2018 NAPA Webinar: The Use of Ethnographic Training Programs to Change Government and Corporate Management Paradigms
Date: December 12, 2018
Presenter: Kevin Preister, Ph.D.
The Center for Social Ecology and Public Policy (CSEPP), Inc.,
In the course of my career, I have been
involved in two large-scale experiments in applied social change at the
institutional level. The first was public land management through the Forest
Service and the Bureau of Land Management (1980s, peaked about 2000, still
ongoing). The second was the right-of-way industry through the International
Right of Way Association (IRWA) (from 2010-present). Right-of-way agents seek
to reach landowner agreements on easements for infrastructure projects, such as
a pipeline, powerline, highway, or government building. In each of the cases,
political controversy had reached a point where decision gridlock was the
norm--the government and corporate units had the legal authority to implement
their projects but not the social license because of high levels of citizen
resistance. They knew they had to re-tool their operations to do community
interface in a different way and we were there.
This program will review a methodology
(Social Ecology) of community description to understand current community
functioning, explore the conceptual framework presented to clients to justify
and develop alternative management approaches, and provide commentary as to the
real world setting of these experiments to assess the relative efficacy of these
applied anthropology projects.