Monday, January 9, 2012

Volunteer to Participate in Discussion Workshops on Climate Change Communication

Greetings and Happy New Year!
The AMS Committee on Improving Climate Change Communication (CICCC), which is part of the Commission on the Weather and Climate Enterprise, is now recruiting volunteers to participate in a pair of discussion workshops to be held during the upcoming AMS Annual Meeting.
The workshops are scheduled for Sunday, 22 January, 1:00pm-4:00pm CST and Monday, 23 January, 1:30pm-4:30pm CST. The focus of each workshop is climate change communication in relation to the CICCC Charter and Mission to… 
“Facilitate communication among members of the weather, water, and climate community so as to foster greater understanding about strongly held but divergent views on climate change. This will be accomplished through various forums, including face-to-face meetings, for open and respectful dialogue of these diverging views.”
If you are interested in participating, please reply to this message (or send a separate e-mail to no later than 12 January indicating your preferred workshop session. Participants will be selected based on a first-come/first-serve basis given space limitations, and the selection process will be completed by the CICCC Co-Chairs.
The selection of volunteers will be made so as to gather from across the spectrum of views on climate change. We are seeking those who will creatively, actively, and constructively contribute to the dialogue and process of the workshops.
The format of the workshops will follow a “conflict resolution” model that has proven to be successful in stimulating productive discussion at a similar workshop at the AMS Broadcast Conference.  The workshop will be facilitated by George Mason University, which has previously collaborated with the AMS.
We thank you very much for your time and consideration and look forward to hearing from you very soon,
Ray Ban, Andrea Bleistein, and Paul Croft
CICCC Co-Chairs

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