Sustainability (and such)

Go Green and Go Home!

Posted by Nancy Van Leuven, Ph.D. on April 28, 2012

As part of Sustainability Week at Bridgewater State University, I recently spoke about how public officials are grappling with activists about sustainability issues; specifically, I look at how administrators are talking with Occupy Wall Street and Tar Sands Action protestors.  These two movements are toppling traditional, top-down mandates by combining face-to-face interactions with tagging-based media and live-streaming.  The result:  A myriad of social justice issues, including sustainability, are molded into cross-issue discourse that is reshaping guerrilla government and leadership.  This presentation – “Go Green and Go Home!  How Public Officials and Activists are Grappling about Sustainability” – is presented in through different presentation formats.

Part One:  A Sliderocket overview of the project

Part Two:  A Slideshare Ignite talk about research findings

Part Three:  A Prezi about the broader discussion

(References are posted below)


As always, any good research project is collaborative!  Thanks to those who’ve helped with thoughts and insights, including; Deniz Leuenberger at Bridgewater State University; Danielle Newton at Global Spark; Amoshaun Toft at the University of Washington;   and Amanda Ravenhill and Ryan Kushner , who continue to be catalytic leaders about how activism can enhance sustainability goals.  To that end, I thank you all for lighting the torch that ignites public imaginations.  And, to the inspiring MPA Cohort 2 at Presidio Graduate School, I hope you continue your passion in changing the landscape of how public administrators can enhance social justice actions!

For future reading….

Blewit, J. (2008).  Understanding sustainable development.  London:  Earthscan.

della Porta, D., & Tarrow, S. (2005).  Transnational Protest and Global Activism.  New York:  Rowman & Littlefield.

Delli Carpini, M. (2004).  “Meditating democratic engagement:  The impact of communications on citizens’ involvement in political and civic life.”  Handbook of Political Communication Research.  Mahwah, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum.

Hiwaki, K. (2011.)  Culture and Economics in the Global Community:  A Framework for Socioeconomic Development.

O’Leary: R.  (2006).  The Ethics of Dissent:  Managing Guerrilla Government. Washington D.C.:  CQ Press.

Roseland, M. (2005).  Toward Sustainable Communities:  Resources for Citizens and Their Governments.  British Columbia:  New Society.

Sandoval, C.  (2000).  Methodology of the Oppressed.  Minneapolis:  University of Minnesota Press.

Scheufele, D. (2002).  Examining differential gains from mass media and their implications for participatory behavior.”  Communication Research. 29(1).

Spitzer, R. (1993).  Media and Public Policy, Westport, CT:  Praeger

Tocqueville, A (1835/1973). Democracy in America.  New York:  Washington Square Press.

Turke, S. (April 22, 2012).  Opinion: The Flight from Conversation.”  New York Times.

Wilkins, K.  (2000).  “The role of media in public disengagement from political life.”  Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media.  44(4).

Wuthnow, R. (2002).  “The United States”  Bridging the privileged and the marginalized? “  Democracies in Flux:  The Evolution of Social Capital in Contemporary Society.  New York:  Oxford University Press.

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