Liam Wright

  • Liam Wright
    My name is Liam Wright and I am an ENVS student who is interested in learning more about how to engage across differences with others. I am also interested in renewable energy technologies.

    Course Summary

    ENVS 295 to me is about learning what engagement means and how people in the real world engage with each other. It is about how stakeholders communicate with each other to resolve conflicts. Engagement is different from educating others because of an assumption about ignorance; it is about mutual understanding. So far we have gone on a reconnaissance trip to meet with organizations and learned how they engage within their organization and with other groups. We have chosen partnerships with a variety of organizations and identified what their interests are, who their stakeholders are, and how they engage with others. We have also developed our digital scholarship skills by writing posts about our partnerships on a Wordpress website. I have learned about a number of subjects including effective action, what a post truth world is, what stakeholders are, and the three models of communication. These all serve to teach me what engagement looks like.

    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.

    Receiving Input on Our Engagement Proposal

    April 21, 2020

    This semester, our Environmental Engagement class has been focused on working with various partnership organizations local to Oregon. We’ve done research on our organizations and discussed how their work helps to promote engagement. My group’s partnership is with Healthy Democracy, an organization that hosts discussion events with the goal of promoting […]

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    Building Bridges Between Rural and Urban Oregonians

    April 14, 2020

    Healthy Democracy is an organization whose goals include providing voters accurate and unbiased information and creating opportunities for people to engage with one another on important topics. Their ideas and methods about engagement inspired our group to come up with our own project. Specifically, we were inspired by how Healthy Democracy goes about […]

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    Improving Democracy Through Dialogue

    April 7, 2020

    Overview Healthy Democracy is an organization dedicated to providing voters with accurate information and creating spaces where all different kinds of people can engage with each other. They do this through their two main programs: their Citizens Initiative Review and Community Oregon. Both of these programs are excellent examples of […]

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    What I’ve Learned from Environmental Engagement So Far

    March 22, 2020

    Why Environmental Engagement? Reflecting on why I decided to study engagement in ENVS 295 has been insightful in reminding me why I chose to go into Environmental Studies. The world today is a chaotic place, with numerous issues that people choose sides for and clash in the open market of […]

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    “How” Healthy Democracy Works

    March 12, 2020

    Introduction In Environmental Engagement, we’ve determined the what, the who and now we are determining the how. This is referred to as engagement through two-way dialogue. An article by Jim Proctor at Lewis & Clark highlights three methods in which engagement is practiced through different types of conversation. The three types that […]

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    The Who of Healthy Democracy

    March 9, 2020

    Introduction This week we focused on ‘The Who’ of environmental engagement. This encompasses a wide variety of considerations, but is primarily focused on who is taken into account in the policy decision-making process. The article by Luyet et al, 2012 it explores how engagement is practiced within a framework that […]

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    Healthy Democracy Post-Truth

    March 2, 2020

    What is Environmental Engagement in a Post-Truth World? In ENVS 295 this week we focused on the meaning of alternative facts in a world of post-truths and rapid overload of information. In class, we discussed the definition of post-truth and alternative facts using the following articles by Thomas Edsall (2020) […]

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    Making a Difference with Healthy Democracy

    February 25, 2020

    Definition Effective Altruism or Action is defined as an approach to making a difference that takes into account the ability to actually make progress on or accomplish a particular goal, and in turn have a significant impact and measurable benefits (2016). It also discusses the importance of evaluating what issues […]

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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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