Environmental Problem Solving: A How-To Guide / Edition 1

Environmental Problem Solving: A How-To Guide / Edition 1

by Jeffrey W. Hughes
     
 

Environmental activists sometimes have preconceived ideas of environmental protection and problem solving. They react emotionally to news of deforestation or a planned big-box store without thinking about the problem logically, and they may automatically regard foresters and corporations as opponents. As their views harden, discourse turns acrimonious, and it becomes… See more details below

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Environmental activists sometimes have preconceived ideas of environmental protection and problem solving. They react emotionally to news of deforestation or a planned big-box store without thinking about the problem logically, and they may automatically regard foresters and corporations as opponents. As their views harden, discourse turns acrimonious, and it becomes ever more difficult to find satisfactory Solutions.

This book teaches those on both sides of the table to address their own preconceptions and approach hard issues critically, methodically, and fairly. Hughes combines aspects of the decision-making process from the fields of business, management, and communication science based on extensive research and ample practical experience in the field and classroom. He creates a logical framework to help guide thinking from identifying a problem to finding its solution. Using examples drawn from real-life situations, Environmental Problem Solving will become an invaluable guide for environmentalists, agency professionals, consultants, students, naturalists, and concerned citizens.

About the Author:
Jeffrey W. Hughes is the Director of the Field Naturalist Master's Degree Program in the Department of Botany and an Associate Professor in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Vermont

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584655923
Publisher:
Vermont
Publication date:
04/30/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
What Problem-Solving Success (and Failure) Looks Like
How to Avoid Strangling Other Problem Solvers
How to Think More Like Albert Einstein and Less Like Homer Simpson
“DOC’S KEY”: A Road Map to Problem-Solving Success
Soapboxes, Bandwagons, and Real Problems:
The “D” in DOC’S KEY
The Yellow Brick Road: The “O” and “C” in DOC’S KEY
How to Pull Ideas Out of Thin Air: The “S” in DOC’S KEY
How to Make Decisions That You Won’t Regret Later: The “K” in DOC’S KEY
How to Make Good Strategies Better: The “E” and “Y” in DOC’S KEY
Another Look at Problem-Solving Success and Failure
Go Forth and Move the World! (Part I)
Go Forth and Move the World! (Part II)
Bibliography
Index

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