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02/28/2017

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Harsha Maragh

I completely agree with your post. Coproduction of climate knowledge is something that we need presently with the increased amount of stakeholders involved. The only way to include everyone’s perspective into an environmental issue is to create useful dialogue. One other method that we learned about in “Collaboration” that involves coproduction is the joint fact finding (JFF) process. This is when experts, decision makers and stakeholders from opposing sides get together to form a common knowledge base and facts that can be agreed upon. This process can be time consuming and expensive and can be difficult to use when there are power imbalances. I think that in general, coproduction processes are difficult but are necessary.

Carly Snider

Great post, Alec and insights Harsha! Similarly, in my blog post, I discussed the communication gap in science and policy especially concerning underrepresented stakeholders involvement in the decision-making process. This idea of a joint fact-finding (JFF) process, was foreign to me but I am really interested in learning more about this process. In the policy realm, we discussed the process of negotiated rulemaking or regulatory negotiation. This process involves bring together affected stakeholder groups (business, organizations, underserved communities), government agency, and a neutral facilitator to build a decision on a new regulation that is based on common ground/understanding. This process is comparable to joint fact finding (JFF) process as it cannot withstand power imbalances resulting in silencing or underrepresenting various stakeholders. Bringing this back to the week's readings, developing interdisciplinary research is an important step in helping address power structures, however empowering stakeholders to have continuous involvement in decision making and policy change is even more crucial.

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