CSTPR Noontime Seminar
Collaborating for System Change: Learning Networks for City Resilience, Wildfire Protection, Climate Adaptation, and Impactful Science
Bruce Evan Goldstein, University of Colorado Boulder
We consider how learning networks build capacity for system transformation. We define learning networks as inter-organizational voluntary collaboratives that nurture professional expertise, and describe their potential to catalyze systemic change by disrupting old habits, fostering new relationships, and providing freedom to experiment. We underscore the complexity of designing, facilitating, and sustaining learning networks, noting four distinct ways learning networks can foster systemic resilience, 1) social-psychological 2) engineering 3) social-ecological, and 4) emancipatory. We then describe our research methods and introduce four learning network case study analyses, in order of their age and relative progress towards transformation:
After describing each network’s origins, approach to promoting transformative change, and structure, we apply three exploratory questions across our cases:
We conclude by describing the contribution of this analysis to a framework we are developing to explore how learning networks foster resilience within, between, and across scales.
Cryospheric and Polar Processes Seminar
The Sociology of Sea Ice Visualizations: 14 preliminary swaths
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University
Representations of sea ice occupy an unique location at the intersection of multiple flows of knowledge and power, including the politics of contested geopolitical, Indigenous and scientific priorities. At the same time, the Enlightenment model of the relation between science and society – i.e., that science discovers the truth of the world for decision-makers act upon rationally – does not have universal legitimacy, and the concern with rapid climate change necessitates an updated conception of the role science can play in formulating ethical and agile responses to climatic changes. For this talk, I first outline the motivation for my sociological study of sea ice, and then I report preliminary findings from initial research interviews I conducted with the Arctic Sea Ice News & Analysis team at NSIDC. Through the sociological analysis of the production of sea ice visualizations, I advance an empirically robust and theoretically sound interpretation of the relation between scientific knowledge, ethics and action.