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A Conversation with Supercommunicator Frank Pietrucha

June 20, 2014 // 2:00pm3:15pm
Event Co-sponsors: 
Environmental Change and Security Program
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Public Engagement in an Age of Complexity, a new project of the Science & Technology Innovation Project (STIP) at the Wilson Center, is proud to host Frank J. Pietrucha, author of Supercommunicator: Explaining the Complicated So Anyone Can Understand. The conversation, which will be the Public Engagement project’s inaugural event, will focus on how to better explain complex scientific and technological concepts to a non-specialized audience.

“Modeled after the Greek god Hermes who translated messages from Mount Olympus to earth-bound mortals, supercommunicators serve the critical function of de-geeking challenging concepts,” Pietrucha writes. “It’s important for folks with hard-to-understand ideas to come down from the heavens and speak to the rest of us in a language that’s meaningful.”

Pietrucha will draw on his experiences working with engineers, scientists, economists and lawyers and clients like George Washington University, the International Intellectual Property Institute and NASA’s Ames Research Center.   

David Rejeski, director of STIP, will conduct the interview, allowing time for audience questions. The event will be include insights for agency public information officers, as well as the greater challenges facing anyone seeking to explain complex concepts to a mass audience.

Copies of Supercommunicator: Explaining the Complicated So Anyone Can Understand will be available for sale at the event.  

Location: 
6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
 
Event Speakers List: 
  • David Rejeski // Director, Science and Technology Innovation Program; Interim Director, Commons Lab
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Experts & Staff

  • David Rejeski // Director, Science and Technology Innovation Program; Interim Director, Commons Lab
  • Todd Kuiken, Ph.D. // Senior Program Associate, Science and Technology Innovation Program
  • Aaron Lovell // Writer/Editor/Program Manager, Science and Technology Innovation Program
  • Eleonore Pauwels // Program Associate/Researcher, Science and Technology Innovation Program
  • Anne Bowser // Researcher, Data Science and Visualization, Science and Technology Innovation Program
  • Elizabeth Tyson // New Projects/Technology Scout, Science and Technology Innovation Program
  • Sharon Weinberger // Global Fellow
  • Piers Millett // Global Fellow

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