As  much  as  the  Marxist  ideology  imposed  for  so  many  years  over  societies  called  today  ’post-communist’ claimed  to  be  ’scientific’,  the  communist  State  took  pains  to  create  number  of  institutions communicating scholarly knowledge to its population. True, what was communicated was heavily biased and  served  the  purpose of  indoctrination rather  than  the  noble  purpose  of  intellectual enlightenment, but the  effort  itself  should  not  be  neglected,  at  least  the  more  or  less  effective  institutional  frameworks  for science  dissemination  has  been  created.  Again,  it  is  true,  that  the  set  of  knowledge  disseminating institutions was centralized and under strict control of the Party ideologues, nevertheless, imperfections of the  control  apparatus  left  some  space  for  efforts  to  communicate  scholarly  knowledge  within  existing institutional structure.

Gradually,  within  the  decade  of  ’transition’ both  due  to  the  State  withdrawal  from  this  area  of  public sector  and  to  well  substantiated  accusations  concerning  its  indoctrination  functions,  this  institutional structure   lost its regulatory power. That left an open social space for  the  number of particular initiatives to  communicate  scholarly  knowledge  in  a  rather  chaotic  ways  as  they  are  seen  fit  into  programmatic efforts of the variety of social actors, mostly non-profit organizations. These initiatives, even if valuable,proved themselves to be both ineffective and incompatible.

It is time - the paper argues - to coordinate variety of the science dissemination activities, avoiding at the same time administrative controls such coordination may seem to require.
 
 

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Decentralized coordination
In search for institutional frameworks for science communication

Kazimierz Frieske   Polish Foundation for Science Advancement

As  much  as  the  Marxist  ideology  imposed  for  so  many  years  over  societies  called  today  ’post-communist’ claimed  to  be  ’scientific’,  the  communist  State  took  pains  to  create  number  of  institutions communicating scholarly knowledge to its population. True, what was communicated was heavily biased and  served  the  purpose of  indoctrination rather  than  the  noble  purpose  of  intellectual enlightenment, but the  effort  itself  should  not  be  neglected,  at  least  the  more  or  less  effective  institutional  frameworks  for science  dissemination  has  been  created.  Again,  it  is  true,  that  the  set  of  knowledge  disseminating institutions was centralized and under strict control of the Party ideologues, nevertheless, imperfections of the  control  apparatus  left  some  space  for  efforts  to  communicate  scholarly  knowledge  within  existing institutional structure.

Gradually,  within  the  decade  of  ’transition’ both  due  to  the  State  withdrawal  from  this  area  of  public sector  and  to  well  substantiated  accusations  concerning  its  indoctrination  functions,  this  institutional structure   lost its regulatory power. That left an open social space for  the  number of particular initiatives to  communicate  scholarly  knowledge  in  a  rather  chaotic  ways  as  they  are  seen  fit  into  programmatic efforts of the variety of social actors, mostly non-profit organizations. These initiatives, even if valuable,proved themselves to be both ineffective and incompatible.

It is time - the paper argues - to coordinate variety of the science dissemination activities, avoiding at the same time administrative controls such coordination may seem to require.
 
 

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