Topics: Citizen Engagement, Civics 101, Citizen Science, Global Citizens Club
On this episode of Solutions News we focus on Citizen Engagement. We are thrilled to welcome our guest, psychologist, educator and environmental advocate, Stacy Pulice. We take a look at how citizen scientists are helping advance humanity’s knowledge. From working with NASA to identify extra-terrestrial planets, to counting larvae of some of the rarest pollinators - some of the most important science these days is being done by passionate volunteers. We discuss civics education, needed to bring civility back into the public square, and highlight the power of participating - and how an informed and active citizenry can change the course of history. There are also some great “didyaknows”!
Story #1: Civics 101 - With the 4th of July in our rearview mirror, it is important to address the understanding of civics in our society. It is clear that our country is more politically divided than ever, and this could very well foster a negative future. But every big problem must have a solution. Much of the problem can be solved in the classroom by teaching students and young minds civility and the necessary skills for civic engagement. Young people must learn to be leaders of the country’s future, even in times of disagreement and opposing views.
Story #2: Citizen Scientists - Perhaps one our greatest powers at citizens is our ability to think and problem solve regardless of our societal standing. Science has been done for centuries by people without lab coats and goggles—by citizens. Citizens are becoming increasingly important in making discoveries that benefit our kind. Citizen science has become a great way to get people involved all while obtaining more information than we thought possible. There are now even financial incentives to get everyday people involved with scientific research, which makes it clear that the government does in fact need our help.
Moonwatch is a great example of effective citizen science.
Story #3: Global Citizens Club - In 2018, the World Business Academy formed the Global Citizens Club to inspire “Think[ing] Globally” and “Act[ing] Locally.” The club brings together community members to address social, economic, and environmental issues in the Santa Barbara area. After being struck by horrific fires and mudslides that destroyed the Montecito area, the Global Citizens Club deemed resiliency as its series theme. The ongoing panel discussions are working to build awareness in the community and promote innovative solutions to the most pressing issues.
For more information on the Global Citizens Club, click here.
Can civics education help repair American Democracy?
As a psychologist, educator, author, and speaker, Stacy Pulice, Ph.D. is committed to creating a collective awakening and a heroic response to the climate emergency. Having spent over 20 years advocating for a more humanistic approach to education systems, her current work explores the connections between education and environmentalism, and the role of mindfulness and empathy in shaping a more sustainable world. Among numerous projects she has launched and led with a focus on fostering emotional intelligence in the classroom, she is the founder of Wisdom of the Fool, a 501C3 aiming to nurture the physical and emotional wholeness of educators and students; the educational consultant on the board of AHA!, a non-profit providing social and emotional learning programs for at-risk teens; and the Chair of the Education Committee for the USC Civic Engagement Board of Councilors. In her latest book, Listen to the Children, Stacy shows that children thrive when educated from a life- and soul-affirming perspective, using the innovative practices identified as the 4 C’s: Care, Connection, Community, and Choice. Applied to environmental advocacy, the 4 C’s are a means of promoting climate truth and fostering positive action in service of planetary healing.
Stacy Pulice, Our Guest on July 5, 2019