Research + Experimentation 9 Convening

Time: Tuesday, May 18 to Thursday, May 20
Each day runs from 12pm-5pm ET/9am-2pm PT with additional keynote sessions and social events each evening

Climate Advocacy Lab’s Research + Experimentation 9 Convening

Image credit: Shane Lukas

If you're unfamiliar with R+Es, we convene them to...

  • Share what we as a community are learning (public opinion research, all types of messaging tests, randomized controlled experiments, case studies, etc.)
  • Dig into how research might help answer some of the big questions facing our movement
  • Continue to deepen relationships and trust, especially as we seek to make the space more inclusive
  • Grow this community of practice together around values of discovery, collaboration, justice, and joyfulness

In other words, register to learn how we can engage the public on climate change more effectively, more efficiently, at scale, and through deeper relationships with movement partners and future collaborators. So join us for three days of learning, conversations, and community-building that will recharge your spirits and inspire you to up your climate engagement game!



All times in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4:00)

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

12:00pm-12:30pm: Welcome, Introductions, Expectations, Day 1 plan

12:30pm-1:30pm: Panel 1 – State of the climate movement 2021

1:30pm-2:30pm: Panel 2 – 2020 election debrief

2:30pm-3:00pm: BREAK

3:00pm-4:30pm: Discussion groups (notes here)

4:30pm-5:00pm: Day 1 wrap-up and closing

7:00pm-8:30pm: Keynote session

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

12:00pm-12:30pm: Welcome, Introductions, Expectations, Day 2 plan

12:30pm-1:30pm: Panel 3 – Communications and narrative strategy

1:30pm-2:30pm: Panel 4 – Advances in digital and social media advocacy

2:30pm-3:00pm: BREAK

3:00pm-4:00pm: Panel 5 – The environmental justice-labor-climate nexus

4:00pm-5:00pm: Panel 6 – Data tools for organizing

8:00pm-9:30pm: Virtual happy hour

Thursday, May 20, 2021

12:00pm-12:30pm: Welcome, Introductions, Expectations, Day 3 plan

12:30pm-1:30pm: Panel 7 – Policymaker contact

1:30pm-2:30pm: Panel 8 – Organizational operations and engagement

2:30pm-3:00pm: BREAK

3:00pm-4:30pm: Discussion groups (notes here)

4:30pm-5:00pm: Day 3 wrap-up and closing

7:00pm-8:30pm: Keynote session


Discussion groups

Tuesday, May 18 (notes here)

Topic Description Lead
Coalition-building   Michael Brown
Building equity into our work How can climate organizations build equity and dismantle white supremacy culture in our orgs, campaigns, and work? Scott Kalota
Polling in audience-based campaigning This discussion group will focus on how to leverage the glut of polling and survey data to inform everyday organizing work and other day-to-day climate advocacy efforts. David Gold
Ethical storytelling in advocacy work Best practices for ethical research. Findings on storytelling and advocacy. How to ethically/equitably gather & share stories Claudia Davis
Combating climate disinformation Recent and ongoing disinformation campaigns, particularly on social media, have given addressing the problem new urgency. Discuss what we know works, how to put that into practice, and what we still need to figure out Justin Rolfe-Redding


Thursday, May 20 (notes here)

Topic Description Lead
Faith-based climate mobilization Join us to hear some about some of the work faith-based groups are doing and share about your work mobilizing and engaging people of faith. Tiffany Hartung
Co-creating Equitable Built Environment/Infrastructure: Indicators & Implementation Are there measurable equity indicators in the development, design & construction, and occupancy/use of the built environment ? Alice Sung
Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC) partner reunion An opportunity to convene YPCCC users to get feedback and brainstorm ideas Joshua Low
Organizing traditions within the left This discussion group will cover differences among different organizing traditions and how organizations navigate building power from explicit or implicit claims about what their organizing methodology is. Nicole Ektnitphong
Deep canvassing in the climate movement We will discuss what is deep canvassing, script iteration, scaling with volunteers, barriers and learnings to overcome polarization with the mushy middle of voters, and reinforcing & amplifying learnings in communications. Montana Burgess
What don't we know? Top research questions in climate advocacy Join a discussion on where research is needed improve climate advocacy, and what kinds of resources, projects and collaborations are needed to deliver the knowledge to engage more communities, improve our organizing, inform strategies, and power more climate victories Justin Rolfe-Redding


Is there a climate advocacy topic you'd really like to talk about or want to hear other peoples' opinions on? The discussion group sessions at R+E9 (currently scheduled for Tuesday, May 18 and Thursday, May 20) are a great opportunity to connect with, speak with, and learn from other dedicated movement members from across the Lab community.


Questions? Contact Jack Zhou or Justin Rolfe-Redding