Notes #19

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A post on the LSE Impact of Social Sciences Blog by Toby Green making the case that Publication is not enough, to generate impact you need to campaign.

After reaching an audience, authors should develop their network to build campaigns that raise awareness, stimulate debate and convince others to get on board to advocate for change. It’s important not to simply send out an email blast, or push tweets out, but to engage with your intended audience over a period of time. This means listening to what your audience is saying in their presentations, tweets and blog posts and responding using snippets from your research findings so a conversation develops.

This perfectly dove-tails my experiences with enabling and strengthening impact when working with the Earth System Governance Project, especially during the process of developing the Sustainable Development Goals.

I can hear many of you now: “but I’m too busy to promote my papers”. Let’s put this in context. If you’ve spent many months – even years – gathering data, writing up the results and getting a paper through the publishing process, isn’t it worth spending time on making sure your findings reach beyond your immediate peer group?

But instead of spending time, what about spending some resources to have someone manage such a campaign? My more than ten years of experience in creating campaigns around scientific publications and findings, is actually one of the services I am offering as mercenary for science and sustainability.

Deep-time organizations: Learning institutional longevity from history

This study by Frederic Hanusch and Frank Biermann in the Anthropocene Review pioneers the analysis of what they call “deep-time organizations” – some of the oldest existing organizations worldwide from a variety of sectors, and what an exotic case study selection result:

Hanusch and Biermann, 2020

Based on the analysis, 12 initial design principles are formulated, that could lay the basis for the construction and design of “deep-time organizations” for long-term challenges.

Is it time to postpone the 2020 Climate Summit?

Opinion piece by Felix Dodds and Michael Strauss. I agree. The key is below: postpone but increase momentum!

How to postpone but increase momentum Many respected voices currently arguing against a postponement are understandably concerned that any delay will take the pressure off governments to keep building on their commitments. It’s a valid fear. The answer is to not take the pressure off governments. Yes, postpone the meeting, but instead of a full COP in November in Glasgow, the parties can schedule an additional special high-level Preparatory Meeting, on those same days in November, in Bonn where the UNFCCC is housed.

Felix Dodds and Michael Strauss

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