How do we create opportunities for personal experiences with scientific thinking? How can we stimulate curiosity and use it to change the way people frame ideas and think about them? How can we engage people in thinking about complex ideas without resorting to oversimplification?
I will propose and discuss answers to these questions. I will illustrate my points with notes from two current studies I am conducting with my colleagues. One is a look at approaches to engaging people in diverse communities in actions supporting global sustainability. The second is based on preliminary results from our study of communication between fishermen; environmental groups; and scientists in the Baltic Sea region.