The management of knowledge is an important driver for the transition towards a sustainable extractive sector in Europe. Therefore, the SUMEX Toolkit provides necessary knowledge and tools for practitioners in companies and public administration willing to engage in a sustainability transition in the extractive sector
A KNOWLEDGE REPOSITORY OF GOOD PRACTICE
The first part of the Toolkit is an open-access online data repository synthesising and contextualising relevant information on industry and policy good practice and training materials in the form of reports, videos and websites (henceforth referred to as the “repository”). This part starts with the collection of the information that already exists and finds the best way of organising it. Some ideas around this knowledge repository include creating a one-stop-shop that is well-structured with user needs centred information access. Against this background, the project team organised a multi-stakeholder consultative process with the aim to improve the general understanding and revelance for practitioners. Another focus is to design guidance materials by ‘making sense of good practice’ – a how to best present information that makes sense to people and learn from a good practice example. Furthermore, audio-visual story-telling in the form of webscasts, recorded webinars, videos and are a central feature to communicate information.
DIGITAL LEARNING & EXCHANGE ACTIONS
The second part of the Toolkit refers to a series of online exchange actions that target SUMEX stakeholders who would like to exchange and learn on SUMEX compiled good practice information in an interactive training and peer-learning format (henceforth referred to as the “learning actions”). Against this background, stakeholders, central to the learning actions, will form a group (people and organisations) that will incentivise and facilitate the formation of a Community of Practice (CoP members represent important stakeholders and are central to learning and knowledge exchange actions). They will play a fundamental part in the design and implementation of both the SUMEX Toolkit repository and learning component.
A NEW UNDERSTANDING FOR MAKING USE OF KNOWLEDGE
The challenge of knowledge exchange is based on the fact the two most common forms - formal and informal (tacit) knowledge - are difficult to collect, organise and process in a way that is useful for practitioners: Formal knowledge on practices is captured by documents or videos which are dispersed and non-contextualised, whereas tacit knowledge is rooted in the experience and cognitive understanding of people and, therefore, difficult to make explicit and convey. The SUMEX project responds to these challenges by building a digital Toolkit for good practice learning, which engages in processes and builds tools to make this knowledge available and thereby provide support for decision-making in the public and private sector. The SUMEX Toolkit comprises two components: A knowledge repository of good practice relevant information (repository) and digital learning & exchange actions (e-learning actions).