Our Vision

Science and Global Change


Of all the species on the planet, Man is probably the most adaptable. In the past that usually meant dealing with a few, slowly changing variables. But now the changes are coming at a new and staggering pace, and many, if not most are the result of our own relentless innovation.

Ever increasing complexity, ever accelerating change–climate change, technological change, global change. All rendering critical the need for society to understand and to help guide science to make wise choices in multiple key areas.

Novim was founded in January of 2008 at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, at UC Santa Barbara, California. Its charter: to use an assembly of scientists to break down complex issues in such a way as to render them comprehensible to non-scientists.

The process itself is complex—can a dispassionate, non-agenda driven explanation of an often highly emotional and technical subject yield a better informed public that is more inclined to reasonable dialog as it struggles with global change?

After ten years, Novim remains committed to being a major player in this ongoing process.


Michael Ditmore
Executive Director