Bringing values and deliberation to science communication

Author(s):

Thomas Dietz

Journal or Book Title: PNAS

Keywords: analytic deliberation; climate change; environmental decision making; trust in science

Volume/Issue: Early Edition

Year Published: 2013

Abstract:

Decisions always involve both facts and values, whereas most science communication focuses only on facts. If science communication is intended to inform decisions, it must be competent with regard to both facts and values. Public participation inevitably involves both facts and values. Research on public participation suggests that linking scientiļ¬c analysis to public deliberation in an iterative process can help decision making deal effectively with both facts and values. Thus, linked analysis and deliberation can be an effective tool for science communication. However, challenges remain in conducting such process at the national and global scales, in enhancing trust, and in reconciling diverse values.

DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1212740110

Type of Publication: Journal Article

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