We Are Still In: The political and practical potential of non-state actor collaboration in Salon 6
14:45 - 16:15
This session will draw upon learning from the emerging case of We Are Still In, a network of non-state actors and supporting NGOs in the United States. We Are Still In emerged as a network of networks representing local governments, business, states, and academia in response to the U.S. Federal Government’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. The inaction and opposition to address climate change from the Federal Government has created a new imperative that these sectors, particularly cities, do more. Without a supportive legislative environment or significant resources from the national government, U.S. cities must form new partnerships to fill the knowledge, policy, and financial gaps.
New understanding in information science and social science can be derived from the collaboration of cities and non-state actors. These stakeholders need to understand what are the right questions to ask of the scientific community. They need to be able to apply research findings from resources accessible to policy-makers and practitioners. This diverse panel will present a bold new platform for multi-stakeholder collaboration; new case studies and a framework to be examined by scientific analysis on enabling environments and transformative action; and help guide the development of scientific research with applied potential in cities around these topics.