Knowledge Expert

What does it mean to be a Knowledge Expert in Community of Guardians?

To join the community as a “Knowledge Expert” the member is requested to verify their identity and educational or work-related experience that justifies their role as a Knowledge Expert. This is an important step as it allows us to ensure that the sources of information being shared with each group are valid and follow scientific rigour. Science is an important means of producing knowledge and getting to what approximates the truth. Good science results from rigorous processes. Part of the rigour in science and knowledge creation is the peer review process, which is a means of ensuring not only the correctness of facts but also transparency. Empirical data used in science that can be verified forms a sound basis for robust discussion, debate and decision-making. Science brings a degree of rationality that creates a higher probability that the best interest of society or the public interest will be taken into account in, for example, decision-making. This enables the SDG groups to be led by Knowledge Experts to participate in decision-making and progressive scientific principles. Knowledge Experts allow science to be disseminated in ways that are understood and are important for building trust. Knowledge Experts will share lessons and facts within the applicable SDG private group areas as well the most important part, “A Challenge”.  The Challenge will be posted exclusively by “knowledge experts” who will then post the challenge after sharing knowledge about the issue as it relates to the SDGs group.

The Challenge: Knowledge Experts will be responsible for posting “Challenges”. The Challenge will be posted exclusively by “knowledge experts” who will then post this challenge after sharing knowledge about the issue as it relates to the SDGs group. The knowledge expert will be given some common guidelines for posting a challenge to ensure challenges are consistent across all groups and measurable. There will also be a “Once a Day” Challenge listed on the main page that users who have not joined an SDGs group yet or those seeking an easy way to quickly contribute and earn reward points can accept. This challenge can be collected from other SDG’s group challenges as a way for users to see what other groups are doing. Challenges can only be issued by Knowledge Experts but each challenge can have as many members, Knowledge Experts or Ambassadors as required, depending on the interest, size and scope of the challenge. Challenges can proceed without Ambassadors and we expect the early challenges as the community grows to have many challenges with only a knowledge expert on board.  We are hoping as the community grows fans will encourage famous ambassadors to join.

Challenge Guidelines: Advice for Knowledge Experts before posting a challenge:

  1. Raise awareness through broad group engagement and learning by posting lessons from your area of expertise and how it relates to solving an SDG’s issues, and then connecting the SDGs to the groups interests to inspire and build momentum for change
  2. Consult on local priorities to develop a shared vision.
  3. Understand your group’s progress to celebrate success and galvanize action
  4. Align existing group plans with the Global Goals
  5. Develop a group challenge for advancing priority goals, ensuring the challenge has clear steps to complete and are measurable. (see Data collection requirements to officially complete a challenge.
  6. Invite diverse voices to participate, offering support to enable participation.
  7. Identify meaningful indicators that resonate with your community to measure progress and encourage group members to post their progress on the group and main page to inspire others.
  8. Once you are ready to post your Challenge send it to group administrators to approve and to post.