Storytelling Workshop for Ocean Observatory Systems (OOS) Professionals
Presented by COSEE NOW and NSF
When: January 8-9, 2009
Where: Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, MD
What: Join us for a 1.5 day retreat experience designed to help explore, share, and learn how to connect with public audiences about the ocean and ocean observing systems (OOS). We will learn from experts about using storytelling as a powerful communication tool. This retreat will be an important professional development opportunity and chance to link with others in the OOS communication and education field. This workshop will be an opportunity to join the first professional online social network for the OOS community, sponsored by the Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence Networked Ocean World’s (COSEE NOW). Don’t miss it.
Homework #1 : Please come up with 2-3 short story ideas based on your work – events you have participated in, witnessed or simply heard about – and send them in before the workshop.
Homework #2 : Please review the list of Charrette Visualization Challenges and related science resources and data visualization examples and think about which topic/questions interest you most.
Registration is now closed. Please make sure you’re included on the map below.
Who should attend?
Educators, media specialists, and/or scientists involved in the Integrated Ocean Observing Systems (IOOS) network or in the National Science Foundation funded OOI. We encourage teams of staff/scientists from each Regional Association, science group, etc. We welcome participation of the Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE) or other science/education groups working closely with OOS.
Application and Cost
The workshop is free and sponsored by COSEE NOW. It also will include breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks. In exchange for free tuition, COSEE NOW requires the following:
- Join the membership of the COSEE NOW network by posting a professional profile of yourself
- post your story on our website (www.coseenow.net)
- participate in two online sessions (January 27 and 29, 2009, one hour each)
- participation in a post workshop online forum on strategic communication for OOS
Your costs will be your travel, including airfare, hotel fees and dinner meals.
A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at the Brookshire Suites at a rate of $139/night. Please call 1-866-583-4162 to make your reservations. The group code is 471563. There are only 25 rooms on the block so call soon!
The Harbor Court Hotel is located across the street from the Science Center and has a parking garage convenient to the Science Center. The Sheraton is also conveniently located and is a second option for overnight accomodations.Space limited to 35 people first come first served. Please register today.
More about Storytelling as a Best Practice
Andy Goodman is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and consultant in the field of public interest communication. In this portion of the workshop we will explore:
- What are the four factors that make narrative the most powerful form of human communication?
- How do stories compare with data when it comes to convincing an audience?
- What are the key structural elements and qualities of a well-crafted story?
- How can you use stories to enhance your work on a day-to-day basis?
- How can you build a storytelling culture in your organization so that everyone will use this tool effectively?
At the end of this session, you will have a 750 word “story” to share about your OOS work. We will follow up with two online sessions January 27 and 29 (2:00 pm- 3 pm EST) on strategic communication. In this age of “Too much information” we will discuss how we can connect with our audiences and improve our ability to deliver our OOS educational messages. To learn more about this portion of the workshop, please review Storytelling as a Best Practice and check out the presentation on Andy’s methodology.