Final Day: Presentations & Finishing Up

For our final meeting

1. Each group presents project outcomes. You can use your poster as the presentation reference.
  • start with your Theory of Change framework / plan
  • detail challenges, changes, and “scrappy” characteristics of your effort
  • summarize the results
  • reflect on
    • did the theory (theory of change framework) help; positives and negative
    • biggest challenges of the effort
    • proudest moments
    • saddest moments
    • pearls of wisdom for future students in this class with similar projects

2. Input and Thoughts from LLI Group

3. Forward

  • practical details for the near future
    • summer efforts required?
    • documentation organized for Fall ’23 work (Kahlil, Logan)

3. Hugs and tearful goodbyes

Tuesday, May 2 10-1pm: Posters in Atrium (with Remote Sensing Projects)

  • Please attend whatever parts of this you can
  • LLI invited!
  • I think there is lunch
  • I think HS councellors are invited. Maybe some other dignitaries

Tuesday, May 9 at Noon: the final write up: details on Evaluation page

For Monday, April 17

May Move Out and Green Week are happening!

Each ENVS 399 group is working on the following:Ā 

1. Each group completes a week-by-week agenda thru the end of the semester for completing their work. This should be done by the end of class on Wed., April 12. Important to document any details that need to be settled. Judy has orders coming in, and can supply students with a credit card for in-person purchases.

2. Get going on the projects!

3. LLI & Group Excursions on Monday, April 17: The students will prepare for short rambles to some of the sustainability highlights on campus. Several groups will stay on the old campus (bioretention cells, storm drain net, Delaware Run restoration, etc.). The Chimney Swift tower group will walk over there (or drive if need be). One group is going flower shopping (Natives in Harmony). These excursions are completely optional and intended to take up the first hour of the meeting. The second hour is focused on continued work on the projects. Sustainability campus map.

4. Plan to have a small poster (about 19″ x 24″) for your project (draft) by next week Wed., April 19 for Krygier to review. We’ll use this in the Tuesday, May 2 session with Dr. Dr. Rowley’s Remote Sensing course (10am-1pm).

LLI+399: Monday, April 10

We are in the home stretch with course projects. Some are on schedule, some may have to be scaled back a bit, or implementation delayed. Look to the time left and ensure you have a practical timeline so the work does not get out of hand at the really busy end of the semester.

Regarding the end of the semester: See the Evaluation page: Due no later than May 9 at noon in shared folder.

My notes for Ostrom ch. 1-5 are below. For Monday’s discussion I’d like each group to take the design principles Ostrom outlined (see below for several versions) and apply them to your group’s project.

An example of this is in ch. 4 (on water governance) on page 76.

You should think on this a bit before class if you have the time.

The Uncommon Knowledge of Elinor Ostrom

Ch. 1: What’s So Tragic about the “Commons”?

  • Tragedy of the Commons: A very effective parable. Garrett Hardin (1968)
    • tragedy in terms of inevitable inabilty to escape (Greek tragedies)
    • population control, nativism, privatization: racism and human rights suppression in the name of environmental sustainability
    • Hardin’s parable was neat, plausible, and wrong
    • Ideology with little empirical, historical, tangible evidence
  • Ostrom: People can get together and collectively deal with many issues outside of institutions such as private property/economic market and heavy regulation.
  • Common-pool resources: management is tough without cooperation
  • Eight design principles as an approach to sustainable stewardship of common-pool resources
    • clearly defined boundaries
    • costs should match benefits
    • rules are made collectively by users
    • monitoring systems are in place
    • sanctions must be in place to punish violators
    • there must be conflict-resolution mechanisms
    • the system must have autonomy

Ch. 2: Los Angeles Ground Water

  • “public entrepreneurship” as an alternative
  • municipal governance: rather mundane origins of ideas with global impact
  • surfer etiquette

Ch. 3. Maine’s Lobster Gangs

  • Assumptions of Tragedy of the Commons: no one talks to each other! That just doesn’t happen.
  • Lobster governance: mix of state intervention and collective agreements

Ch. 4. Spain’s Ancient Water Court

  • how historically rooted cooperative institutions are – thousand year old Water Court
  • extensive canals, rules, court: not the work of government nor private sector
  • who looks at things like this? problem of silos in academia
  • how to study and assess these kinds of institutions – and pull out core values?
  • Ostrom’s Design Principles
    • The physical and social boundaries are clearly defined.
    • Locally tailored rules define resource access and consumption.
    • Individuals who are most affected by the rules can participate in rule making.
    • Resource monitors are accountable to resource users.
    • Graduated penalties can be imposed on rule breakers.
    • Conflict management institutions are accessible.
    • Authorities recognize a right to self-organize.
  • The principles applied to the Spanish Water System (p. 76)
  • some problems
    • commons governance works but
      • is not in the interest of institutions (capitalism) if more profit could be made under privatization
      • is not in the interest of government if controlled by private firms (capitalism) or corrupt

Ch. 5. Institutions for Collaborative Forest Management

  • “intentional communities” – utopian
    • communists!
  • Creating an agreed to a system of rules to govern a commons
  • Book: Governing the Commons (1990)
  • On not washing a rental car: you have to have some ownership stake
  • Is Ostrom’s approach too quaint, sweet, low on profits and high on ideals to really be more than a minor player in the world?

LLI+399: Monday, March 27

There is no roadmap for the combined ENVS 399 Sustainability Practicum and the Lifelong Learning Institute course Sustainability in Practice: OWU and Delaware.

For the rest of the semester, these two courses will meet together on Monday of each week from 2:10-4 pm. It’s never been done before!

We’ve outlined an approach that combines conceptual ideas (Theory of Change, Elinor Ostrom’s work on collective action) with the half-dozen practical projects the class is working on this semester (information here).

Monday, March 27: Our first meeting with the LLI group, and we must keep moving on our projects. A flurry of progress last week and stuff to get going on this week!

As the LLI folks have read the proposals, minus the revised plan for planting natives / seed bombing in out-of-the-way places, I propose this agenda:

  1. Introduction from Karen Crosman and quick intros from the LLI people.
  2. 399ers get in groups and quickly introduce yourselves (name, year, major, etc.). Say which project you are working on, and list the pressing issues you are working on this week.
  3. Graham says a bit about theĀ Theory of Change framework we are using, and others can chime in. We have handouts (see below).
  4. We will then roughly assign the LLI folks to each of the 399 groups: I know this is complicated as there is some overlap in your groups. We will use these assigned groups for small-group discussions of the projects and readings.
  5. The 399+LLI groups will then break up and discuss and plan and get on top of what is vital to accomplish this week.

The LLI students will see 399 student work, provide input, and get involved. At the same time, the LLI students will get some theoretical stuff (they read scrappy sustainability paper, the Theory of Change stuff, the Ostrom book coming up).

We can use W meeting times for meetings with partners. The Vegan Squad is coming Wed around 2:30 (or maybe 2:10). I also suggested 3pm for a Ā meeting with AVI.

For Monday, April 3:
  • read and be ready (in your smaller groups) to discussĀ Uncommon Knowledge,Ā ch. 1-3.
  • group discussions and work on the projects (LLI + 399)
  • discuss some field visits, campus walks, and other events to accompany

Handouts for Monday, March 27