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Digitizing Holistic Environmental Stories

Complex, multi-spatial, and temporal environmental-societal problems are common and challenging to resolve since they persist for decades. Unresolved, history has shown us how societies are pushed to a tipping point and may collapse following unusual weather events. While available data has enabled us to discern broad environmental trends, our current models and decision frameworks continue a narrow, fragmented and disciplinary-based approach that increases the risk that societal and/or environmental collapse are likely to occur in the future.

Through community-academic collaborations, this proposal seeks to strengthen the resilience and capacity of multicultural groups located in rural communities across Eastern Washington. Vulnerable and underrepresented communities are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate changes; however, are seldom included in the development of solutions. This project will collaborate with local community leaders and youth to integrate a Native American knowledge-forming process to script digital stories. Stories will be action-oriented and visualize sustainable holistic solutions for complex and multidisciplinary environmental problems.

A project goal includes developing a tool and platform to communicate and inform decision-makers what the intervention points of local environmental problems are by contextualizing the interconnectedness among multiple information streams.

Research Team

Kristiina Vogt
Lead Principal Investigator
School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

 

 

Philip Fawcett
Co-Principal Investigator
Information School

 

 

Mike Marchand
Collaborator
Council Member Confederated Tribes of the Colville

 

 

Mike Tulee
Collaborator
United Tribes of All Tribes Foundation, Daybreak Star Center

 

 

Alexa Schreier
Collaborator
Program on the Environment

 

 

Daniel Vogt
Collaborator
School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

 

 

Samantha De Abreu
Collaborator
PhD Student