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Engage or become irrelevant -
April 27, 2010
Science in the Open
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Friday and Saturday last week I had the privilege of attending the first Sage Congress. Hopefully this will be the first in a series of posts that cover that meeting because there is simply so much to think about and so much to just get on and do. This is not a post about public engagement work by scientists. It is not about going to schools and giving talks. It is not about engaging with the main stream media to present your work to the great unwashed. It is about engaging with the people who will be driving your research agenda within ten years, about how the way researchers connect with society will be changed over the next decade whether they like it or not. -
pq:"“The public” is not some homogeneous group of barbarians at the gate of our ivory towers." No no, of course not. It's a highly heterogeneous group of barbarians, and they long since over-ran the gates of the ivory towers. :-) (Obdisclaimer after that sort of comment: I agree with Cameron, that this is largely a good thing.) -
This is a fantastic post. -
You're right of course Bill. It's just that most academics continue to assume that they're the hired help... -
... when in fact it's we, the researchers, who are exactly that -- the hired help. I've said for years that science should be viewed as a service industry (even if it is really, really slow service). -
Yup, slow and surly for the most part. I have to admit it's not always obvious how to go about doing this kind of thing effectively. But step one, find the right community. -
I think I've fixed it - though I'm not sure how, are you still seeing it? -
Ok, think it's fixed now - I've got some plugin incompatibility issues I need to work through obviously... -
Provocative title and I like the thinking -
Great post! I discovered this via Gilles Frydman's Twitter feed (@gfry) in my browsing around the web pages and Twitter feeds of participants at the Health 2.0 Conference this week. At the risk of mentioning kindred spirits you and/or your readers may already be aware of, Douglas Rushkoff gave a talk at SXSW earlier this year on <a href="
">Program or Be Programmed</a> and Tim O'Reilly recently wrote an essay on <a href="
">Government as a Platform</a> (which invokes the metaphor of a vending machine to represent the prevalent view of government), both of which corroborate some of the ideas you espouse here. I'm glad to see this convergence of great thinking and hope it will help promote great actions ... i.e., I hope more of us will choose engagement over irrelevance! -
I like Gilles post at
making a case for the concept of "patient as platform" which is a great soundbite that captures my view well. Sounds like the panel was really interesting certainly. -
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