Neil

Kim Tucker, 2014-11-04

Hi all,

This was in mind when formulating the Libre Knowledge Vision:

"Knowledge for all, freedom to learn, towards collective wisdom [for a sustainable world]". http://wikieducator.org/Declaration_on_libre_knowledge

and re-iterated in the section "Vision and Values" in Say Libre: http://wikieducator.org/Say_Libre#Vision_and_Values (the whole article is relevant)

In 2011, a posting on this list prompted me to create a page capturing my take on Libre knowledge and sustainability: http://wikieducator.org/Libre_knowledge_and_sustainability

A work in progress in line with this theme: Be Libre http://wikieducator.org/Be_libre

Hope you find the above interesting, useful and perhaps in some way inspiring.

Thanks

Kim

PS More on Libre Knowledge: http://wikieducator.org/Libre_knowledge