About Thriving Earth Exchange

Our Mission

Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX) helps volunteer scientists and community leaders work together to use science, especially Earth and space science, to tackle community issues and advance local priorities related to natural hazards, natural resources, and climate change. By 2019, Thriving Earth Exchange will launch 100 partnerships, engage over 100 AGU members, catalyze 100 shareable solutions, and improve the lives of 10 million people. Through the Thriving Earth Exchange, local leaders and Earth and space scientists will create resilient communities that enrich the Earth. Working together, we will create solutions for the planet, one community at a time.

 

Understanding Community Science

 

Local Priorities

In community science, we start with the things communities want to tackle. Conversations, projects and actions are directed by local priorities, values and goals. Local context and priorities are the basis for determining the most relevant science skills to bring to a project to make an impact. 

Collaboration

Community science depends on combining expertise from within and outside of science. TEX brings Earth and space scientists to the same table as local experts and regional leaders. Through such collaborations, both science and local knowledge are brought to bear to make communities safer, healthier, and more resilient. 

Concrete Impact

Community science produces local impact and will result in a physical, institutional, or knowledge-based change in the community. Community science has ripple effects: it can change the ways scientists approach research, alter public perception of science, and generate solutions that can be shared by many different communities.