1. Philosophy of practice – PES embedded in community
Develop a philosophy of practice that embeds informal science institutions in their communities to be active participants in community civic issues, because of their capabilities to convene and facilitate.

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PES has the potential to help address real community issues and science museums and other ISE organizations can play a valuable role in their communities that is different from their role in inspiring kids to learn about science. How can this potential be met?

  • Criteria to consider for PES to be community embedded, inclusive, egalitarian, (democratic)?
  • What are implications of positioning ISI as participants of a community of learners/actors?
  • ISIs serve and participate
  • ISIs are not at center but are a recognized component
  • Opening civic space - Libraries do it but how ISIs are differently/better at supporting or facilitating?
  • What are the issues in your community that science (and PES) support or inform?
  • What relationships do we want with our community?
  • Build enough relationships that eventually projects and efforts initiate from community.
  • What mechanisms would support civic relationships?
  • What expertise and knowledge does community have to share in PES effort?

WHAT
  • Philosophy of Practice
  • Informal Science Institutions can be embedded in their communities

WHY
  • To become essential to civic issues
  • To be active participants in the community
  • Because of their capabilities to convene and facilitate

HOW
  • Recognize expertise of all
  • Co-develop projects with community
  • Share ownership/formats for inclusivity
  • Community or personal relevance