Co-Director of BC Social Work’s Center for Social Innovation Professor Stephanie Berzin recently participated in a panel discussion at the 2014 “Crowds and Climate: From Ideas to Action” Conference on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The topic: how public behavior is shaped by the dominant values, social norms, and attitudes of our society, and how, too often these forces aren’t aligned to the long-term, often subtle impacts of climate change. Berzin’s co-panelists included representatives from Harvard’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism, the National Audubon Society, and nonprofit organization Mothers Out Front.
“The primary theme of our conversation surrounded engaging individuals, organizations, and communities for social change,” explains Berzin. “We discussed the importance of messaging and of creating shared goals, and we talked about how finding and uniting with unlikely partners on common goals can be important, even if the reasons we come to the table may differ. Creating alliances and support for an issue such as climate change can go a long way toward creating positive change.”
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