The i2Insights Ambassadors program acknowledges those who champion the blog and highlights ways supporters can help the blog achieve its aims.
i2Insights Ambassadors help the blog expand its reach so that the exchange, discussion, network building and knowledge bank become truly global and comprehensive efforts. Our aim is to have a vibrant community of contributors in every country.
If you are interested in becoming an i2Insights Ambassador, do contact us.
Meet our i2Insights Ambassadors
Ulli brokered the production of the following blog post: 'Setting an agenda for transdisciplinary research in Africa by Basirat Oyalowo
With BinBin’s encouragement three of her students produced the following blog post: 'Six lessons from students about transdisciplinary learning' by Irina Dallo, Jan Freihardt and Juanita von Rothkirch.
How i2Insights Ambassadors can help the blog
We particularly need help to achieve:
- a global community
- Important research tackling complex societal and environmental problems is happening in almost all countries. New tools are often developed and existing ones adapted to be effective in local circumstances. We can all benefit from learning about these innovations and adaptations.
- We need help in recruiting authors, commentators and viewers from countries that are not represented or are under-represented.
- We need help fostering interaction within the blog community, especially discussion of blog posts using the commenting function, and also in imaginative new ways.
- comprehensive coverage of topics that are key to research integration and implementation
- The blog encompasses fourteen main topics, but coverage is uneven. By clicking on “categories” in the right hand column, you can see how many posts there for each main topic.
- We need help in attracting blog posts covering under-represented main topics at introductory, intermediate and advanced levels.
Examples of ways that Ambassadors can amplify the impact of the work presented in the i2Insights blog, include:
- Encouraging colleagues to pitch their ideas for blog posts
- Suggesting researchers for us to approach, along with topics they can cover
- Encouraging colleagues to comment on blog posts relevant to their interests
- Letting others know about the blog through talks and social media
- Running additional social media channels for advertising the blog (we currently use Twitter and LinkedIn), eg., Facebook
- Organising podcasts of blog posts
- Organising discussions around blog posts
- Helping us cement our existing partnerships with the journals GAIA and Evidence and Policy and organising partnerships with additional journals.
We welcome new imaginative ideas and actions that you would like to implement.
How being an i2Insights Ambassador can help you
Being an i2Insights Ambassador would ideally be a win-win for you and the blog. We see at least four opportunities for i2Insights Ambassadors:
- Leveraging or building on activities you already undertake, for example, finding suitable blog post authors and topics in journals you read, referring to work from blog posts in talks you give and highlighting blog posts in social media you are active in.
- Gaining experience or skills in areas of interest, such as learning to run discussions, strengthening your social media presence, learning how to organise podcasts.
- Building your networks. The blog has a wide range of contributors at all academic levels from university executives to graduate students. Helping us build the community can also help you build your networks.
- Expanding your knowledge of tools. The blog aims to be comprehensive in its coverage of resources for research tackling complex societal and environmental problems. If you are interested in a particular topic, you can help identify and recruit the best people to produce blog posts about it.