Learnshop on Tensions Model to Negotiate with Environmental Stakeholders at GLBD 2018 Conference

I was privileged to facilitate a “Learn shop” at the 14th annual conference of the Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit, targeted primarily at regional leaders working toward environmental sustainability. My own contribution centered on helping learnshop participants use communication theory to engage multiple stakeholders amid the “wicked problems” of environmental sustainability. Drawing from my research, I proposed a Tensions Model centered on recognizing how tensions can be more than just headaches, but can be used constructively once we take the time to appreciate the situation holistically from multiple perspectives. Specifically, the learnshop used four “tension areas” as the starting point to help analyze different problems in small groups.

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Presented paper on actual vs. communicative work of sustainability at Brown Bag Lecture

Last week, I talked about my ongoing research into the communicative meaning-making processes of sustainability work, from the perspective of practitioners who implement it, at the Brown Bag Lecture Series organized by Wayne State University’s Humanities Center.

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Back from CSCA: Orgcomm Top Paper, Steelcase tour, & Other Awesomeness

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Colors of Grand Rapids

It has been a wonderfully informative and stimulating time spent at the Central States Communication Association, in Grand Rapids, MI. Several vignettes stand out…

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Whirlwind successfully completed: Sustainability symposium, Journal Special Issue 1st reviews, Alaska research trip

It has been an eventful time since my last post, mostly dominated by organizing the “Social Institutions and Sustainability” symposium on campus at Wayne State University, first level of reviewing submissions for a special issue of Critical Sociology journal, and my recently concluded research trip to Fairbanks, Alaska.

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Gearing up for “Social Institutions & Sustainability” Symposium next week! #SSF15

The summer has been a whirlwind of planning, but the fruits of all that activity are soon to bear fruit, as next week, we host the first-ever research symposium of the Sustainability Scholars’ Forum (SSF), on the theme of “Social Institutions and Sustainability.” The symposium will bring together 25 different scholars, and 20 works of research, which will examine issues of sustainability from a social scientific and humanist perspective. Our goal is to highlight the rich interdisciplinary work presently underway in the social sciences and humanities on this topic, which often gets missed amid the technical and natural sciences, so that we can begin to build bridges across different lines of scholarship and research.

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Upcoming deadline for “Social Institutions & Sustainability” research symposium at Wayne State University: June 15, 2015

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Last fall, some colleagues and I decided to set up a research working group, called the Sustainability Scholars’ Forum (SSF), and I’m excited that the centerpiece of our efforts is set to bear fruit soon — an interdisciplinary symposium on the theme of “Social Institutions and Sustainability.” The deadline for abstract submissions is coming within a week, on June 15, and the symposium itself is scheduled for September 11.

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