Ultimate Team Building: How Boundary Spanning Organizations Fill the Gap Between Science and Solutions

Ultimate Team Building: How Boundary Spanning Organizations Fill the Gap Between Science and Solutions

Organizer: 
Amber Pairis
Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation-Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Time Slot: 
Concurrent Sessions 2
Session Type: 
Symposium
Abstract: 

Boundary-spanning organizations can help translate science in real time, build trust among partners, and have enough influence to garner support for action. Creating these kind of collaborative partnerships is continually being highlighted as a foundation for advancing climate adaptation strategies yet creating, maintaining, and funding these kinds of unique organizations can be difficult if not impossible. This session will bring together several individuals with diverse sets of experiences to lead a group conversation about the unique attributes that can make these organization succeed or fail and why these kinds of endeavors are so difficult to create, fund, and maintain over time. Learn from a lifetime of good and bad experiences of individuals who are working at the interface of science and application and add your voice and experience on the pitfalls and hurdles of pursuing new and often difficult solutions to advance adaptation actions. This session will highlight how scientific experts are emerging as key adaptation leaders and the unique skill set that is helping them advance their work as science messengers. Leaders will speak about their efforts to build trust and proliferate the idea that we are in this all together. This session will also include a focus on how tribal nations in the Southwest view climate change challenges and how boundary spanning organizations are helping integrate climate information, awareness, and buy in through innovative youth and family experiences. This session will start with some perspective presentations but then open to a more interactive discussion and hands on science-art project.

Presentations

Boundary-spanning organizations can help translate science in real time, build trust among partners, and have enough influence to garner support for action. Creating these kind of collaborative partnerships is continually being highlighted as a foundation
Amber Pairis, Climate Science Alliance
Ultimate Team Building
Tamara Wall, Desert Research Institute
Ultimate Team Building
Megan Jennings, San Diego State University
Ultimate Team Building
Nicolette Cooley, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals
Ultimate Team Building
Shasta Gaughen, Pala Band of Mission Indians
Ultimate Team Building
Kathy Jacobs, Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions