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Course Summary

ENVS 295 is about examining different forms of engagement and how to use engagement practices to help create dialogue across boundaries, something that has become increasingly  critical and has shown success in bridging gaps as issues have become more and more polarized (Broockman and Kalla 2016). The class started out by taking a “Reconnaissance Trip”, which entailed visiting a number of different organizations around NW Oregon in an effort to see real world examples of different forms of engagement. With these in mind, we returned back to the classroom setting and started work on the "What", "Who", and "How" of engagement, such as understanding how to better define stakeholders (Luyet et al. 2012). Additionally, we developed a better understanding of Effective Action. These different theoretical backgrounds were then applied by student groups to various engagement organizations throughout NW Oregon (some of which we had already visited earlier) in order to get a better understanding of these theories in practice, as well as a deeper understanding of the organizations themselves. My project group worked with the Hood River Forest Collaborative in order to develop projects to help define their stakeholders and create outreach to new members within the community, something that they have struggled with in the past. Work Cited
Broockman, David, and Joshua Kalla. 2016. “Durably Reducing Transphobia: A Field Experiment on Door-to-Door Canvassing.” Science352 (6282): 220–24. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aad9713.
Luyet, Vincent, Rodolphe Schlaepfer, Marc B. Parlange, and Alexandre Buttler. 2012. “A Framework to Implement Stakeholder Participation in Environmental Projects.” Journal of Environmental Management111 (November): 213–19. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2012.06.026.


Engagement Partnership

One important part of ENVS 295 is an environmental engagement partnership with a Portland-area organization. The page linked above offers information and resources I helped compile for my organizational partner this semester.

Engagement Project

Building on the engagement partnership above, our team developed a related engagement project in collaboration with the partner. The page linked above offers details on our engagement project.

My Course Posts

I've done a series of posts throughout the semester related to readings, our partnership, our project, and my thoughts on environmental engagement. See below for all posts I've published, in reverse order by date.

Diverse Truths

March 2, 2020

Is Post-Truth the new normal? Issues of Post Truth In his article, “Trump is Waiting and He Is Ready“, Thomas Edsall writes in the New York Times about an increasingly polarized political and rhetorical world plagued by the notion of post-truth. Using Donald Trump as a situated example, he details […]

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Stewing on Effective Action with the “Stew Crew”

February 25, 2020

What is Effective Action/Altruism? Effective Action/Altruism was developed as a concept in order to better organize the work needed to help others in a way that is most efficient. Within this idea, projects are efficient when they are: Great in scale Highly neglected Highly solvable     While effective action does […]

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Engagement Visit With PCUN

February 18, 2020

Our Visit In this ever fracturing world, opportunities for meaningful engagement seem to have become fewer and more far between. With this in mind, our Environmental Engagement (ENVS295) class embarked on a two day field trip around the Columbia Gorge and Willamette Valley in order to meet and discuss with […]

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