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Working Together to Get Things Done

Dates: Tuesday, May 7 & Wednesday, May 8

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: RIDEM, 235 Promenade St., Providence, RI

Materials:

Attendee List

PowerPoint Presentation

Participant Workbook

Collaborative Learning Guide

Description: This two day training is designed to build capacity to work collaboratively with people who have different priorities, viewpoints, and knowledge to achieve mutual goals. It will provide opportunities for you to apply what you are learning to issues that are applicable to your work. Come prepared to work in teams and generate ideas; you’ll emerge with skills and ideas that will help you in your professional life.

The training is based on Collaborative Learning, a rigorous methodology for sharing knowledge and expertise, building effective partnerships, designing and implementing research, and getting things done in complex systems like natural resource management. While this training is designed for people whose work requires them to facilitate or manage collaborative projects, all participants are welcome. As part of this training you will be able to…

• Understand the principles of Collaborative Learning;

• Practice the basic steps of Collaborative Learning;

• Articulate the benefits of applying Collaborative Learning to familiar situations;

• Identify opportunities for, and barriers to, the use of Collaborative Learning in your work;

• Identify your role in a Collaborative Learning process;

• Work in small groups to evaluate an issue of interest and adapt Collaborative Learning to improve that situation.

Audiences: Anyone who values the use of science to improve resource management. Whether you generate scientific information or apply it to make decisions, this training will help you work more effectively with others to reach shared goals. You will get maximum benefit from this course if you attend with a team of three to five people interested in addressing a common issue or problem.

About the Trainer

Dr. Christine Feurt uses Collaborative Learning daily in her work with coastal managers, municipal officials, fellow scientists, and outreach professionals. As the Coastal Training Program Coordinator at the Wells NERR, she applies Collaborative Learning to protect sources of drinking water, implement Low Impact Development, and develop indicators of ecosystem health in southern Maine’s watersheds. Her research and experience using Collaborative Learning has been synthesized in the “Collaborative Learning Guide for Ecosystem-Based Management.” It also informs the classes she teaches at the University of New England.

Chris has worked as a coastal ecologist, educator, and natural resource manager in national parks, refuges, universities and coastal communities around North America for 30 years. She received her PhD in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England in 2007.

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