Scaling up Actionable Knowledge

March 28, 2024 12:00 pm

Metropolis Initiative Seminar Series

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Location: Louis A. Simpson A71

Time: Lunch – 12:00; Lecture – 12:30 to 1:30 pm

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Presented by Professor. Maria Carmen Lemos from the University of Michigan

More about the talk: To solve sustainability crises, we need actionable knowledge to inform action. While the science of actionable knowledge has evolved quickly, less is known about how and why actionable knowledge scales up and with what consequences. In this talk we discuss advancing three pathways to scale up actionable knowledge: 1) broadening participation by increasing the diversity and number of people participating in the production of actionable knowledge; 2) diffusing actionable knowledge uptake by actors who did not participate in its production, and 3) aggregating its impact by engaging  with actors whose decisions affect a large number of people. These pathways intersect, complement, and interact with each other. They also encompass tradeoffs and opportunities that can lead to tensions and synergies across different scales of decision-making.

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