Thursday, January 29, 2015
Actor and educator Alan Alda realized that scientists do not communicate clearly with nonscientists. To help remedy the problem, he founded the Alan Alda Institute for Communicating Science at Stonybrook University. At the Institute, he created the Flame Challenge. Scientists receive a question—this year, “What is Sleep?”--and devise an explanation that 11 year olds can understand. Eleven year olds then choose the winner.
You can read more here.
The analogy to our field is obvious. Like scientists, many in our profession have difficulty communicating with others, including students and clients. To further the cause of clear communication in law, maybe we need a Flame Challenge for lawyers.