Heather Lazrus called on the group to consider how diverse knowledges are created through engagements in different arenas. One way to think about this is in terms of western disciplines and interdisciplinary knowledge: physical and social sciences coming together to create new knowledge that could not be created by any one discipline alone. This may work particularly well when based on a problem, rather than a specific method or theory, and when collaborators who may not understand your tools still value your contributions.
Lazrus drew attention to language: as anthropologists we often take 'forecast' to include a wide variety of practices, whereas physical science colleagues may use a more technical definition. By starting from shared understandings of ‘vulnerability’ or ‘culture’ we can later expand the scope, for example recasting ‘exposure’ to take account of histories of colonialism that have placed people in vulnerable locations.
Even within anthropology there are many different approaches to bringing knowledge systems together: from databases to trust-building conversations (as in Rising Voices). The latter can forge a deeper level of understanding, beyond assumptions that everyone has the same knowledge. At the recent COP meetings, some indigenous communities stated that they have reached a point where they don't need culture brokers any more.
There is a scope for anthropologists to influence how forecasts are created and disseminated. We should start with fundamental questions, and think about forecasting not just in terms of whether a physical hazard is going to emerge, but what the impacts and experiences might be. Underpinning all this are questions about how different cultures deal with uncertainty and make it meaningful and useful.