Community Circle for Common Ground – Chimacum Grange, Washington


Social fieldwork training and community research circles begin Weds, Nov. 10 at the Chimacum Grange. These will be ongoing on Wednesdays. Drop in welcome from 10am to 4pm in December 2021 and we will resume in February.  Our focus is baseline indicators of community well-being and ecosystem stewardship.

What is it about?

The central purpose of social fieldwork is to gather better information to inform better decisions. Through social fieldwork, you can protect and nourish your community in what matters most. You can be part of ensuring sound practice to inform local planning and to unite our understanding across many divides.

  • Do the community building to make sustainability a reality in your place-based community.
  • Unite your understanding with others across perceived divides to identify common ground.

Economics for Peace Institute promotes a focus on baseline indicators of community well-being and ecosystem stewardship for the purposes of planning, implementation and evaluation.

Timeline for Developing “Grange as Hub” for Social Fieldwork

On February 12, 2020, at a regular meeting of the Chimacum Grange, we introduced our prototypical first year study in community-based research. We received the green light to begin at Chimacum Grange. Fieldwork and trainings were set to begin March 15. We place posters around town about “Unite our Understanding.” We provided a well-attended introduction at the Jefferson County Library as covid-19 set in and the need to minimize contagion began.

Here we are – over a year later – beginning again.

We begin in December 2021 with Wednesday drop in gatherings. Initial project results will be presented to the general community in October 2022. We will work towards a baseline of sustainability indicators.

We invite you to join us in activities of the “Grange as Hub” for social fieldwork, a proto-typical framework for building momentum for reflective community, place-based research. We are conducting a regional social fieldwork training and a first year study for individuals in Kitsap, Jefferson and Clallam counties. Local community members join in bi-weekly practice in the skills to strengthen capacity for interactive discourse with purpose.

The simultaneous training and research will be in a participatory workshop format. Each session will support experiential hands-on practice in reflective dialogue and participatory conversations that matter. There will be mini-training modules to provide guidance and practice in i.appreciative inquiry, ii.participatory research, and iii. accurate and participatory recording.

The Guild for Social Fieldwork

We introduce and support the spread of social fieldwork by locals and planners. The focus of our work is strengths-based and positive. We draw on appreciative inquiry to energize long-range action. Social fieldwork and participatory action research is community research similar to citizen science and place-based research. In our application, social fieldwork is participatory research to inform evaluation of local programs and planning decisions.

Each Fall, we plan to accept a limited number of applicants to a social fieldwork coaching program to join with other fieldwork specialists around the country. Coaching support is available solely to participants who wish to conduct social fieldwork focused on sustainability indicators.

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