Posted by: COSI | July 14, 2008

What the heck is 5SCWC??

In the US we tend to have an American-centric view of the world and it’s issues. That’s why I found it very enlightening to attend my first Science Center World Congress, the fifth one, (there—that’s the code for the cryptic 5SCWC that confused me for some time when I was getting unsolicited e-mail).

Science center professionals around the world convened in Toronto and looked hard as to how each of us can make a difference in our own communities and how we collectively as a worldwide science center community can make a positive global impact. There are so many issues facing our world population—and so many of them are aided with at least an understanding of the basic science (e.g. world’s oceans warm, they expand, the expansion causes their level to rise and cover more land—including inundating low lying islands in our oceans and their people).

And solutions are hoped to take advantage of at least basic science and technology (basic vaccination is eradicating world diseases like polio) or more advanced technology (fuel cells as the new power source for cars with absolutely no harmful emissions).

Some of this is driving us at COSI to figure out how to add more awareness, understanding, and action options for our visitors in addition to our successful ways to engage people with the fascination and compelling nature of science.

At the Congress, science center colleagues challenged each other, shared information on topics such as how global warming is impacting their communities, and generally displayed the potential power humans can have when we transcend our political and geographic divisions.

If you’re interested in what we have staked out for our contribution to the world society, and get inside some of the powerful talks and thoughts, go to this page and at least download and take a quick look at the Toronto Declaration.

Makes me proud to be in the field I’ve chosen and leading an organization as well respected internationally as COSI—but it also means we’re looked to for an increasing leadership role not just in central Ohio, but in connecting our efforts to others. In the end, I will do my best to make sure the COSI team helps to make a difference.

Check out this video about the Science Center World Congress:



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