Today I’m sitting in the RiAus housed in the Old Stock Exchange Building in Adelaide for the inaugural media140 sciencerewired conference. The meeting aims to promote public engagement in science through digital and social technologies across science education, science communication and citizen science.
Amongst the impressive line-up of Australian presenters, I was thrilled to witness this morning’s skype presentation by scienceonline‘s Bora Zivkovic. Bora presented an abridged history of science blogging and communication, and discussed how issues of trust determine how we chose what we read and view online.
Bora also mentioned a few seeds of wisdom from Robert Krulwich (presenter and blogger at NPR’s Radiolab). In the small, highly refined world of science writing and communication, we can’t afford to be ripping each others throats out in competition. Instead, we need to practice ‘horizontal loyalty’ and seek out ‘friends in low places’. I’ve tracked down the speech, it’s a great read and I highly recommend it. Here are the relevant selected paragraphs:
‘….think about getting together with friends that you admire, or envy. Think about entrepeneuring. Think about NOT waiting for a company to call you up. Think about not giving your heart to a bunch of adults you don’t know. Think about horizontal loyalty. Think about turning to people you already know, who are your friends, or friends of their friends and making something that makes sense to you together, that is as beautiful or as true as you can make it.’
‘And maybe, for your generation, the Trojan Horse is what you’ve got, your talent, backed by a legion of friends. Not friends in high places. This is the era of Friends in Low Places. The ones you meet now, who will notice you, challenge you, work with you, and watch your back. Maybe they will be your strength.’
I’ll blog more on the conference in the coming days.