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About Circle of Blue

Founded in 2000 by leading journalists and scientists, Circle of Blue provides relevant, reliable, and actionable on-the-ground information about the world’s resource crises.

With an intense focus on water and its relationships to food, energy, and health, Circle of Blue has created a breakthrough model of front-line reporting, data collection, design, and convening that has evolved with the world’s need to spur new methodology in science, collaboration, innovation, and response. To document emerging and recognized crises, Circle of Blue collaborates with leading scientists and data experts. Through its partnerships, Circle of Blue then dispatches top journalists to map and define the region where the change is occurring. Making connections from localized occurrences to global trends, Circle of Blue publishes these reports online — free of charge — to inform academics, governments, and the general public, catalyzing participation across disciplines, regions, and cultures.

The Challenge

NEXUS: WATER, FOOD, ENERGY
The world’s capacity to respond is in doubt. Virtually every industry faces sweeping transformation.

Global demand for fresh water — mainly from agriculture, industry, and expanding cities — is growing so fast that, by 2030, supplies will be scarce enough to threaten economic development, political stability, and public health.

The world’s capacity to respond to these water security risks is in doubt, as existing institutions and policies at almost all levels remain siloed and ill-equipped to accommodate informed debates.

World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council
May 2012

Operating System
Circle of Blue and its partners have developed a recognized and collaborative operating system that is shared by world-leading journalists, designers, multimedia specialists, scientists, and facilitators. The system is the launching point for innovations in communications that can inform public policy as tenacious and adaptive as the crises it is meant to help solve.

Journalism
Throughout history, journalism and storytelling have shaped civilization. Journalists are the first responders to crises, the spotters of important trends, and the translators between disciplines. The art of the story, well-told, connects relevancy to action and brings to life the most important issues of the era. Circle of Blue engages multimedia journalists who spot trends and find the iconic moments that inspire engagement, understanding, and change.

Research, Science, and Data
Data analysis and context are the basis for reasoned decisions. Circle of Blue helps mine, visualize, and connect information that leads to new insights about complex problems. Circle of Blue has helped develop Google Fusion Tables, QlikView dashboards and other tools that are empowering researchers and the public to manage and share vast libraries of data.

Collaboration and Ideation
Collaboration bridges backgrounds, disciplines, and demographics. Circle of Blue’s work is guided by partnerships with The Value Web, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and other innovators. Circle of Blue uses the same iterative methods employed by NASA and Boeing to solve complex and systemic problems, while adding diverse public engagement.

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Circle of Blue has presented at the World Economic Forum, the World Food Prize, the Aspen Ideas Festival, Tallberg Forum, DLD-Munich, and many other leading international events. It is a nonprofit affiliate of the Pacific Institute and is produced by MediaVia LLC.

Ethics
Circle of Blue reports issues to the highest journalistic standards and scientific ethics. It subscribes to the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics.

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