Using the example of a biodiversity crisis, this case study enables students or workshop participants to see a situation from multiple perspectives. Although the crisis is global, the case involves four key individuals—a scientist, a policy analyst, a journalist, and a government agency administrator who all work in U.S. organizations and are key players in various networks. To get an in-depth exploration, the students/participants:
1) produce a timeline with the key events to understand the activities and strategies;
2) draw actor maps to show the connections and get an overall view of the system or the socio-environmental, political, economic landscape.
- Consider the importance of scale and context in addressing socio-environmental problems
- Find, analyze, and synthesize existing data, concepts, or methods