Network of Networks – Coordinators & Leaders of Adaptation Groups
Climate adaptation networks are popping up across the country as practitioners, professionals, researchers, and interested citizens come together to take coordinated action based on common geographies or topical interests. Although groups vary in scope, size, and membership, there are still many commonalities to the experience of building and sustaining a climate adaptation network. Adaptation network conveners, coordinators and organizers (network leaders) face common challenges, such as communicating the complexities of climate change, network and community building, aligning messages across members, mobilizing action, managing logistics, sustaining institutional knowledge as members come and go, tracking projects and metrics of success, and evolving as needs and opportunities change.
We envision creating a “network of networks” – a community for those who coordinate and lead existing groups – to promote knowledge exchange and sharing of adaptation network-related lessons learned, professional development, and collaboration. This group is a space for network leaders to share ideas and benefit from a supportive community of peers. It is a mechanism to build capacity of coordinators through dissemination of best practices and learning from other networks’ successes and failures. Sharing can include both climate change adaptation content (such as ASAP’s Living Guide, climate communications guidance, or adaptation strategies) and network building or network science content (such as how to retain and connect network members). The group could also identify additional training needs or create new content or resources that might currently be lacking.
ASAP Network Coordinators Member Group Monthly Call Schedule:
Check the ASAP calendar for the monthly call time, and then join the Zoom meeting: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/943902141