CSID may be best described as New Directions 3.0.
New Directions 1.0 – then called ‘New Directions in the Earth Sciences and the Humanities’ – was launched in the fall of 2001 with initial grants from the Colorado School of Mines and the National Science Foundation. Over its 4 years of existence New Directions 1.0 received support from NASA, USGS, EPA, NEH, NCAR, and the Geological Survey of Canada, as well as a consortium of universities. New Directions 1.0 sought to develop the theory and practice of wide interdisciplinarity, integrating the values-dimensions of societal challenges with on-going scientific research and education.
New Directions 2.0 was launched in 2005. Retitled ‘New Directions: Science, Humanities, Policy,’ New Directions became a co-institutional project housed at the University of North Texas’ Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies and Penn State University’s Rock Ethics Institute.
New Directions 2.0 attracted additional funding, produced articles and edited volumes, and ran a number of prominent workshops:
-‘New Orleans, the Mississippi Delta, and Katrina’ (March 2005)
-International Workshop on Integrating Ecological Science and Environmental Ethics, held in southern Chile, (March 2007)
-‘Making Sense of the ‘Broader Impacts’ of Science and Technology (August 2007)
CSID is the newest incarnation of New Directions, representing the further institutionalization of its experimental approach to interdisciplinary research and practice.