OLAN: Opinion Leader Advisory Network

NSF Award #OIA-1946093

The S3OK Opinion Leader Advisory Network (OLAN) is an integral component of the Socially Sustainable Solutions for Water, Carbon, and Infrastructure Resilience in Oklahoma research project. While the problems addressed by S3OK require science, successful solutions can only be found through collaboration among science communities and state leaders from many sectors, as well as buy-in from the affected public.

The OLAN is designed to help address these needs by bringing together Oklahoma leaders from government, industry, and the private sector throughout the project. OLAN members will stay abreast of S3OK science teams’ work and provide critical feedback and project direction via biannual surveys and annual Academies. 

Regular engagement by OLAN:

  • Helps focus the S3OK science effort where it can provide the most benefit to Oklahoma;
  • Strengthens transdisciplinary cooperation and capacities in the state’s universities;
  • Pushes boundaries for creative solutions to some of our most challenging problems; and
  • Engages in problem-solving during a period of increased social tension.

The OLAN will fill at least four critical roles in the S3OK project:

  1. Provides insight into how Oklahomans understand S3OK’s wicked problems
  2. Provides feedback (and pushback) on the direction and value of the S3OK research investment
  3. Helps integrate S3OK science, policy, and wisdom into a strategic direction for Oklahoma
  4. Advocates for the S3OK strategy upon completion of the project

The OLAN plays a crutial role in finding successful solutions to the wicked problems facing Oklahoma.