||Status & Arrangements
||Boston -> Amherst, MA: ENVIRON & UMass Amherst
||12noon lunch w/ Dick Sclove, founder of Loka Institute.
Visit to ENVIRON.
4pm on campus. Creative Thinking in Epidemiology workshop
The workshop explores ways to open up new directions in epidemiological thinking and research. Participants will be introduced to tools and processes for individual reflection and group interaction designed to produce the insights and to deepen the people-connections valuable for seeing new paths and generating new opportunities. The workshop facilitator, Peter Taylor, directs the graduate programs in Critical and Creative Thinking and Science in a Changing World at the University of Massachusetts Boston and teaches a doctoral course on epidemiological thinking for non-specialists. His personal goals in leading this workshop are to learn more from epidemiologists about what shapes their practice in research and public health while developing his approaches to stimulating creativity and reflective practice among scientists.
|Stay at Emily's B&B
||-> Kingston, ON (334 mi, 6 hours 10 mins) -> Toronto
||Compare Notes with Mac Brown on learning & teaching participatory processes, 613.766.6931
||Stay Breakers Motel on the Lake Cobourg
||-> Toronto: Cancer Care & U. Toronto
||Creative Thinking in Epidemiology workshop, 10.30-15.00
George Brown House, 186 Beverley Street, Toronto, Ontario.
+ Dinner at place TBA
|Stay at Beaches Bed & Breakfast, 174 Waverley Road
|Thurs 9/22 (am)
||Toronto: ICA Canada
||10am Discussion with Duncan Holmes and others along the lines of "what have we learned about conditions that influence uptake and application of participation and collaboration skills learned in facilitated workshops."
||-> somewhere near Indianapolis (850K, 9.3hours via IS69)
||Super 8 Noblesville Indianapolis
17070 Dragonfly Lane, I-69 Exit 10
||-> Indianapolis airport (1hr via 37, 69, 465) -> Bloomington, IN;
later -> Champaign, IL
|Meet with Katy Börner at Indy airport, 812-391-0832, 10.10-11am re: “Places & Spaces: Mapping Science” collection at the University of Indiana http://scimaps.org/maps/browse/. Lunch 12noon with
Tom Gieryn, (812) 855-9973, Bryan Hall 105.
Talk for HPS, 1:30 at Balentine Hall 204: "What to do if we think that researchers have overlooked a significant issue for 100 years?--The case of quantitative genetics and underlying heterogeneity."
|Urbana, Motel 6 Urbana, Il #4378
1906 N. Cunningham Ave., I-74 Exit 184
||Representing Vulnerability: Maps, Narratives and Political Processes, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Beckman Institue 2nd floor Tower Room
(Sponsor Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy)
|bagged meter in front of Beckman
||Visit with School for Designing a Society, http://www.designingasociety.net/
afternoon: visit local prairie restoration site, walk and talk etc.
evening: meet with SDAS organizers to talk STS/CCT and SDAS
|202 s. broadway (center of downtown urbana)
||3-5:30 run workshop for SDAS: population/ecology workshop (open to the public)
How do we know we have population-environment problems? A journey from simple models to multiple points of engagement to contribute to change.
People consume resources and pollute the environment, so the more people, the more environmental problems we have--right? Not so fast! In this interactive workshop you will disturb that simple model. By the end you will be mapping multiple points of engagement through which you contribute to change in your particular circumstances. Along the way, you will consider how people marshall scientific knowledge to persuade others of the seriousness of the population problem, how inequalities among people qualitatively alter how "we" respond to the title question, how you can bring in social considerations to explain or interpret the directions that are taken in science, and how you can work with a perspective of being partly and jointly responsible for what is happening in society and the environment.
7-10: attend our Composition Ensemble Incubation (participatory and interesting)
||12-1.30pn session hosted by Jesse Ribot of Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy, "Changes in the social dimensions of environmental analysis since the early days of political ecology" (led by PT & RGB using the dialogue process )
School for Designing a Society session with students
The Gaze, 4-6pm How to Make a Change in a System
|something with jesse ribot?
(377 mi; 6.5hrs)
|Microtel Inn & Suites Ames, 2216 SE 16th St, C/N 60388420
Collect parking pass.
||Iowa State, Ames
||Early morning 9:30 class in Coover 1219
Learning about interactive visual data analysis.
4-5pm session on Heterogeneity & then Dinner
|get parking pass for 2 days.
||Iowa State, Ames->
|Learning about interactive visual data analysis. Sit in on class,1.10-2pm
||Canceled Microtel T2227
||stay with matt turner
||3.30-5 PT talks with joan f class
||12-1.30 RBG talk on restoration ecology + PT commentary
4pm, Parker Palmer
|booking needed for the night near chicago
||-> Ann Arbor
||Stay with Paul Edwards
stop in Kalamazoo for lunch?
||-> Ithaca (490 mi; 8.5 hours)
||Breakfast with Barry Fishman 8am Zingermans, 422 Detroit Street
||Stay with Warhaft-Holsts
||Cornell U. 12-2 Lunchtime with service learning faculty based on Cultivating Collaborators paper (w/ Davydd Greenwood & Public Service Center)
How do people become skilled and effective in contributing to collaborations (including participatory action research)? How do we lead others to develop their interest and skills in collaboration? Implicit in these questions is the idea that being able to contribute to collaborations is not something that can be taken for granted. Instead, people need to learn, practice, and improve at it. "People" includes each of us. In this spirit, the session will introduce a format that participants may not be familiar with for a discussion around a recent paper that addresses the questions. Participants read the paper in advance of the session. At the session the author provides a brief introduction if there is something not obvious from the paper then stays quiet until everyone else has taken a turn relating how the paper intersects with or stimulates their own thinking. Such a discussion builds a web of connections among participants in place of the typical set of spokes with author in the center.
Some relevant background from the presenter, Peter Taylor, University of Massachusetts Boston: In 1996 I attended several sessions in a Participatory Action Research series at Cornell. One of the presenters-Ken ("Mac") Brown, a forester from Lakehead University-got the audience involved in participatory activities. I followed up with him and soon followed his footsteps, which involved interactive sessions at the International Society for Exploring Teaching Alternatives (http://www.isetl.org) and facilitation training with the Institute of Cultural Affairs in Toronto (http://www.icacan.org). Since 1998 I have had the opportunity to continue developing participatory approaches in teaching-or in fostering the reflective practice of-the diverse adults who come through the Critical and Creative Thinking Graduate Program at UMass Boston, http://www.cct.umb.edu, which now has a new and Science in a Changing World graduate track, http://www.stv.umb.edu/SICW.html). This work gave me sufficient experience and confidence to initiate an ongoing series of innovative, interaction-intensive workshops designed to facilitate discussion, teaching innovation, and longer-term collaboration among faculty and graduate students who teach and write about interactions between scientific developments and social change (http://www.stv.umb.edu/newssc.html). This workshop led me to begin exploring the questions for this session, as evident in the paper to be pre-read for the session. This pathway also intersects with my studies of complexity in ecology and of equivalent ecological-like complexity in the influences that shape scientific research. My 2005 book, Unruly Complexity: Ecology, Interpretation, Engagement, ends by opening up a related question about collaboration, namely, how to "bring into interaction not only a wider range of researchers, but a wider range of social agents, and keep them working through differences and tensions until plans and practices are developed in which all the participants are invested." As the session's participants respond to the paper, perhaps they will keep in mind ways they have used to develop collaborations with diverse parties.