National Geographic Grant and Ben Horton
Posted 05 November 2009 - 01:27 PM
Ben Horton - National Geographic Young Exlorer
Posted 05 November 2009 - 11:20 PM
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Posted 06 November 2009 - 06:07 AM
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Posted 06 November 2009 - 04:53 PM
News Corporation / Fox Entertainment Group has a majority ownership of National Geographic Ventures (the taxable arm of the Society) and does most of the marketing and distribution. I believe any such association can result in tainting their environmental and educational initiatives, particularly with the National Geographic Channel.
Now that's the stupidest thing I ever heard, basing decisions about granting scientific expeditions on public voting... As a scientist this just boggles my mind, the only thing that should be taken into consideration when trying to decide if you will fund an expedition is scientific merit. I had two grants from Nat Geo before (one to Sao Tome in West Africa and another to Cocos Keeling Indian Ocean), but that never happened to me, I think my proposals weren't charismatic enough.
Posted 06 November 2009 - 06:49 PM
It's true there are better ways to go about it, but remember NG needs to MAKE
money too, not just give it away to grantees like us. And this is great promotion
for causes that go unnoticed by the general public.
On the plus side, when the project does happen, there's a very good chance we'll get this place
made into a Marine Reserve. I'm going to do my project either way, I just won't have the
funding I would like to have if I don't "win."
Posted 06 November 2009 - 07:26 PM
It's also a great way to gauge public interest.