Engagement for a Future

How can academics communicate the broader and more complex discipline-spanning reality of the emerging world?

Successfully navigating the turbulent years ahead to a safer, fairer and healthier future relies on open discussion and scrutiny of these complex crises. But with knowledge often siloed, and only a narrow range of expertise platformed by the media, this is not happening. Our Communicating Complex Crises toolkit is a crucial resource for any academic keen to hone their skills in communicating the interconnection of environmental and social crises.

Research demonstrates that people respond far better to narratives and stories than abstract statistics. So in parallel, we are building a living database of annotated real-life examples of this interweaving of social and environmental crises, for academics to use and contribute to.

Communicating Complex Crises: a toolkit

This toolkit supports academics to tell more complete and authentic stories about today’s entangled social and environmental crises – without overstepping professional responsibility or eroding scientific credibility. It features advice that is relevant to media work, to public engagement in third sector contexts, as well as to day-to-day interactions with colleagues, experts in other fields, and policymakers.

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Ben Moreland / Unsplash

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