Nodes of Science has many groups in its network and some people might not know some of the reasons for these communities. This piece communicates a few of the intentions and motivations for the Nodes of Science.
“I wanted to be one of those people. I didn’t have the knowledge base that these people had, but I had the desire, and willingness to do hard work, so I jumped on board as a moderator, and started doing my part to help communicate science. It’s only been a year or two, but I’ve already grown, and the future looks bright. Whether I’m seeking out articles to bring to people for discussion, joining in on discussions to ask different questions, bringing evidence to help support or refute claims, searching for new tools and resources, or trying to contact professionals to help join the cause, I really love what I’m doing. It’s fulfilling, and it helps me in so many ways.” ~Ken Wood
“GM corn is corn. It really is just corn. It is totally not at all surprising that it behaves exactly like corn, because it is exactly just like corn, owing to the fact that it is corn.” ~ Marc Brazeau
I’ve realised the harm that comes from being uncritical. That those who aren’t speaking from a position of knowledge or education CAN hurt my family — by not vaccinating their children, by controlling what is taught in schools, and by influencing federal governments on environmental, agricultural and corporate amendments to bills. ~Julie Mellor-Trupp
Nodes of Science thrives on the idea of sharing a diversity of voices. One of our most important goals is to become a platform upon which people can gain confidence to share their perspectives. To us, that means creating spaces where scientists and other experts can share their knowledge in an open atmosphere, but it also means working with people to help them find their own voices. Academic expertise is valuable to us, but so are the experiences of people just starting to become involved in public science issues. Share your story with us and we’ll share your experience with everyone.