Being as our project aims to connect so many individuals and organizations, it is important for our group to pursue input from the people involved. The input regarding our project will largely revolve around the main organizations involved in the project —Sustainable Northwest, educational Institutions (specifically its students), and the other organizations in Portland. These various groups will have important input as to how the workshops will be set up.
To begin, it would be integral to receive feedback from Greg Block —the president of Sustainable Northwest. Specifically, we would like to inquire about what they feel is important to include in the workshop academically. This would help structure a curriculum that the workshop would follow: what skills they believe are important, which of their projects they think would display good examples. Additionally, as our project aims to facilitate discussion between both Sustainable Northwest and students, we would like to know what the organization would like to learn from students entering the field. Unfortunately, Greg has expressed that he and his team are tremendously busy with work regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and are unavailable to meet and discuss the project.
The second group we would like feedback from are students looking to get into environmental or natural resource professions. We may want to know what they, as students, want from a workshop like this. Specifically, we would like to learn what they are curious about in regard to how organizations like Sustainable Northwest operates. For example, we would love to know if students are curious about prerequisite skills that are required for employment, a specific natural resource project (water, wood, energy, etc.), or whatever else may be of interest. We would like to meet with Professor Jim Proctor about which methods would work best in deriving student input. We believe that for now, it would be best to conduct 5 minute interviews with our peers in ENVS 295.
Lastly, we believe it would be helpful to get input from a faculty member at Lewis and Clark College (outside of our course instructor, Jim Proctor). We think it would be beneficial to receive feedback from Professor Jessica Kleiss of the Environmental Studies department at Lewis and Clark. As someone who has worked with students and various organizations off-campus, we believe she may be able to help revise, tweak, restructure or polish the details of our project. More specifically, we are hoping to get feedback and advice regarding any organizations in Portland to help facilitate the workshop, which schools and programs we should look into participating and any other details or concerns that may arise from the conversation.