[Coral-List] Special Coral Reef Communication Workshop

Steven Miller smiller52 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 17 13:52:42 UTC 2020

Coral Reef ABT (And, But, Therefore) Framework Course Announcement

Tired of having the media distort your research or message? If you can get the narrative structure right for your content, then there's a much better chance the media won't rework it, and that everyone will understand what you're talking about. The solution lies in the ABT narrative structure. The ABT Framework is the essential element for organizing not just your media message, but also the narrative of proposals, presentations, research papers, entire projects, and campaigns.

Over the past decade, Dr. Randy Olson has developed the ABT Framework to address the communication challenge, AND his new ABT Framework course is so popular that it's over-booked. BUT given his former career as a coral reef ecologist (he was a tenured professor) he's eager to offer a round of the course, specially for the coral reef community. THEREFORE, funding for 30 participants is available thanks to Nova Southeastern University’s Halmos College of Arts and Sciences and the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Research Center.

The course is online and open to graduate students, professors, NGO professionals, government scientists, and policymakers whose work involves coral reefs. The course includes ten one-hour sessions and Working Circles exercises that apply the ABT tools to participant projects. Active participation is required. The course will be offered M-W-F (1600 -1700 EST) November 2 – 23, 2020. The first half of each hour is a presentation. The second half is interactive with Dr. Olson as he works individually with participants on the ABT Build Process to help strengthen your narratives.

You can learn more about the ABT framework by viewing the YouTube video prepared in partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ungl-jozHLA).<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.youtube.com/watch?v=ungl-jozHLA__;!!LIr3w8kk_Xxm!5VzuGZOSuQiFwie-_x8ENSaUWpLfPaCEtTWQgFOtiatwKy8TGUrp1PuBTf8A5Q$>

If you want to participate, please send an application to Dr. Steven Miller (smiller at nova.edu<mailto:smiller at nova.edu>) by October 9, 2020. Space is limited. Please include the following information in a PDF document:

  *   Name
  *   Affiliation (graduate students, please include the name of your major professor)
  *   Address
  *   Email
  *   Telephone Number
  *   Include a short one-paragraph explanation about why you want to take the ABT Narrative Template Course.

While the course is free if your application is accepted, a tax-deductible donation of $100 or $200 is appreciated - but is not required. Please donate online athttps://realizingpotential.nova.edu/give/index.htmland select the Halmos College. In the Comments Section, please add that the donation is for the Coral Reef ABT Framework Course.

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