Tuesday 6
Collaborative resilience 2
Bruce Goldstein
› 11:30 - 12:30 (1h)
› Antigone 3
Collaborative Resilience in Practice II: Social Learning
Bruce Goldstein  1, *@  , Ray Ison  2, *@  , David Burchfield  1@  , Wendy-Lin Bartels  3@  , Daniel Murphy  4@  , Tom James  5, *@  , Katrina Brown  5, *@  
1 : University of Colorado Boulder (USA)
2 : The Open University  -  Website
3 : University of Florida  -  Website
Gainesville, FL 32611, Florida -  États-Unis
4 : University of Cincinnati  (UC)  -  Website
2600 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati OH 45221 -  États-Unis
5 : University of Exeter, Environment and Sustainability Institute  -  Website
Environment and Sustainability Institute University of Exeter Penryn Campus Penryn Cornwall TR10 9EZ -  Royaume-Uni
* : Corresponding author

Resilience thinking demands new approaches to collaborative planning and design, whether in response to disasters or intractable conflicts or as part of a broader transition. This dialog session will engage leading collaborative theorists and practitioners in a discussion of novel design and facilitation techniques that promote resilience, both in terms of social-ecological regime and capacity for deliberation, mutual understanding, and collective action.

As collaborative practitioners and scholars question techniques grounded in assumptions about optimization and equilibrium, we wrestle with the complexity and controversy that arises from our efforts to assist communities in bounding their social-ecological system and defining desirable alternatives. In addition to promoting resilience through collective understanding and agreement on a shared vision, we seek to identify approaches that enhance lasting adaptive and transformative capacity, including the ability to access different knowledge and perspectives and mobilize to achieve social and ecological change.

Our approaches resonate with broader resilience scholarship, which focuses on the interaction between bottom-up emergence and top-down institutional and ecological constraints. We are particularly attentive to the way that social-ecological systems are defined and alternatives selected – and the way that powerful interests may constrain these possibilities. For collaborative practitioners, resilience is a way of becoming rather than a pre-defined state, a sensemaking as well as scientific process. In these two linked sessions, we will go beyond identifying “best practices” in our field to promote our understanding of the implications of pursuing resilience as communicative action.

This is one of three linked sessions that examine collaborative approaches to capacity building, collaborative governance, and social learning (this session). These papers consider how social learning takes place in collaborative, multi-stakeholder settings and across scales to address river and water catchment management, large landscape conservation, community fire-adaptation, climate change vulnerability assessment, and agroecological systems. Authors focus on how participants draw on different knowledge practices to determine ecological and social vulnerability and identify thresholds and regime shifts through techniques that include scenario planning and participatory methods.

Type of session and organization

Dialog session, proposed for “Knowledges” theme

Each panel will begin with three 10 minute presentations describing innovative collaborative approaches that are situated in a real-world case, drawing from their research and practice in complementary fields such as soft systems methodology, scenario planning, and communities of practice.

Next, the session chair will facilitate a 20 minute dialogue between the 3 presenters and panelists from the other session that will focus on issues such as how different dialogic approaches can help communities identify conditions and preferences, as well as the broader implications of collaboration for the relationships between experts and community.

The final ten minutes will be devoted to facilitated questions and comments from the audience.

Session Chair: Bruce Goldstein, University of Colorado Boulder


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