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Social Sustainability Colloquium - Social Network Analysis and Simulations: Tools for Understanding Social Sustainability
Friday, March 2, 2012 - 2:00pm to Friday, March 2, 2012 - 4:00pm

PSU Social Sustainability Colloquium
Friday, 2-4 p.m.
ASRC 660

A full schedule of events occur every term. Send e-mail to Marion Sharp to be added to the e-mail list to receive the announcements. All events are free!

The last colloquium event of the term is Weds, March 21, 4:30-6pm SMSU 327/328 Shireman Memorial Lecture Featuring Shay Bilchik, Juvenile Justice Expert: If We Knew Then What We Know Now: Implications for Juvenile Justice Policy in America    RSVP For This Free Event

Friday, Mar 9 Creating Environmental and Socially Sustainable Communities Through Community Participation, Steven Reed Johnson, a community activist, researcher, educator, lecturer, consultant and adjunct professor at PSU

Portland: How do we create (and stay on) the path to true sustainability?

 Steven Reed Johnson chronicles the evolution of Portland's sustainability story back to the 1960s and 1970s when grassroots activists and government leaders took Portland on a radically different path than most other cities in America. He argues that Portland's sustainable community policies and programs are due to wide spread community participation. Summarizing talks he has given in 150 cities in 17 countries over the last 6 years, he discusses the importance of community governance, facilitation of the wisdom of crowds, "software" approaches to community problem solving, and the value of understanding the narrative of a community.

Presenter/Facilitator: Steven Reed Johnson
Steve Johnson has been a community activist, researcher, educator, lecturer and consultant for 35 years. He has worked with over 500 nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and businesses. He returned to university life in the late 1990s. His Ph.D. thesis, The Transformation of Civic Institutions and Practices in Portland, Oregon 1960-1999, (2001) was awarded the best dissertation of the year award on urban politics by the American Political Science Association. He is adjunct professor at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on citizen participation, community studies, urban watersheds, civic engagement and social institutions, urban planning, and healthy communities.

Want to know more? Check out these resources either before or after Friday’s presentation.

Friday, Mar 2 Social Network Analysis and Simulations: Tools for Understanding Social Sustainability, Teresa Schmidt and Jonathan Straus, Graduate students, Systems Science, PSU

Friday, Feb 24, Towards a Socially Sustainable Haiti: The Path Forward, Jennifer Loomis and Janeth Mosquera Becerra, PSU PhD students, Sociolog

Friday, Feb 17, Congruency: Creating the Landscape for Sustainable Change, Jeff Goebel

Friday, Feb 10, NW Environmental Health conference session: Search for Social Sustainability Through Promotion of Environmental Health Equity: A Case Study of University-Community Partnership in Portland, Oregon, Panelists: Eileen Brennan, Veronica Dujon, LeRoy Patton, Ben Duncan, Noelle Wiggins

Friday, Feb 3, Constructing Sustainability Science, Thad Miller, PhD

Friday, Jan 27, Ecological Sustainability, Food, and Human Rights: The Necessity of 'Action Ecology', M. Jahi Chappell, PhD

Friday, Jan 20, Sustainability for ALL, Hope Yamasaki

A brief history of the Colloquium

Begun in fall 2004, the Social Sustainability Colloquium is open to the entire campus and the broader community. The colloquium contributes to building the body of knowledge that constitutes Social Sustainability and has led to the launch of a Social Sustainability Network and publication of an edited volume, Understanding the Social Dimension of Sustainability (Dillard, Dujon & King, 2009), from which the working definition of social sustainability comes:

Social sustainability includes both the processes and the institutions that promote social health and well being in current and future generations, and the social practices necessary to facilitate greater environmental and economic sustainability.

A second volume is currently in process and has been accepted for publication: Social Sustainability: A Multilevel Approach to Social Inclusion.