1 thought on “Transform Cities”

  1. I suspect that science communication has a huge role to play to here. Two things currently crossing my transom that might help us frame some opening conversations about this:

    1. Like the Rockefeller Foundation, Future Earth has identified cities and the urban environment as a key component to future sustainability. And yet, they write:

    “The research that is currently being undertaken on urban systems is often perceived by stakeholders as inaccessible, difficult to understand and not specifically addressing the questions raised by urban decision and policy makers as well as practitioners.” http://futureearth.org/future-earth-urban

    Where have we heard this before? Can science communication reframe some of its research and engagement agendas around urban systems research in such a way to add value?

    2. If indeed it turns out to be the case that 2/3 of the world’s population will be living in cities by 2050, the cultural institutions in which science communication operates (Universities, science centres and museums, NGO and governmental engagement programs) will be ever more critical to a larger slice of the global population. And yet, what of the 1/3 who have not arrived in urban centres with all of the access to science that this provides? What does engagement look like in this future?

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