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BOUNDARY-SPANNING DIALOGUE IN PRACTICE:A REPORT FROM THE SONOMA COUNTY CLIMATE PROTECTION CAMPAIGN


This paper recounts an exercise in boundary-spanning dialogue on the theme of global climate change that is being conducted over the spring and summer of 2003 in the northern California community of Sonoma County. Arising out of two separate projects, one initiated in the university and the other in the community, this project will bring together representatives from city and county governments, non-profit organizations, and businesses, as well as teachers and students from all levels, elementary schools to graduate programs. A team of three faculty members from Sonoma State University, Dorothy Freidel (Geography), Zeno Swijtink (Philosophy), and myself, began meeting about two years ago to plan a conference on global warming. What has evolved is a series of public forums, beginning with an opening lecture on February 7, 2003, and followed by four weekend workshops during the spring, summer, and early fall of 2003. At the same time Ann Hancock, founder of Sustainable Sonoma County, was working with the local city and county governments to enlist them in a Climate Protection Campaign in collaboration with the International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), a United Nations affiliated project, which is supporting city and county governments all over the world to take action at the local level to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Currently there are nearly 600 cities and counties worldwide involved in the project, about a quarter of them in the United States. As a result of Ms. Hancock’s hard work, dedication, and diplomacy, all nine cities in Sonoma County, as well as the County itself, have signed on to the ICLEI campaign. The first step of the project involves conducting an initial inventory of emissions, involving student interns from Sonoma State. The university will be conducting its own inventory, as will other local schools, and possibly some local businesses. The second workshop, in May, will provide an opportunity for representatives of these various entities to come together to discuss how we as a community might work together to improve our quality of life, at both local and global levels. Others workshops will address the implications of climate change for watershed management, green building techniques, and transportation. This project provides a valuable case study of boundary-spanning dialogue in practice, embodying the theme “using systems thinking to construct agoras of the global village.” rnThe timing is serendipitous in relation to the ISSS conference as I will be able to report on the results of the first four events in the series. Information about the project can be found on our web site at: http://www.sonoma.edu/projects/climatechange.......

【作者名称】: Debora Hammond
【作者单位】: Hutchins School of Liberal Studies Sonoma State University 1801 E. Cotati Ave.Rohnert Park, CA 94928
【关 键 词】: Climate, Global Warming, Environment, Education, Sustainability, Civic Engagement
【会议名称】: Proceedings of the 47th annual conference the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS 2003): agoras of the global village
【期刊论文数据库】: [DBS_Articles_01]
【期刊论文编号】: 100,827,781
【摘要长度】: 2,725
【会议地点】: Iraklion(GR);Iraklion(GR)
【会议组织】: Hutchins School of Liberal Studies Sonoma State University 1801 E. Cotati Ave.Rohnert Park, CA 94928;
【会议时间】: 2003
【上篇论文】: 外文会议 - THE BRIDGE TO HUMANITY'S FUTURE
【下篇论文】: 外文会议 - Communicating Risk: Reconfiguring Expert-Lay Relations

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