At The Three Cultures Summit on Climate Change, What Scientists Want to Learn From Social Scientists
I'm spending the weekend in Oregon at an outpost on the edge of the Columbia River Valley. I'm in town for a unique three cultures summit on climate change, a workshop that brings together scientists, social scientists, philosophers, poets, and artists to discuss strategies and methods for public engagement and communication.
This afternoon we broke into separate disciplinary groups and embarked on a short hike to reflect on what we would like to learn from the other disciplines. When we returned, I jotted down the following notes on what scientists said they would most like to learn or know from social scientists. Here's what they said:
Practical specific applications of framing
Data on different values of different segments of society regarding climate change
How to get policy makers to listen.
Establish an ongoing formal dialogue and partnership with social scientists on sustainability and science.
How to listen effectively given a diversity of social values (communication should be a 2 way street)
Guidance on where to best target our efforts i.e. which segments of the public?
How to communicate through social networks
Help with understanding the practical limits of effective advocacy.
Studies of the culture of science.
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