[Coral-List] Special Coral Reef Communication Workshop

Bruno, John jbruno at unc.edu
Mon Sep 21 17:57:45 UTC 2020

To second Peter Sale's point: I also strongly endorse the ABT training course Dr Randy Olson is offering through NOVA.

If we scientists weren't such terrible communicators, we might be more successful in convincing the public, policy makers, funders, etc about climate, pollution, etc. Luckily Randy has the discovered the solution! His ABT training is essential for scientists and science communicators. Iv'e read his books and sat in on his ABT workshop and its both fun and incredibly effective. It changed the way I speak, teach, and write. Therefore, you should sign up!


John Bruno
Professor, Dept of Biology
UNC Chapel Hill
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The ABT Framework has helped me and lots of others become better at telling the stories of our research.  And Randy Olson produces a great course.

As Steve wrote in his recent post here:
"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 to 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.

"If you want to participate, please send an application to Dr. Steven Miller (smiller at nova.edu<mailto: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 at https://realizingpotential.nova.edu/give/index.html and 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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