We'd like to encourage you to attend the "Institutional Change Workshop",
led by Duane Dale <http://www.mindspring.com/~dfdassoc> and
Kim Leval <http://www.csare.org>, on
Tuesday, October 12 from 8:00 am to 12 noon
right before the Small Farms Conference in St. Louis, MO.
The workshop fee is $15, payable at the workshop.
The workshop is limited to 40 so register early!
How effective are we at changing institutions to better
serve the public interest? Change is often a slow and painful
process, especially when whole institutions are in the midst of
change or are subject to outside pressures. This workshop will begin
with an introduction to the dynamics of institutions, how
institutions change and how to promote change. From this theoretical
foundation, participants will explore change theory, case studies and
reflect on their own experiences with institutional change in order
to better affect change at their local institutions. Discussion will
include agricultural colleges, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and
other agricultural research institutions accountable to the public in
the US. We wish to create a diverse and meaningful
learning community from which we can later draw from and network
The workshop will examine these key areas:
* Where we're headed - our visions for a world in which our change efforts
* Successes so far - our stories of recent change efforts.
* The search for how to make effective change happen - the kernels of
insight, gleaned from theory and from practice, which can guide our efforts
in the future.
Duane and Kim will provide a "field guide to change logics" based on
contemporary thinking about institutional change from social science and
from organization development. They will then provide case studies and
as we look for the change logics at work in our recent experience and
identify the approaches which are proving to be most productive.
Those who will benefit from this workshop include: farmers/ranchers;
policy makers; community food security, environmental, and sustainable
agriculture activists; extension agents and educators; university faculty
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THE WORKSHOP,
PLEASE LET Kim Leval know ASAP by email:
or phone: 541/687-1490.
To help the organizers to plan the best possible workshop, we would
appreciate your brief response to the following questions. Please reply
to Kim at email@example.com as soon as you receive this message
1. What are your specific interests in institutional change?
2. What is your background? (farmer/rancher, extension educator, student,
scientist, non-profit staff, policy-maker, academic, other)
3. What are your two most important learning goals for the workshop? What
do you most want to come away with?
Kim Leval and Duane Dale
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