Nina Rosenbaum

Nina Rosenbaum

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Course Summary

To me, ENVS 295 is about bridging the gap between people when it comes to environmental issues, and engaging with one another. This is accomplished through our website which communicates with everyone outside the course and with our partnerships with local organizations. In this course (ENVS 295), I have developed better digital scholarship skills and initiated a partnership with the Hood River Forrest Collaborative. I have also learned about contested environmental issues, and environmental advocacy, in the state of Oregon. Most importantly, I learned about effective environmental communication and engagement.

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.

Input on our Engagement with the Stew Crew

April 21, 2020

Andrew Spaeth, 4/2/20: overall positive feedback, engagement project would be helpful to Stew Crew Jim Proctor, 4/20/20: Suggestion to have trained facilitators involved in Stew Crew discussions (Oregon Humanities or Crossing Party Lines offers this training which could be undertaken by community members interested in getting more involved with the […]

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Engaging with Land Management Online: “What”?!

April 14, 2020

Our project aims to increase the public’s participation with the Hood River Forest Collaborative, and to help them identify and engage with stakeholders. We plan to do this by helping the Collaborative develop an online presence, through which they can host events, share knowledge, and engage in outreach to invite […]

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How to Foster Engagement Within the Hood River Forest Collaborative

April 13, 2020

When developing engagement practices, determining the specific issues to be addressed and the stakeholders that need to be invited to the table is critical important. Just as important as these two steps is determining how to best foster engagement between these identified stakeholders -who may have competing values- towards the […]

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Hood River Forest Collaborative and the Quest for a “Who”

April 10, 2020

Throughout ENVS 295 we have closely studied many aspects of engagement, including specific ways to focus engagement with the aim to make it more successful. One of the critical steps to better engagement practices is to focus on labeling and including stakeholders (known as the “Who”) who may otherwise be […]

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Growing the Stew Crew’s Roots

April 6, 2020

Our Initial Interview  We recently conducted an introductory interview with Andrew Spaeth, the director of the Stew Crew, where we learned a lot about the group that we previously did not find in our research. When we researched the Stew Crew online, there was not a lot of current information […]

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Reflections on Environmental Engagement

March 21, 2020

What does environmental engagement mean? The question of what it even means to engage has been central to this course. At first, I thought environmental engagement simply meant to individually engage with the natural world, but it is a lot more complicated than that. Right now, I would define environmental […]

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Stew Crew: the “What,” the “How,” and the “Who”

March 11, 2020

How are Environmental Ideas Communicated? How should we communicate? What is most effective? What makes an approach more successful? There are three outlined methods of environmental communication, which present different engagement strategies with varying degrees of success.  The first is the Classical (Deficit) Model, which posits that the public’s lack […]

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Who’s Who in the Stew Crew

March 9, 2020

Stakeholder Identification In order to give stakeholders a voice in any project they must first be identified. There are many ways of identifying individuals and groups as stakeholders (Luyet et al. 2012). It is incredibly important to properly identify stakeholders, as they are the ones most impacted by the outcomes […]

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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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