Easy Ways to Join #KMbChat and Follow the Conversation: A Tweet Chatting Primer

If you have ever wanted to join #KMbChat but find following the conversation difficult on Twitter?

A number of tools are available to help follow Tweet chats. These tools help streamline the conversation so it’s easy to follow, they automatically add hashtags so the posts are easy to find, and they are very simple to use.

Two major tools used to assist with Tweet chats are:

Personally, I find these tools much easier to use than following a conversation of Twitter or even in Hootsuite.

As Tweets are posted, they will show up in the feed. Since only Tweets with the hashtag #KMbChat are in the feed (and the app will automatically add the hashtag), the rest of the Twitter firehose is filtered out. Retweets, replies, and favorites are all available.

These tools are invaluable to following and participating in Twitter chats. Log into your favorite chat tool and join @KMbChat on the last Thursday of every month for stimulating knowledge mobilization discussion.


When: Thursday February  25, 2016 at noon EDT

Where: Twitter (follow @KMbChat and the #KMbChat hashtag at the above scheduled date and time)

Topic: Creating Solutions Like an Entrepreneur: Synergies Between Entrepreneurship and KMb/Research Activities


What is this chat all about?

This chat is about the synergies between entrepreneurship and kmb/research activities.

Entrepreneurs have ideas and want to provide solutions in the same way that researchers have ideas and create solutions. Both are driven by impact. In particular, consider; product to market fit in business and knowing the needs and wants of your target market in research; planning for business, vision, mission and values and how we plan for kmb; marketing and lead generation and how we provide value and market to the consumers of research; sales to get consumers to buy and people to care for business and sales of the right offering to the right consumer at the right time for kmb; and of course strategic partnerships in both business and research. I would like to hear your thoughts on these synergies and what you would need to know to make these things happen or to better understand the activities involved.

Who is Tamika Heiden? 

Tamika currently serves as Principal with Knowledge Translation Australia, a Consulting service to train researchers and research users in Knowledge Translation methods and tools; to support them to implement knowledge Translation practices within new and existing research projects and grants; and to link researchers and research users to ensure research is relevant for everyone.

Tamika has an interesting and varied background. She has more than a decade of career experience as a researcher and research manager in the fields of health, sport and medical research that began with a sports science degree and a PhD in Biomechanics. She has a certification in Knowledge Translation from the University of Toronto, and to top of her high-achieving nature, she has represented Australia in the sport of finswimming and completed four Ironman triathlons.

Tamika considers herself a generalist, bringing knowledge from a range of backgrounds both academic and non-academic to develop high-level overviews and strategic thinking. Working with a wide range of government and non-government organisations, she has shared her knowledge with a variety of audiences at conferences and symposiums, run workshops, been published in numerous professional and academic journals, and been involved in the development of Knowledge Translation strategies at the organisational and project levels.

Tamika currently serves as Principal with Knowledge Translation Australia, a consulting service that brings together researchers and research users to share, create and translate knowledge for the betterment of society. Her goal is to enhance and revolutionise the use of research knowledge to improve value to all involved.

Your KMb Goals for 2016 – what will success look like in 11 months and how will you know you got there?


When: Thursday January 28, 2016 at noon EDT

Where: Twitter (follow @KMbChat and the #KMbChat hashtag at the above scheduled date and time)

Topic: Your KMb Goals for 2016 – what will success look like in 11 months and how will you know you got there?


What is this chat all about?

This chat will be about harnessing our new year’s energy and looking forward to December 2016. What do you hope to accomplish this year? Are you doing anything new? How will you know what you’re doing will be successful? Participants will be invited to share their own stories, ambitions and seek input and advice from other participants.

Who is David Phipps? 

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David Phipps

Dr. Phipps received his Ph.D. in Immunology from Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) and undertook post-doctoral studies in HIV research at the University Health Network (Toronto). After leaving the lab he built a career managing academic research holding successively senior positions at the University of Toronto Innovations Foundation (Manager of Biotechnology and Life Sciences), Canadian Arthritis Network (Director of Business Development) and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Director of Partnerships). In 2001 Dr. Phipps completed his MBA from the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto). Dr. Phipps is the Executive Director of Research & Innovation Services at York University where he manages all research grants and contracts including knowledge and technology transfer.

In this capacity he leads York’s award winning Knowledge Mobilization Unit that provides services to researchers, community organizations and government agencies who wish to use maximize the economic, social and environmental impacts of university research. In 2011 and 2012 Dr. Phipps was named the most influential knowledge mobilizer in Canada and in 2012 York’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit was awarded a best practice award from the European-based Knowledge Economy Network. In 2012 he was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his work in knowledge mobilization. In 2013 he was one of three national finalists for the Impact Award – Connections category from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

He also leads ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche, Canada’s knowledge mobilization network including 11 universities from across Canada.

Connect wtih David:

KMbChat: Walk a mile in business shoes!


When: Thursday November 26, 2015 at noon EDT

Where: Twitter (follow @KMbChat and the #KMbChat hashtag at the above scheduled date and time)

Topic: Walk a mile in business shoes with David Yetman (@mobilizemybrain)


What is this chat all about?

The business world is very different from academia. Many of you would say, “Yeah, I know that already.” This KMbChat is all about learning how to make successful partnerships between business and academia. Join us as we learn from an expert.

Let’s consider some of the differences between operating as an independent business professional and working as an academic within academia:

  • Operating in the business world means that you must work to make the sales that provide the budget, which allows you to do the work that you love do.
  • Operating in the business world means your livelihood is dependent upon developing and implementing a successful business strategy. This includes creating valuable partnerships with organizations and individuals that will help you meet your goals.
  • Operating in the business world means that your next meal depends on your business smarts and acumen and making the next sale.


What does business mean to David Yetman? “Business is about getting to it. Getting it done. Money is the end goal. Yes, people can enjoy what they do, but for-profit business is about money.”


What would you like to talk about? Send your questions and ideas to:

Who is David Yetman?

David YetmanDavid Yetman (@mobilizemybrain) has worked in both academia the business world. He spent nine years in academia as a knowledge broker and research manager. He spent the first two years of his business life helping researchers win grants. He now follows his passion by helping brands succeed in a competitive marketing space.  He works with business partners to create lead generating systems for business. His latest endeavour is Nexidea.

NexideaLogoNexidea is the world’s first crowd-thinking platform that is built to help people create ideas together. Find out more and join the Beta at http:nexidea.ca.

To Wear or Not to Wear: research and wearable technology


Please note the change in date!

When: Thursday October 29, 2015 at noon EDT

Where: Twitter (follow @KMbChat and the #KMbChat hashtag at the above scheduled date and time)

Topic: To Wear or Not to Wear: research and wearable technology featuring Ali Abbas Mehboob Hirji  (@abbaspeaks) as moderator

What is this chat all about?

Wearable technology is a modern trend that helps people capture, manage, and access their data while on the go. It is a trend that is expected to grow. Wearable technology is appearing everywhere. Runners monitor their distance, heart rate, and other biostats with Fitbits of all shapes and sizes. Virtual reality, like Oculus, promise to allow us to experience anything,  anywhere. We text, call, and email with our smart watches. We have even accessed our data and knowledge through Google Glass eye wear.

As our devices evolve, we are afforded new opportunities to engage with and share our knowledge. This month’s #KMbChat features wearable technology. Join Ali Abbas Mehboob Hirji (@abbaspeaks), Research Coordinator with ORION – Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network. Join us to explore just how wearable technology is changing the landscape of knowledge mobilization. Let’s talk about:

  • Wearable technology gadgets and how they may be changing the data collection process?
  • Whether these gadgets change how we access data and knowledge or not?
  • Concerns and challenges with using wearable technology in a research setting?

What do you want to talk about?

Do you have any specific you’d like to address during #KMbChat? Send us your questions and we’ll do our best to answer them during the chat.

AIHS and KMb


When: Thursday September 24, 2015 at noon MT

Where: Twitter (follow @KMbChat and the #KMbChat hashtag at the above scheduled date and time)

Topic: Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS) on Research Impact: evaluation and knowledge mobilization

Please note the time change.

KMbChat will begin promptly at 12:00 (MT) – that is noon in Alberta or 14:00h EDT!

What is this chat about?

In June 2015, AIHS hosted a unique intensive training course on implementing health research impact assessments (#AHRIA15). The hands-on, practical curriculum focused on the health research and innovation system in Alberta and Canada. This collaborative event included many of our provincial partners and the course is affiliated with the International School on Research Impact Assessment (ISRIA).

Participants in our course included knowledge mobilization (KMb) and knowledge translation (KT) specialists. This sparked an interesting side discussion on the nature of KMb and research evaluation and how they relate to one another. This KMbChat focuses on this conversation and how we all work to understand research impact.

Who is Dorothy Pinto?

Dorothy is a Health Research Evaluator and who recently joined the Performance Management and Evaluation team at Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS). She is the team lead for the following health research investments: Training and Career Development and the Tomorrow Project. She works with the team on additional AIHS portfolios and programs. Dorothy is a PhD candidate in Measurement and Evaluation at the University of Alberta. Her research interests include how evaluation supports learning at the organizational level. Dorothy is also a board member of the AB & NWT chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society.

Connect with Dorothy Pinto

Connect with Dorothy to continue this conversation:

What is AIHS?

Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS) funds and supports health research and innovation activity across the province. Working with our many partners in the health system, we ensure that research achieves innovation in care, policy and practice, and that the needs of patients and clinicians influence research. Our vision is to transform the health and well being of Albertans through research and innovation.
The Performance Management and Evaluation unit at AIHS provides the expertise to assess the value and impact of our investments so that we can continue to improve as an organization and to positively affect health system innovation in this province and beyond. Planning, measuring, assessing and communicating the results of health research impacts are strengths that AIHS offers the provincial and global research and innovation environment.

My Favourite Hoots…

Most of you know that my go-to social media management software is Hootsuite. It allows me to do what I do efficiently and easily. Managing several profile across just as many social platforms would be impossible without logging into Hootsuite.

I am a certified Hootsuite pro usera Hootsuite Ambassador, and a member of Hootsuite’s solution partnership program. I pay a few dollars a month to increase the functionality of my dashboard. I learn from other Hootsuite Ambassadors across the globe. I promote the software and receive recognition and a few dollars for each new sign-up. Hootsuite is central to my social media management strategy.

I’ve been managing my digital footprint for a long time now. I have tested and tried many software packages over the years and none came close to meeting my needs. Hootsuite did it! The Hoots (features) that top my Hootlist of must have are:

Hoot #1: Support

HootThe digital age is filled with steep learning curves. Although many software companies promise to deliver easy work flows and add efficiency to your day, few deliver. Hootsuite, from day one, delivers the support I need. When I was a free user, their @Hootsuite_Help Twitter profile was always ready with a solution to any problem I experienced. Once I became a pro user, the @Hootsuite_Pro Twitter handles was integral to my learning what I needed to learn in order to make the software do what I needed it to do.

Hoot #2: Hootsuite University

Hootsuite Certified ProfessionalHootsuite doesn’t just give you the tool, they give you the knowledge to use that tool effectively. Hootsuite University teaches you what you need to know about the tool and using social media like a pro. Their video-based learning system is easily accessed and understood by those beginning their social media journey as well as more experienced users, like social media managers.

Video course material and webinars include:

  • Social media training for business
  • Lecture series that allows you direct access to expert social media knowledge and experience of industry thought leaders
  • Videos that help you learn how to search for jobs on LinkedIn, post regular updates to Facebook and Twitter, manage your videos on YouTube, and a whole lot of other learning about the platforms that you use

Give them a test run and sign up for your access to Hootsuite University today.

Hoot #3: Social Listening

The most important piece of any successful social media strategy is social listening. Before you join the conversations that matter to you, you must first figure out what those conversations are and where they are happening. Staying on top of the key words and hashtags important to you and your industry is what social listening is all about. Hootsuite streams make listening to the conversations that matter to you easy.

Set up streams to help you:

  • Track what your competitors are talking about
  • Find out what your clients are talking about
  • Keep up with industry trends and topics by tracking hashtags
  • Engage with your local community
  • Discover who links to your website and the context of that conversation

BONUS: Once you have your streams set up, you can archive those conversations in an easily downloadable .csv file. This allows you to manipulate the data in your favourite spreadsheet program.

There you have it. These are my top three Hoots that keep me using and promoting Hootsuite.


Do you want to know more? Email me and we can continue the conversation.

Already a Hootsuite user, but ready to take your skills to the next level? Sign up for Hootsuite Pro and contact me so we can talk about how to make Hootsuite Pro work for you.

Digital KMb! Open access! #KMbChat


When: Thursday August 27, 2015 at noon EDT

Where: Twitter (follow @KMbChat and the #KMbChat hashtag at the above scheduled date and time)

Topic: Digital KMb! Open access!

What is this chat all about?

This week’s chat is all about accessing a digital knowledge mobilizer’s (KMber) experience.

  • Do you ever wonder how a digital KMber manages many profiles across several platforms while continuing to carry out other daily work and meeting deadlines?
  • Is the digital world a mystery to you?

Check in to #KMbChat on Thursday August 27, 2015 at noon EDT to answer these and other questions. Let’s peek behind the magic curtain together and figure out how to make the  digital world work for us.

Format Change

Let’s try something a bit different. The conversation will be run by YOU! That’s right, you are in the driver’s seat this month. Come ready to share your knowledge and ask the questions that will deliver the answers you need.

A few tips for a great participation experience:

  • Be sure to include #KMbChat in ALL your tweets while participating in the chat on Thursday August 27, 2015 from noon to 13:00h (EDT)
  • Ensure that your questions and comments are less than 140 characters
  • Tag @bonniezink and/or @KMbChat in your tweets so that I will be alerted to your questions or comments immediately
  • Ask me anything! If I know the answer, I will share it with you and the Twitterverse
  • Be aware that any and all tweets are public. If you don’t want your Mother to hear it, let’s not tweet it!


BZink_2015I am happy to moderate this month’s KMbChat. I am ready to help you discover how the tools and processes of the digital universe will make your daily practice more organized, more manageable, and fun!

I help clients tell their story in an increasingly digitized and networked world. The key to getting your message heard in this noisy world is to enhance the reach of that message by working with both new and traditional media, processes, and tools. What story will you tell?

Connect with me!

Let’s continue the conversation! I’m all over the internet and looking forward to connecting with you.

Looking for more? The rest of my social media profiles are listed here.

KMb Professional Development

KMbWordCloudKnowledge mobilizers around the world talk about the skills they need to effectively mobilize knowledge. The opinions are as varied as knowledge mobilizers themselves. How do knowledge mobilizers keep their skills sharp and current? Where do we find reasonably priced and quality professional opportunities? Do we rely on yearly conferences? Do we learn online? Do we create the opportunities we need?


I love conferences. They bring our colleagues and mentors to one place in order to share knowledge and learn from one another. They give us the opportunity to meet our online connections in person. Conferences open our minds to new ideas and help motivate us to keep our skills sharp. Some of my favourite conferences for knowledge mobilizers include:

  • The former Research Transfer Network of Alberta (RTNA), now known ans the Knowledge Translation Network (KTN), annual conference was a huge opportunity for western Canada’s knowledge mobilizers to gather in Banff, Alberta. It was one of the only conferences that concentrated on knowledge mobilization. It was easily accessible and affordable for western Canadian knowledge mobilizers. It is greatly missed. Since its last conference in 2013, KT Inspiring Change, we’ve felt the void left by the lack of affordable and accessible knowledge mobilization focused professional development opportunities.
  • The Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum (CKF) travels the country, bringing high quality professional development opportunities to a different region each year. In 2014, the CKF14 was held in Saskatoon and provided western Canadian knowledge mobilizers the opportunity to gather and learn from one another. This conference continues to deliver quality learning opportunities on a yearly basis.

Online Learning

Online learning is another way we connect and learn. In today’s digital universe we are no longer restricted by geographic barriers or cost. Most online learning is offered free of charge, but there are some very good paid options too. Some of my favourties include:

  • Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health’s knowledge mobilization toolkit – this toolkit covers everything we need to know about knowledge mobilization. Check out the “What is knowledge mobilization (KMb)?” section to learn more about what KMb is, why it is important, and to find out about the terminology we use in this industry. The “I’m ready to use the toolkit” section will help you plan your KMb activities. The “What are others doing?” provides inspiration and helps you connect with others already working with KMb.
  • Knowledge Mobilization Journal Club – hosted on the publicly accessible O3 forum, this journal club presents a summary of KMb related academic journal articles. Each entry is presented with an article reference, the url to the open access article, an abstract, an article summary, and key observations from a practitioners perspective. Readers are encouraged to reply to the entry and discuss the knowledge and information that matters to them.
  • #KMbChat – this Twitter chat brings knowledge mobilizers together to talk about the issues that impact their work. Practitioners, policy-makers, academics, and community-based knowledge mobilizers gather around this hashtag on the fourth Thursday of each month to share, connect, and learn. Each chat is transcribed into an easily downloadable PDF. You’ll find all the past chats listed in the #KMbChat Archives.
  • KMb Resources – this listing of KMb resources contains my favourite resources available on the web today. It is a constantly evolving list that helps keep my skills sharp.

This listing is by no means exhaustive. There are many opportunities for us to connect with, learn from, and share with one another. Ensuring that we have access to quality and economical professional development resources enables us to do our best work. Exploring new technologies, refreshing traditional skills, and learning how the new and the old combine to create a well-rounded and effective strategy is at the core of what we do.

How do you keep your skills sharp?