Boundary Organizations: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Policy

Wednesday, August 13, 2014: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
313, Sacramento Convention Center
Lori A. Hidinger, Arizona State University
Faith R. Kearns, California Institute for Water Resources
Lori A. Hidinger, Arizona State University
Non-profits, foundations, think-tanks, and many other “boundary” groups help connect science, policy, and action. Boundary organizations connect diverse groups by, for example, providing a space where decision-makers, researchers, practitioners, and communities can come together around common interests and contentious issues. These types of organizations and the people that work in them help to translate, communicate, mediate, and produce knowledge. They facilitate relationship-building, collaboration, and information flow not only between diverse disciplines but also between multiple communities including researchers and decision makers. By encouraging and innovating interactions, boundary organizations and individuals spark and facilitate exchanges that can lead to the development of deeper knowledge, understanding, and relationships, particularly in situations characterized by uncertainty and controversy. This IGNITE session will provide an introduction to the concept of boundary organizations and highlight organizations and individuals working to bridge the boundaries with the ecological community. We will also highlight the knowledge and skills needed to be successful as a boundary spanner, from grad school to practitioner.
 What Are Boundary Organizations and Why Are They Important?
Mark Brown, California State University, Sacramento
 Connecting science to ocean policy and management: The California Ocean Science Trust
Aaron McGregor, California Ocean Science Trust; Emily Knight, California Ocean Science Trust; Ryan Meyer, California Ocean Science Trust
 Becoming a boundary spanner: Mastering the path of the scientist change-maker
Faith R. Kearns, California Institute for Water Resources
 The philanthropic bridge: Integrating science, policy and resource management
Mary Turnipseed, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
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