The Role of Public Intellectuals in Cooperative Extension
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Shouldn't Extension experts, members of an organization that has always prided itself on providing impartial research-based information, share a place at the table with the nation’s leading public ...
Shouldn't Extension experts, members of an organization that has always prided itself on providing impartial research-based information, share a place at the table with the nation’s leading public intellectuals? We contend that establishing a core group of public intellectuals at both the state and national levels of discourse should be a core strategy in helping us separate our message from others in this enormously competitive information environment. As a moral obligation Extension educators at all levels have a responsibility, not only as scholars but as public servants, to help put highly complicated, even controversial issues, into sharper perspective on behalf of their clients with the goal of improving their lives. “…no scholar, historian or anyone else is — merely by being a scholar — ethically excused from their own circumstances. We are also participants in our own time and place and cannot retreat from it…” Extension educators are now struggling to navigate their way across an increasingly steep, jagged divide between techno-skeptics, who harbor a deep mistrust of technology and its long-term implications, and techies, who, despite some misgivings, generally believe that each technological advance ultimately works to secure a better life for all of us. With this refinement has come a clearer understanding of the environmental costs associated with scientific and techno Who is better equipped to serve the bridging the gap that exists in understanding environmental costs, benefits, and technological process.
There will be an increasing need for public intellectuals from many different disciplines within Extension to explain how this new farming model will be expressed and how it ultimately will affect them. Herein lies an enormous opportunity for Extension — an opportunity for profound organizational transformation. This presentation was conducted at Galaxy 2013. See page 5 for a more detailed explanation https://custom.cvent.com/18A6750208F1461A8000EA09BA931C3A/files/c9cdbf25833147d4ae232bab6a08ff47.pdf
Jim Langcuster and Anne Adrian were the presenters
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