Since our project proposal is based on adding onto the original idea of Oregon Humanities Conversation Project, as a team we want to make sure that our proposal is useful and as effective as it possibly can. In order to achieve this, we have planned for three groups of people to receive input from to get well rounded feedback and suggestions to improve our project.
Before we got to this point in our project we asked our professor Jim Proctor questions we had concerning the topic of discussion since it needed to an environmental issue component. He told us that even though having a conversation about anxieties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, having an environmental component will help future 295 students be able to continue on our project if they would like. Understandingly, we then decided to switch our topic to landscape management; how people in the same area view land differently and could work together in protecting it. This feedback was given to us on April 14 which we implemented and took gratefully to better our project.
One of the first people we want to receive feedback from is the executive director of The Conservation Project Adam Davis. He has been our contact with the organization and had an interview with him over Zoom to discuss questions we had about when beginning to research about the organization. As a team we think that with his experience at Oregon Humanities will be able to us if our project is doable and can be easily implemented into the already set management of their conversations. With the survey, Adam could help us know if it is a good idea and help us with the questions that we would put on it. He could also give us an inside look as to how the organization is planning on going forward with their online discussions so that we could implement their ideas to ours to give a smoother transitions between our project and theirs.
The second person we want to contact are the trained facilitators of Oregon Humanities. We would like for Adam to connect to us with a facilitator since we believe that they are crucial in making the discussions go smoothly and in creating meaningful dialogue. Their influence to the discussions could help us understand more as to how they are run and the roles that facilitators take when present at these events. Suggestion that we have to ask them about is about their implements to the now normal virtual discussion that could be useful for us, how breakout rooms could work to have more voices join into the dialogue and if a survey is an effective way to determine possible future action in participants. Their feedback would be helpful in determining the structure of our project in having smoothest and a beneficial discussion.
The third and last person we want to receive feedback from is professor Jessica Kleiss, an Environmental Studies professor at Lewis & Clark College. The reason why we wanted to ask another ENVS professor is to be able to have multiple voices to tell helps us to make our project as engaged as possible. We want to know if asking for specific groups of people could be a beneficial thing to do or if it wouldn’t be. As a team we wanted to personally invite indigenous and native people in certain areas of Oregon to participate in order to have their voices and stories heard from other residents. Having input from another professor who has worked in the same field as our professor for this class will be able to unify the outcomes that we want for our project to have in the end.