This newsletter provides a brief introduction to new resources that have
been added to the Learning for Sustainability (LfS) site -
http://learningforsustainability.net - in the past couple of months. It
also provides direct links to three useful literature reviews, covering
partnerships, leadership and participation respectively.
The Learning for Sustainability (LfS) site brings together resources that
help address the social and capacity building aspects of managing
collective interests within complex decision making environments. The site
highlights the wide range of social skills and processes that are needed
to support constructive collaboration, and indicates how these skills and
processes can be interwoven to achieve more integrated and effective
outcomes. This site brings links to several hundred annotated on-line
resources from different sectors and geographic areas together in one easy
to access site. The featured links in this newsletter are drawn from some
of the new sections updated recently. Direct links to these papers are
provided through the on-line update –
http://learningforsustainability.net/newsletters/apr10.php - and they
include the following:
* "Perspectives on partnership: A literature review" - This paper by
Doug Horton, Gordon Prain and Graham Thiele reports on a wide-ranging
review of the literature on partnerships and other closely related forms
of collaboration. It identifies and analyzes key cross-cutting themes and
success factors, highlights gaps in current knowledge, and identifies
potential areas for further study.
* "Leadership in Sustainable Urban Water Management: An Investigation of
the champion phenomenon within Australian water agencies" - This report by
André Taylor develops and communicates a suite of management strategies
that can be used within water agencies to: create a supportive leadership
process at different levels. These include: fostering effective champions
at an executive level (‘executive champions’); attracting, recruiting,
supervising and developing the leadership abilities of champions at a
middle management level (‘project champions’); and encouraging distributed
* "Stakeholder participation for environmental management: A literature
review" - This working paper by Mark Reed points to the need to focus on
participation as a process. It then identifies a number of best practice
features from the literature. Finally, it argues that to overcome many of
its limitations, stakeholder participation must be institutionalised,
creating organisational cultures that can facilitate processes where goals
are negotiated and outcomes are necessarily uncertain. The paper
acknowledges that seen in this light, participatory processes may seem
very risky, but there is growing evidence that if well designed, these
perceived risks may be well worth taking.
Other recent papers featured in this April newsletter –
http://learningforsustainability.net/newsletters/apr10.php - look at
inclusive inquiry approaches where local and other knowledge systems
collaborate with science in research into issues of sustainability. These
highlight how the special nature of indigenous knowledge raises important
considerations for those seeking to undertake science within an indigenous
setting. Another paper looks at the social elements required to support
ongoing collaborative monitoring and adaptive management.
The Learning for Sustainability site -
http://learningforsustainability.net - also manages additional pages on
finding volunteering and job opportunities in the sustainability sector.
Feedback is welcomed, and viewers are encouraged to suggest sites to add.
All this material is easily accessible through the main site indexing
Wishing you all the best with your ongoing activities.
Dr Will Allen
LearningForSustainability.net - http://learningforsustainability.net -
Helping people collaborate and innovate
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