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Wednesday, March 23 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Optimizing Complexity: exploring the role and impact of knowledge and innovation brokering in facilitating and linking learning, research, extension and development programs

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This workshop will explore:            
- How and why should we support public, private and civic collaboration in both social and online environments, or “public knowledge spaces”?        
- What is the role of these and knowledge and innovation brokering in facilitating collaborative, innovative responses to complex issues (e.g. climate change and food insecurity) no institution can tackle on their own?        
- How can those engaged in this work measure impact/success?          
A particular focus will be on identifying people and systems based capabilities required to enhance connectivity amongst communities of place, interest, inquiry and practice, and the sharing and co-creation of knowledge.            
After a presentation there will be a breakout discussion session and report out. Participants will be provided a list of resources.              
One objective of the workshop is to share initial findings of an eXtension facilitated learning exchange with eXtensionAUS/Victoria Australia and Cornell University/New York State representatives. Those efforts and workshop feedback will help inform a knowledge and innovation systems road map for State-based entities engaged in food and agriculture related learning, research, development and extension.          
The target audience will include those with interests in research and extension program development, management and evaluation; policy development; content/knowledge curation; governance; ICT platform development and the like.

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Jeff Piestrak

Digital Collections Specialist, Mann Library, Cornell University / eXtension Foundation
I spent the first two decades of my work life directly engaged in ag and food systems work across the value chain from seed to plate, with occasional forays into fisheries and forestry work. At Cornell University's Mann Library, I now work with and connect a broad range of individuals and groups on and off campus in support of research, learning and outreach. I'm a strong advocate of our Lincoln legacy Land Grant mission, helping realize our... Read More →

Wednesday March 23, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Rio Grande West

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