Title: Community Ecology and Capacity: Keys to Progressing the Environmental Communication of Wicked Problems.
Authors: Caron, Rosemary M; Serrell, Nancy
Published In Appl Environ Educ Commun, (2009 Jul 01)
Abstract: Wicked problems are multifactorial in nature and possess no clear resolution due to numerous community stakeholder involvement. We demonstrate childhood lead poisoning as a wicked problem and illustrate how understanding a community's ecology can build community capacity to affect local environmental management by (1) forming an academic-community partnership and (2) developing a place-specific strategy grounded in the cultural-experiential model of risk. We propose that practitioners need to consider a community's ecology and social context of risk as it pertains to wicked problems. These factors will determine how a diverse community interprets and responds to environmental communication and capacity-building efforts.
PubMed ID: 20686630
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