Wednesday 7
'Resilience is not an ideology' : Dialogue on methods and strategies for communicating resilience for sustainable development
Miriam Huitric
› 11:30 - 12:30 (1h)
Improving the application of science and democratic engagement: Communication in teams as complex systems
Bridie Mcgreavy  1, *@  , Laura Lindenfeld  1@  , Karen Hutchins  1@  , Linda Silka  1@  , Jessica Leahy  1@  , Bill Zoellick  2@  
1 : Maine's Sustainability Solutions Initiative  (meSSI)  -  Website
2 : Schoodic Education and Research Center Institute  (SERC)  -  Website
* : Corresponding author

Interdisciplinary collaboration and stakeholder engagement within sustainability science research teams intends to improve the application of science and democratic engagement with science in society. Communication dynamics among individuals on these teams influence how outcomes, such as use of and democracy within science, emerge across scales. This paper offers a systems-based approach to describe and improve communication in collaboration on sustainability science teams characterized by interdisciplinarity and public participation in science. Our communication systems framework focuses on rules and resources in social interactions that influence the degree, quality, and outcomes of collaboration. Our results, which draw from a two-year study of Maine's Sustainability Solutions Initiative, demonstrate that decision making, collective communication competencies, participant identities and motivations, and social learning influence mutual understanding, inclusion of diverse ideas, and progress towards sustainability-related goals. Recursivity paired with resilience shows how interactions create the seeds for social structure within individuals, teams, society and social-ecological systems. Attending to how rules and resources influence human interactions creates the conditions for intentional transformation across scales. 

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