Two of us at CancerEvo (AA and DB) are involved in a science outreach organization called Pint of Science. The idea, which started in the UK about 4 years ago, is that a society in which science and technology play an important role should be driven by citizens that can think critically and are comfortable with the methods that scientists and engineers use.
Blogs and TED talks are great tools for that, but bridging the gap between scientists and the rest of the citizenry requires scientists and non scientists to be in the same room. In this TEDxUSF talk from last month, Pint of Science US director Parmvir Bahia posits that the place should be your local pub. She also uses my friend, colleague and collaborator, radiation oncologist, mathematical oncologist, TED MED speaker and cancer connector Jacob Scott, as an example of not just interesting science but also interesting scientists.
It is a short and interesting talk so listen to it. Even better, on the 18-20th of May go to the pub and find one of your local scientists at the Pint of Science festival (in the US and many other countries).