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Knowledge brokering part 2: Are community managers knowledge brokers?

We’re now mid-way through the first year of the AAAS Community Engagement Fellows Program (CEFP), funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The first cohort of Fellows is made up of 17 scientific community managers working with a diverse range of scientific communities. As they continue to develop their community engagement skills and apply some of the ideas and strategies from their training, the Fellows will report back on the Trellis blog, sharing their challenges, discoveries, and insights. Today, in part two of a two part series on knowledge brokering, Fellow Elisha Wood-Charlson breaks down the similarities and differences between community managers and knowledge brokers.

Posted by Elisha Wood-Charlson, Communications Project Manager at the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education

Hand with skills written on it
5 ways to build your people skills” by Abhijit Bhaduri under CC BY 2.0

In part 1 of this series, I explored the concept of a knowledge broker by defining the role/trait and describing some of the best practices. For this section, I wanted to explore the potential for shared skills between knowledge brokers and Scientific Community Managers (SCMs).

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What is Knowledge Brokering?

We’re now mid-way through the first year of the AAAS Community Engagement Fellows Program (CEFP), funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The first cohort of Fellows is made up of 17 scientific community managers working with a diverse range of scientific communities. As they continue to develop their community engagement skills and apply some of the ideas and strategies from their training, the Fellows will report back on the Trellis blog, sharing their challenges, discoveries, and insights. Today, in part one of a two part series, Fellow Elisha Wood-Charlson introduces the role of knowledge brokering.

Posted by Elisha Wood-Charlson, Communications Project Manager at the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education

Closeup of a metal plaque reading "Trust"
Trust” by Terry Johnston under CC BY 2.0

During Moment #1 of realizing I was becoming a “Community Engagement Manager”, I was introduced to the concept of a knowledge broker. At the time, I was a postdoc in Australia and “climate change” was not an acceptable phrase (sound familiar?). Knowledge brokering was about how scientists were involved in policy decisions. As Roger A Pielke, Jr. author of the book The Honest Broker: Making sense of science in policy and politics, explains on his blog,

“The defining characteristic of the honest broker is a desire to clarify, or sometimes to expand, the scope of options available for action.”

As part of the inaugural Community Engagement Fellow Program (CEFP) cohort, I have come to realize that these characteristics run deep in the small (but mighty) realm of scientific community managers (SCM).

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