Knowledge to Impact

Knowledge to Impact

Taille : 4-12
Depuis : Summer 2016
Statut : en cours
Duréé :
Territoire : Local

Écoute pour co-création
Écoute pour le changement systémique

Jayne Malenfant
Knowledge to Impact


How would you describe your project to a six-year old child?

This project hopes to listen to real people and what they do everyday to figure out how things are organized.

What are you listening to?

We listen to people who are working in organizations trying to enact socially just change. We are listening to their stories, meetings, asking people what they are doing day by day, hour by hour. Little details.


Why are things failing? Why aren’t the right people (people being affected) asked questions?


So far we record, using sound devices: it is difficult to really listen while you are listening. We work in quiet, private spaces. We do participant observation. We take notes.

Fondements Théorique

Our theoretical foundings are built on institutional ethnography. Talking to people everyday helps to understand the institutions that organize them.
We started with traditional ethnography. We identify as marxist-feminist.


The Homeless Hub (Toronto) –
Exeko (Montreal) –

L’importance de l’écoute

Listening is integral to the project. The project is evolving based on what we are hearing. Listening is letting what people say develop what questions you are asking.
Especially in academic capacity, research is often carried out without listening to the people the research is supposed to impact.
When you listen to people, you are actually getting information, but you can also develop participation, relationships, and people will engage in a more real, anthentic, deeper way.


Using social media to create ways where people can use it as they need it, and possibly enable funders to see what is happening and what is needed.