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Communication and Mobilization Strategies for GCBRs

The Center is developing a common language that affirms Global Catastrophic Biological Risks (GCBR) as a legitimate object of concern, a foundation necessary to move the field forward and mobilize allies.

To name and frame the problem of GCBRs, the Center’s project team will interview an interdisciplinary group of thought leaders about GCBR attributes and impacts, opportunities for intervention, and challenges in communicating these details. The team will perform a literature review and interview more subject-matter experts to derive lessons learned from other times in history when communities needed to be alerted to the possibility of an existential threat. With these inputs, the team will engage an international roundtable of experts to articulate a communication strategy to guide the emerging field of GCBR reduction.

The project team will then draft recommendations on how to communicate about GCBRs in ways that catalyze action by influencers, policymakers, and the public. A plausible and persuasive argument about GCBRs can help motivate previously agnostic or unconvinced audiences to learn more and to work toward finding solutions.

Project team lead: Monica Schoch-Spana, PhD

Project team: Diane Myer, RN, MPH; Sanjana Ravi, MPH; Michael Snyder, MALD; Christopher Hurtado, MHS; and Kirsten Moore-Sheeley

Project supported by: Open Philanthropy Project

Resources: Final report

Date completed: March 2019



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