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  • Welcome and thank you for your contributions and willingness to work together to build a strong ecosystem science plan for the future.My approach in this introductory section is to first run past you the material that we have put together to set the tone and inspire each group that meets as part of the consultation process. After that I will cover the specific goals of the activities and process we will be following today and the expected outcomes.So now setting the scene…
  • How do we want to achieve this? (inclusive, transparent process. ‘Grassroots’)Purpose of today: you are the ‘guinea pigs’ – so far this process has been stewarded along by us, but now it’s time to expand the circle of input. Want your ideas on content, but also in shaping the process to achieve what is needed
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    • 1. ESLTPAn open consultation process with the Australian ecosystem science community to develop a cohesive plan for the long-term future
    • 2. Setting the scene  What do we want from today?  What is the process so far and where to next?  How are we going to achieve our overall goals?  Preview some material being prepared for the open forum meetings Overview By the end of today we should have: - the first contributions of content for the plan and - shared understanding of the process for open consultation - beginnings of change for ecosystem science inAustralia
    • 3. Steering Committee Workshop Planning Team Wide engagement Expanding the sphere of input Image: Red Dome Group We want your ideas on content but also on shaping the process to achieve what is needed
    • 4. What do we want to achieve today? • Respect your expertise and willingness to contribute [listen to each other] • Productive use of this talented group [focus and engage] • Concrete outcomes from today [progress on process and content] • Collective actions for us all to implement [agreed commitment to work together]
    • 5. What do we want to achieve overall? 1. Cohesive vision and collective action 2. To set priorities for addressing themes: • human talent • infrastructure • research • resourcing into the future 3. To succeed in implementing improved outcomes for ecosystem science 4. Continuity for the long-term
    • 6. What products are we after? An enduring process for open consultation Short printed overview document (~10 pages) [external communication] Web site with extensive links to background evidence and rationale for the agreed directions [discipline communication] Successful launch of plan with wide support from ecosystem science community [one-stop-shop for any policy or funding agency to consult with]
    • 7. Typical concerns may be… What is the scope? How do we want to define ecosystem sciences for this purpose? Answer: this will emerge by people who engage & contribute - Input from feedback so far - 86 disciplines listed Bek will be sharing these with you later today
    • 8. What it is not… Just another report to gather dust List of specific research questions that an individual may want prioritised ‘Business as usual’ for engaging with a complex and broad set of inter-dependent disciplines comprising ecosystem science
    • 9. Now • Vigilence • Diminishing resources ESLTP • Collective efforts • Harmony promoting growth and productivity Long term • Decisive collective action • Respected and trusted discipline • Continuity of increased resources The vision for transforming Ecosystem Sciences in Australia
    • 10. How did we get to this point? National groups coming together to drive the process
    • 11. Where are we in the process? • Steering committee • Identify resources (TERN) • Launch website • Open call • Begin on-line survey Kick-starting the process • Refine process • Provide content • Commit to collective action • Identify champions for roles Planning workshop today • Summarise content • Revise survey • Plan “Town Halls” • Update website Post workshop Feb-Sept 2013 24 Sept2013 25 Sept 2013
    • 12. • Steering committee • Identify resources (TERN) • Launch website • Open call • Begin on-line survey Kick-starting the process • Refine process • Provide content • Commit to collective action • Identify champions for roles Planning workshop today • Summarise content • Revise survey • Plan “Town Halls”Post workshop Consulting Feb-Sept 2013 24 Sept 2013 25 Sept 2013 Planning
    • 13. Cycle of input from consultation phase Survey questions Summarise input Town Hall meeting Summary of content contributed Update ESLTP status document
    • 14. Draft plan Submissions from scientific groups Town Hall meeting contributions Ongoing survey input
    • 15. Plan for open consultation  Planning workshop  Open call for participation  Create process for every voice to be heard  On-line survey with ongoing reporting  “Town hall” meetings for face-to-face discussions  Written submissions from scientific groups  Regular updates of website reflecting on-going input  Circulate draft long-term plan for peer review  Revise and distribute final plan by agreed time-line
    • 16. Completing the plan by mid 2014 • Steeringcommittee • Identifyresources (TERN) • Launchwebsite • Open call • Begin on-line survey Kick- starting • Refineprocess • Providecontent • Committo collective action • Identifychampions Planning workshop • Content grows via meetings • On-going survey input • “status” ESLTPupdated • Websiteupdates • Working groups form Consulting cycle • Writingteams • Content edited • Web site updated • Plancirculated • Peer review feedback Draft Plan •Revisions •Final plan doc and process •Launch Final Plan Change ecosystem science Review outcomes START Feb 2013 Steering Committee work Workshop Sept 2013 EcoTas Nov 2013 Town Halls Feb-Mar 2014 Writing Mar-May 2014 2 months feedbac k Finalise plan mid 2014
    • 17. How do we earn the support of a diverse group? Open transparent engagement
    • 18. Some ideas on how to proceed  Turn self interest into collective action  Inclusive, cross-generational engagement  Relinquish need to control and dictate process and content  Listen and respond to constructive feedback  Provide clear leadership and direction but do not exert top-down control  Evaluate risks for each stage of the process and prepare alternate avenues to proceed
    • 19. Groups involved so far: