Minnesota River Restoration (Part 2) Richard Currie Smith

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  • Gathered data in a variety of ways, ethnographic style of informal and formal interviews was predominant method. Anthropological notion that “there are just choices and outcomes, not good and bad people or ways of doing things” served my efforts well.
  • Minnesota River Restoration (Part 2) Richard Currie Smith

    1. 1. Pestering MRB Stakeholder
    2. 2. Four MRB Stakeholder Cultural Maps <ul><li>Non-Government Utilitarian </li></ul><ul><li>Non-Government Ecological </li></ul><ul><li>Government Pragmatic </li></ul><ul><li>Government Environmental </li></ul>
    3. 3. Stakeholder Cultural Maps <ul><li>A Cultural Map is a cognitive framework through which a group navigates interaction with the environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Multiple versions of the world” </li></ul></ul>Stakeholder Cultural maps   Non-Government Utilitarian   Government Pragmatic Government Environmental Non-Government Ecological Examples Industrial Agriculture Corn, Soybean & Beet growers Meat Producers Agribusinesses MDA MNDOT USACOE USDA MAC BERBI  NRCS SWCD  BWSR MPCA  MC RCRCA MDNR MRBJPB CCMR*  TNC CURE  TAS FMV  DU MCEA  MSC MEST  IWL IATP  LSP
    4. 4. Stakeholder Continuum : Separation From Nature Epistemological Error
    5. 5. <ul><li>Ecological Restoration depends on re-framing, or changing a conceptual viewpoint or context so that the meaning or significance of environmental perceptions are altered </li></ul>Re-Framing Modern Western Society’s Fundamental Epistemological Error
    6. 6. Re-Framing Modern Western Society’s Fundamental Epistemological Error <ul><li>Frames are localized cultural maps that </li></ul><ul><li>organize environmental perceptions </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Conceptual filter for identifying relevance </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Typically unconscious </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Both inclusive and exclusive </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Like a Referent in semiotics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ A cultural convention…a set, a class, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a logical entity.” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> (Umberto Eco 1976) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Y Bateson’s Perceptual Framing Figure Symbol Frame Referent Map Interpretant Peirce’s Sign Triad Multiple Versions of the World
    8. 8. MRB Stakeholder Perceptual Frames & Re-Framing
    9. 9. Perceptual Re-Framing: From Industrial to Sustainable Agriculture
    10. 10. Sand Creek is Now Cleaner After it Leaves the Farm
    11. 11. Perceptual Re-Framing
    12. 12. Re-Framing Modern Western Society’s Fundamental Epistemological Error <ul><li>Humans are embedded within the larger </li></ul><ul><li>environment as an interdependent part </li></ul><ul><li>A part cannot control the behavior of </li></ul><ul><li>the larger system of which it is only a part. </li></ul>
    13. 13. Gregory Bateson’s Living Systems Approach to Ecological Restoration <ul><li>Ecologically-oriented re-framing depends on </li></ul><ul><li>a network of supportive communicative </li></ul><ul><li>relationships </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Propagates and solidifies ecological ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Restoration becomes an accepted </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ convention between communicators ” </li></ul></ul></ul>
    14. 14. MRB Ecological Restoration Stakeholder Network: By Spatial Distribution CURE: Clean Up Our River Environment RCRCA: Redwood Cottonwood Rivers Control Area CCMR: Coalition for a Clean Minnesota River BERBI: Blue Earth River Basin Initiative FMV: Friends of the Minnesota Valley
    15. 15. MRB Stakeholder Network Bifurcation Point <ul><li>Governor Arne Carlson’s challenged state agencies in 1992 to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make the MN. River “swimable and fishable” by the year 2000 . </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bifurcation Point: </li></ul><ul><li>A place of extreme instability in a living system at which new forms of order may spontaneous emerge </li></ul>
    16. 16. MRB Stakeholder Network Bifurcation Point <ul><ul><ul><li>Diverse stakeholders communicate </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Working Together, A Plan To Restore The Minnesota River ,” 1994 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Minnesota River Basin Joint Powers Board </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    17. 17. MRB Stakeholder Network

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