Riley Hanna

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    Course Summary

    Through a variety of readings coupled with hands-on experience, Environmental Engagement (ENVS 295) teaches us how to effectively engage across differences towards the end goal of taking action. We began the semester with a reconnaissance trip, where we met with numerous people and learned about the different organizations they represent. We then created group posts discussing these organizations and connecting them with engagement. Since then, we have focused on the organizations we are partnering with, mine being Oregon Humanities, investigating what effective action looks like for these organizations, how they combat the post-truth world, who are the existing and potential stakeholders, and how they engage with the public. My main takeaways from the course have been how much thought and energy go into public engagement and that while different perspectives might seem to impede action, in reality navigating and facilitating collaboration between disagreeing stakeholders is how impactful, lasting solutions arise.

    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.

    MORE Surveys?!? You Betcha: Assessing the Effectiveness of our Conversation on Land Management

    April 19, 2020

    Introduction Partnering with Oregon Humanities, my team is proposing our very own virtual Conversation Project and series of follow up surveys for our Environmental Engagement project. Our theoretical conversation would take place in three different regions of Oregon, exploring how individuals are connected to land and discussing what proper land […]

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    “How” to Have an Impactful Conversation about Protecting Land

    April 13, 2020

    Introduction After conducting extensive research on our partnering organization Oregon Humanities, learning the “what,” “who,” and “how” of effective environmental engagement, interviewing with Executive Director of Oregon Humanities Adam Davis, and a series of brainstorming sessions, my team and I have created our engagement project proposal to wrap up our […]

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    Assessing Long Term Impacts of Conversations

    April 7, 2020

    Post-interview thoughts I originally thought that coordinating a virtual Conversation Project would be a fantastic way for our group to collaborate with Oregon Humanities. I felt that this online gathering would include more people who usually would not be able to attend these events, especially during these times of social […]

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    Environmental Engagement Reflections

    March 22, 2020

    A Necessary Introduction I will begin by addressing the elephant in the room, writing this reflection on my experience in Environmental Engagement (ENVS 295) feels ridiculous in light of the world’s current circumstances. I am at home with my family, completely isolated in order to lessen chances of contracting coronavirus […]

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    How to Exchange Ideas, Not Enforce Them

    March 10, 2020

    Models of Environmental Communication The three models of environmental communication are the classical (deficit) model, the framing model, and the contemporary (dialogic) model. The classical model relies on the assumption that the public can be inspired towards action by using apocalyptic tones and innately shocking statistics. Addressing inadequate scientific understanding […]

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    Oregon Who-manities?

    March 5, 2020

    Stakeholders Influence in Engagement A stakeholder is defined in Luyet et al. (2012) as people “any group of people organized, who share a common interest or stake in a particular issue or system.” Furthermore, these stakeholders are people who “influence and share control over development initiatives and the decision and […]

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    Can Conversation Save Our Post-Truth World?

    March 2, 2020

    Roles of Post-Truth in America We live in a post-truth world. It’s impossible to know who and what to trust, especially as perpetuation of twisted and inaccurate narratives in both the media and in politics is becoming normalized. Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has employed tactics such as double-talk and transgressive […]

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    Will Conversations Save the Planet?

    February 25, 2020

    Effective Altruism: The Good, Bad, & Ugly As a framework for action, effective altruism has both many benefits and drawbacks. According to the philosophy, it is important to prioritize issues that cause a significant impact on many peoples’ lives, are not addressed to the degree that they warrant, and are […]

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    Engaging with the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum

    February 17, 2020

    Overview Bright and early on the morning of Friday January 31, our ENVS 295 class set out on a field trip. The first stop on our trip was the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum, located on the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge about 45 minutes east of Portland. Getting […]

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