There is little doubt our social mechanisms, with their increasing lack of social cohesion and collaboration, are proving inadequate for addressing environmental concerns.
In Social Learning in Environmental Management the authors expand the approaches to the collective learning needed to help individuals, communities, experts and governments work together to achieve greater social and ecological sustainability.
The book provides practical frameworks and case studies to assist environmental managers in building partnerships that can support learning and action on issues arising from human impacts on the life-support systems of our planet.
The resulting guidelines and their practical applications provide key source material for undergraduate and postgraduate professional education in the fields of social and environmental sciences, political science, planning, geography and urban studies, and for professionals working in environmental management.
The framework outlined in Social Learning in Environmental Management offers a fresh approach to the overall dilemma of coordinating much-needed social change while avoiding the pitfalls of manipulative social engineering on the one hand, and a lack of concerted direction on the other.
Finally, and most importantly, the book involves the reader in the challenging task of reflecting on the foundations of their own society and their own learning. To make the process easier, the book provides some guidelines and models for exploring the process of, and the dimensions of, social learning for sustainability.
Emeritus Professor Valerie A. Brown
Local Sustainability Project
Fenner School of Environment and Society
Australian National University