SAFS Bevan Series Guest Lecture: “Stories and Sense-Making – How Human Minds Fish for Meaning”, Liz Neeley, The Story Collider

One story tells the tale of overexploitation, ecosystem destruction and an industry bent on short-term profit over long-term stewardship. The other showcases well-managed fisheries delivering products that are healthier and more sustainable than land-based animal protein. Which story do you choose? And how can you weave your own work into the next installment?
Join us Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in the Fishery Auditorium for the final installment of the Winter 2018 Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries as Story Collider Executive Director Liz Neeley takes the stage to show us the power, and possibility, of fish tales.
To schedule a meeting with the speaker on Thursday or Friday, email with your availability.
If you missed Dr. William Cheung’s talk, you can find it here.
Liz Neeley
The Story Collider
Stories and Sense-Making — How Human Minds Fish for Meaning
In the 2018 Bevan series, speakers grapple with the uncertainties and complexities of sustainable fisheries in a changing climate. Although we call it “fisheries management”, it is most frequently the attempt to manage human beliefs and human behaviors. Fortunately, we have rich theoretical and empirical foundations for both conceptualizing and approaching these challenges. We know that data are essential but insufficient on their own. We know that people make sense of the world around them, and make decisions about their actions, through narrative. We know that internalized stories shape policymaking and media frames, as well as influencing technological innovation, market dynamics, and even the interpretation of new biological data. The question is, what will we do with this knowledge? This talk will explore research on storytelling and persuasion, and critically consider how and why busy fisheries biologists might approach adding something like “narrative competency” to their repertoire.
Speaker Biography:
Liz Neeley is the Executive Director of The Story Collider. In live shows across the country, a weekly podcast, and intensive workshops, The Story Collider is dedicated to producing true, personal stories about science. After a decade of work in ocean conservation and science communication, Liz wanted to more deeply explore the performance and substance of narratives. From 2008 to 2015, she worked as the Assistant Director of Science Outreach for COMPASS, and was affiliate staff at The University of Washington during that time. Before that, she worked on locally-managed marine conservation in Fiji and Papua New Guinea, and on international trade policies for deep-sea corals. Her approach to communication is influenced by her graduate research at Boston University on the evolution of visual communication systems in tropical reef fishes. She was on the advisory board of the CommLab at MIT 2015-2017, and is currently sits on the Advisory Council of Ensia magazine, and holds a Lecturer appointment at Yale University. She is a contributing author to Science Blogging: The Essential Guide (2016), Effective Risk Communication (2015), and Escape From the Ivory Tower (2010). Find her on twitter at @LizNeeley.