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Rebalancing Our Portfolio: Envisioning a More Inclusive, Altruistic, and Engaged AAEA

Dawn Thilmany ()

American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2021, vol. 103, issue 2, 408-421

Abstract: Throughout its history, the AAEA has evolved to broaden its scope, expand its partners and create an organization that encourages its members to more actively collaborate, network and serve. Using concepts from Gladwell's Tipping Points framework, this address highlights how past visionaries, connectors and leaders guided this evolution and urged the AAEA to update its portfolio of activities and organizational structure. 2020 has given us a unique opportunity to consider the portfolio of topics on which we research and educate, but also, reflect on our professional impacts in terms of the stakeholders, partners and policies we strive to impact. This address challenges AAEA members to revisit their portfolio as a means to update our desired risk‐reward ratio, framing the tradeoffs through a lens of altruism, inclusion and engagement. I conclude with an agenda of where AAEA can directly play a role in highlighting best practices and nudging its membership toward new social norms, encouraging members' to update and reframe their own professional priorities and goals.

Date: 2021
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