Community Leaders

In community science, we start with your community’s priorities. Conversations, projects and actions are directed by local goals and objectives. Working together, we explore how Earth and space science can advance your priorities, and we design a project that can make a visible impact in 18 months or less. We match you with a volunteer scientist, chosen for their technical and collaborative skills, and we guide you through a process that produces results.

What does it mean to be a Thriving Earth Exchange community leader? 

As a community member, your work with Thriving Earth includes:

  • Getting to know your community and its priorities via a kick-off call
  • Identifying ways Earth and space science can add value to your priorities, whether that is environmental monitoring, coping with severe weather, preparing for hazards, or enhancing sustainability and resilience
  • Hosting a workshop with scientists and facilitators to design a 6-18 month project
  • Matching to a volunteer scientist, chosen for their technical, social, collaborative skills and their commitment to your project
  • Helping your project move from design to completion
  • Checking in monthly with project teams
  • Providing individualized mentoring and troubleshooting
  • Supporting preparation of a compelling project summary at the conclusion of the project
  • Identifying opportunities to share project results on a national and sometimes international stage

This process is personalized according to the needs of each community and project. Thriving Earth provides various ways to initiate new projects. As much as possible, we seek to connect different project teams together to share process and outcomes and transfer learning.

In order to get the most out of Thriving Earth, we ask each community to:

  • Designate a staff lead or representative to be the primary liaison with the scientist
    and Thriving Earth staff
  • Provide a letter of support from someone with fiduciary and personnel authority outlining their community’s commitment to the Thriving Earth process
  • Contribute in a strong, active role to all project activities for the duration of the collaboration
  • Maintain open communication with the Thriving Earth team
  • Identify and leverage opportunities to contribute community resources to the project and its implementation
  • Act as part of a cohort of Thriving Earth projects, and be willing to offer advice
    and experience to peer projects
  • Agree to prepare a project summary to be shared with other Thriving Earth projects, community leaders, and scientists

Launch Your Own Thriving Earth Exchange Project

Communities from around the work of any type and size are encouraged to submit a local issue and/or project idea related to natural hazards, natural resources, or climate change. Any community can start a Thriving Earth project. All we ask is that you commit the time and energy needed to work hand-in-hand with a volunteer scientist.

Participate in a Project Launch Workshop

Project launch workshops are regional or thematic events where community leaders and scientists work together to develop new Thriving Earth projects. They’re a great way to connect with your peers and explore how Earth science can advance your local priorities.

Join Community Science Connect

Community Science Connect is an online forum for communities, scientists and allies to share and discuss ideas and initiatives related to community science. Start a discussion, post a response or make new connections to build your network.

Spread the Word about Community Science

Tell your colleagues about Thriving Earth Exchange. Guest post on our blog. Tweet about #CommunityScience!