While the World Burns, a More Sustainable Future Is in the Making

At this very moment, wildfires rage across Southern California. These wildfires are only the latest in the increasingly volatile and destructive evidence of change in our climate. But there is hope. Even as the U.S. withdraws from the Paris Agreement – cities, states, and private companies are rushing to fill the void. Sustainability is becoming a win-win-win: environmentally, socially, and financially. The question is, are we too late?

In this episode, Christine Harada gives us an optimism that sustainability can prevail—and tangible proof that we can make it happen right in our own backyard.

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Belief Change in an Evolving Environmental Policy Network (Full Video)

The Consortium on Collaborative Governance is a three university partnership that studies how public problems are being solved by sectors working together.

This event brings Adam Douglas Henry from the University of Arizona his talk is titled:

Belief Change in an Evolving Environmental Policy Network

Networks are an important part of the policy process, and in many realms of environmental policy, networks exercise an important influence on the ability of actors to synthesize information and learn to manage complex risks. According to the Advocacy Coalition Framework, the dynamics of policy network formation lead to structures exhibiting belief-oriented segregation—that is, a high correspondence between shared policy beliefs and voluntary collaborative relationships. This paper examines these dynamics using a reanalysis of data on policy beliefs and networking in U.S. environmental risk policy.

The Consortium on Collaborative Governance (CCG) is a partnership between USC Price, the University of Arizona School of Government and Public Policy and the University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs. The CCG sponsors faculty exchanges to encourage collaboration and cultivation of joint research projects on public-private-nonprofit collaboration, placing emphasis on collective choice processes and public service delivery.

Heading towards a Network Theory of Effectiveness: Combining Structure and Governance

Despite the ever-increasing importance of networks as a societal phenomenon, network researchers in business, public management, and health care services still have only a marginal understanding of consciously created, goal directed inter-organizational networks consisting of three or more organizations (Provan, Fish, & Sydow, 2007). One of the few studies that address the effectiveness of those…