Expertise beyond the silo in areas of public interest
There’s some interesting discussion going on in the LinkedIn Dundee IHP-HELP UNESCO Centre Group just now.
The Dundee UNESCO Centre is concerned with professional fields such as water law, and some of us have been discussing the role of the ‘Expert’ in bringing this critical issue more into the public eye.
In my view, experts in issues of serious – in this case, momentous – public interest need to be more than technical consultants and sources of knowledge; they need (collectively) to be thought leaders as well.
For some practitioners this is an unwelcome proposition. Matters of commercial confidentiality, limited wider view, academic reputation and competence as a public communicator are cited, as of course is the question of whether politicians and other decision-makers will hear, let alone accept, expert opinion.
But to me these are the central issues.
* Is it part of the generic professional ‘job spec’ of experts in areas of great public interest, that they should have a thought leadership role?
* And, if so, what can non-experts do to enable this role to be carried out competently?
Posted on October 15, 2010, in Questions and tagged Evidence~research, Knowledge, Leadership, Politics, Practitioners~professionals, Public interest, Science~technology. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.