Know your audience: influencing the American public on climate change
Climate change poses a fundamental threat as more frequent and intense droughts, storms, heat waves, rising sea levels, melting glaciers and warming oceans can directly harm animals, destroy the places they live, and wreak havoc on people’s livelihoods and communities. One of the biggest challenges is engaging the American public in taking action on climate and getting involved to influence policy. In this seminar leading experts will discuss the science behind changing behaviors, what influences voters, and what works to engage people in policy through advocacy.
Who: Dr. Elke Weber, Dr. Matt Barreto, and Molly Rauch. Moderated by Marcia Marsh
When: October 16, 2014 at 4:30 pm
Where: 1250 24th St NW, 2nd floor conference center
Matt Barreto, Co-Founder, Latino Decisions
Matt A. Barreto is an Associate Professor in political science at the University of Washington, Seattle and the director of the Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (WISER). He is also the director of the annual Washington Poll. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Irvine in 2005. His research examines the political participation of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States and his work has been published in the American Political Science Review, Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly, and other peer reviewed journals. He is the author of the book, Ethnic Cues: The role of shared ethnicity in Latino political participation published by the University of Michigan Press in 2010, and has just finished a book manuscript co-authored with Prof. Christopher Parker, Change They Can't Believe In: the Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America, to be published in 2013 with Princeton University Press.
Molly Rauch, Public Health Policy and Outreach Manager, Moms Clean Air Force
Molly Rauch (@mollyrauch) is Public Health Policy and Outreach Manager for Moms Clean Air Force, where she organizes moms to take action on air pollution and health. Her writing has appeared in Huffington Post and The Green Guide, among other publications, and she has authored reports on coal and clean air for Physicians for Social Responsibility. A native New Yorker, she holds a masters degree in public health from Columbia University, where she studied epidemiology.
Dr. Elke Weber, Jerome A. Chazen Professor of International Business; Professor of Psychology, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
Professor Weber works at the intersection of psychology and economics. She is an expert on behavioral models of judgment and decision making under risk and uncertainty. Recently she has been investigating psychologically appropriate ways to measure and model individual and cultural differences in risk taking, specifically in risky financial situations and environmental decision making and policy. Weber is past president of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, coeditor of Risk Decision & Policy and associate editor of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. She serves on the editorial boards of two other journals, on the executive councils of INFORMS's Decision Analysis Society and the Society for Mathematical Psychology and on an advisory committee of the National Academy of Sciences on Human Dimensions in Global Change.
Marcia Marsh, Chief Operating Officer, World Wildlife Fund
Known worldwide by its panda logo, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) works in more than 100 countries around the globe to conserve the diversity of life. At WWF, Marcia is responsible for the execution of the organization’s strategy. She also serves as our lead change manager helping to align all of our people, processes and technology with our ambitious new strategy.
Prior to joining WWF, Marcia served in a number of important leadership roles from Vice President of Government Transformation at the Partnership for Public Service, Practice Leader for Integrated Solutions and International Consulting for Watson Wyatt Worldwide and partner with Price Waterhouse’s Global Human Resource Solutions business. She has 26 years of general business and human capital consulting experience focusing on helping complex organizations achieve their business strategies. In the public sector, her efforts included building creative partnerships between private sector executives, government leaders, good government organizations and academics to provide innovative solutions to critical government management challenges.