Geek Manifesto - go help
This post initially appeared on Science Blogs
Mark Henderson of The Times is embarking on (what I think is) a great project - highlighting the contribution that the science savvy can have and are having on public discourse. The intersection of science and politics is a growing interest of mine, though I don't have nearly as much credibility as many others around the blogosphere (but give me a break - I'm still in grad school). Go help him out, he wants to know
What are the best examples of geek activism, what have they achieved and what can we learn from them?
What else can geeks do to hold politicians and civil servants to account, and to promote better use of science in public contexts?
What are the best examples of bad practice, where poor use of evidence or poor awareness of the methods of science have led to policy failures?
Where have politicians and civil servants done well? Are there examples that could be emulated elsewhere?