Unite Our Understanding

Make sustainability a reality in your community.

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.

The central purpose of social fieldwork is to gather better information to inform better decisions. We focus attention on indicators of community well-being and ecosystem stewardship.

“Grange as Hub” for Social Fieldwork
On February 12, 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 begin March 15.

We invite you to join us in activities of the “Grange as Hub” for social fieldwork, a 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.

Interactive workshop series at the Chimacum Grange in Washington State
We will work towards a baseline of sustainability indicators. We begin in Sunday, April 12 at 4pm. Initial project results will be presented to the general community in October 2020.

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 series will run bi-weekly over three seasonal series in the Spring, Summer and again in Fall 2020. The series is by registration only. Sign up workshop series. No drop ins, but all are welcome to register. Registration open. If you do not like the idea of registering online, a phone call works just fine. 360 390 5253. We will give you a call back.

In the second phase – starting September 2020, the format will continue with practice in reflective dialogue, and will also include mini-workshops in social fieldwork methods. For instance, participants will be introduced to qualitative analysis and reporting. Community members may also begin to coordinate their own working groups. The exact level of oversight and support from the Institute will be established on a case-by-case basis in keeping with our mission and availability. Members of the emerging Guild network may offer support, as well.

The first series is limited to 20 people. If we have enormous interest, we will open new bi-weekly sessions and possibly in other locations. There will a waiting list. In case someone can’t participate once we have started, individuals on the waiting list may opt in to take their spot – differing views welcome. First come, first served from the list. If we open a new training and research series in a new location, you are welcome to attend the new location if it is closer for you.

NEXT OUTREACH EVENT – Webinar
Introduction to Social Fieldwork | First Year Study on Northern Olympic Peninsula
Webinar  • week of March 16th – specifics to be announced
updated 3/5/20, 10:18am

Previous OUTREACH EVENT was first slide presentation.  Nice group – good feedback.
Introduction to Social Fieldwork | First Year Study on Northern Olympic Peninsula
Jefferson County Library • Port Hadlock, Washington • Wednesday, February 26 6 pm PST
updated 2/26/20, 10:28am

HOST AN INTRO : Northern Olympic Peninsula Baseline Indicators Study | Unite our Understanding
We will host intros in your community around the region including Kingston, Poulsbo, Sequim and Port Angeles. We welcome you to host a house party or arrange for a public venue in your community or neighborhood. Be in touch. We also hope you will arrange among yourselves carpools for future region-wide training, reporting or discussion when based at the Chimacum Grange. We can arrange times to best match regional transportation schedules. On the wishlist: projector and portable screen.

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Partnering with local granges
We welcome your input. To prepare for Grange partnerships, please reflect on how best the “Grange” and Economics for Peace Institute may advance mutual objectives. From the Institute’s angle, we observe the mission of both the Grange and Economics for Peace Institute seem to align on a common theme. The organizations have for mission to sustain the essentials that connect us, as people, to each other and to our landscapes. Participatory conversation and social fieldwork are methods to make clear those essentials. The Grange Creed: “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials liberty; in all things, charity.” The Grange’s origins are to serve farming communities in ways that support livelihood, the food web and sustainability.

The Grange is a great place to begin, and for many reasons!

The practice of social fieldwork is strengthened by working through historic community gathering places. However, social fieldwork is not limited to working through existing institutions, such as the National Grange. Sound social fieldwork may be conducted in any setting in which people come together to make a positive difference for ethical, unbiased research to serve common interests. Social fieldwork results require participatory review and evaluation for validation.

The Institute proposes long-range studies with local Granges as partners. We plan to begin in Washington state and hope to expand to other states over time and on a community-by-community basis. Feel free to be in touch if you’d like to help us grow to other local granges.

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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