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the way how research on orphan diseases has been altered by genetically modified research by genealogical trusts; forget disregarded collection at the Smithsonian Institution, where Empire State Building bluebreaks are.... not to speak of modelling yeasts, whatever that may be.
Communication with the general population is more important than ever, because the global picture is becoming more and more complex. When - if at all - can academia and academics go berserk? The room on that date was occupied by David Guston, who was co-director of the Consortium for Research, Politics and Results - basically a scientific politics thinking at ASU.
But I was fascinated and wanted to investigate the challenges, because I had no clue what scientific politics was all about. Dave presented me to Dan Sarewitz, his co-director at CSPO, who was very interested in storytelling and finding a way to convey politics to an audiences beyond his CSOs.
Political scientists, like many scientists, sometimes work in a blister that talks to each other but does not link to a wider electoral district. The ASU can turn new notions into reality very quickly, and in little more than a moment I had a new Distinguished Writer in Residence position at the CSPO, with the mission to find ways to combine the shaky worlds of politics and the creative scriptwriting communities, as well as to tell real stories to make political topics available to a wide audience - ordinary readers who are actually affected by science and technology innovations.
Firstly, scientific policies are more intoxicating and theoretic - they are not simple to define and are sometimes founded more on notions of what could be happening than on the real. It is relatively simple to describe and dramatise things that have already been done, but more difficult to use nonfiction skills in the unknown futures. Because it has been difficult to define and articulate politics - it' s about lives and fatalities, tragic space walks, astonishing applications - reporters and authors in general have a tendency to disregard or marginalise politics.
So I quickly realised that there were not many convincing, publicised stories about scientific policies and the responsibility of invention. What is the best way to make politics known? How can we help to create a work that illustrates how nurturing scientific politics can be communicated in an effective way?
Scientists share their thoughts and methodologies with authors who share their skills and experiences in storytelling. Coupled in groups, they tried to create real histories that capture the scholar's research in narratives so that the whole planet could comprehend them. Commenced in 2010, the pilots were extended in 2013 and we were able to receive more than 225 entries from exceptionally skilled (and overqualified) individuals from all over the globe.
Much - and above all the good - begins with the five collaboration essay articles here which, in line with President Crow's view, merge and certainly transcend conventional disciplinary borders. At first, twelve groups took part in Think Write Publish, nine of which were successfully completed. As well as the five essay articles posted here, you can view the other four on the Think Write Publish website.
There is also more information available on-line about the Think World Publish whole team and its attendees, along with more information on how styles and content, politics and narration can work together efficiently to appeal to a wide general public. It is also an excellent educational resource as it will deconstruct some of the collaboration essay we have written and show the reader how scientific politics and story telling work together.
It should also be mentioned that three of the articles in this edition are concurrently featured in Issues in Science and Technology, a major political magazine of the National Academy of Sciences and ASU. IST is edited by Dan Sarewitz and Kevin Finneran, the latter of whom was adventuresome enough to release similar joint scientific and literary essay for the TWPilot.
It is my belief that Think Write Publish is only the beginning of a new story - a way in which professionals from different areas can learnt from each other while at the same time influencing a large and varied audience.