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December 31, 2010

Bill Dennison speech to Latornell conference, Ontario, Canada: Part 7 – O Canada!

PART 7; O Canada! So my conclusions are that conservation deals with complex problems. I think of it as simple problems are like following a recipe. Complicated problems are like building a rocket to the moon. It’s complicated, but you can do it over and over again if you do the equations and follow them. […]

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December 30, 2010

Bill Dennison speech to Latornell conference, Ontario, Canada: Part 6 – Five step program for environmental report cards

PART 6; Five step program for environmental report cards Let me go through five steps of generating Report Cards that we’ve generated. And they are relatively simple and straightforward. First is to draw it, to create the conceptual framework. Second, is to choose the indicators. Third is to define the thresholds. Fourth is to calculate […]

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December 28, 2010

Bill Dennison speech to Latornell conference, Ontario, Canada: Part 5 – Report card examples

PART 5; Report card examples Another aspect that I think has a lot of similarities to Ontario right now with your thirty-six conservational authorities doing these Report Cards, is that first in some areas where you don’t have a lot of resources, that citizens and scientists become a really powerful tool. And we’ve developed a […]

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December 27, 2010

Bill Dennison speech to Latornell conference, Ontario, Canada: Part 4 – Environmental Report Cards

PART 4; Environmental Report Cards Let me talk about one science communication tool that we’ve been developing, that we think is really powerful, and this is the Environmental Report Card. They’re really powerful for three big reasons. One is they are a really good peer pressure motivator, because peer pressure motivates human change. The story […]

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December 26, 2010

Bill Dennison speech to Latornell conference, Ontario, Canada: Part 3 – History of Science Communication

PART 3; History of Science Communication There is a history of effective science communication that actually changed the world. If we think about the Copernican Revolution, Copernicus was a Polish astronomer, who published a book in 1543 on the movement of the Earth around the Sun, not the Sun around the Earth, which was the […]

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December 25, 2010

Bill Dennison speech to Latornell conference, Ontario, Canada: Part 2 – Incorporating visual elements

PART 2; Incorporating visual elements When I talk about using visuals, these are classes of visuals that we’ve tried to use in all of our science communication products. We try to use conceptual diagrams to provide context and synthesis. Historically, these were in the realm of graphic artists. But in fact, one of the things […]

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December 24, 2010

Bill Dennison speech to Latornell conference, Ontario, Canada: Part 1 – Science Communication

PART 1; Science Communication I can’t believe you are all here at 7:45 am. What’s the matter with you people? This is way too early. I actually have ten years experience at the University of Queensland teaching at eight o’clock lectures, so I know how to deal with you. My jokes will fall flat, I […]

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December 23, 2010

Zanzibar seems like a dream

Wandering through StoneTown, Sniffing the frying octopus, Admiring the elegant burkas, Zanzibar seems like a dream. Wading out to seaweed farms, Laughing with the monkeys, Feeding the sea turtles, Zanzibar seems like a dream. Meeting with villagers, Stopping at checkpoints, Smelling different spices, Zanzibar seems like a dream. Watching the Dhows drift in, Dancing under […]

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December 22, 2010

Notes from Zanzibar; Communicating science workshop

The workshop in Zanzibar was organized by a group of Swedish and African scientists. The role of our Integration and Application Network Science Communicators Kate Bentsen and Jane Hawkey, working with Guiseppe DiCarlo from Conservation International and myself, was to develop some training exercises and to produce a couple of science communication newsletters in a […]

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December 21, 2010

Notes from Zanzibar; arrival

Zanzibar airport was a scene, as we crowded into a small room to painstakingly fill out forms for our missing bags. The forms had to be filled out by hand with several carbon copies by a fellow at the airport as we attempted to communicate the changes in our itinerary. Missing our bags also led […]

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