Archive for March, 2014

Art and Sustainability

The first Resilience Conference in Stockholm back in 2008 had a wonderful art exhibit on resilience and the themes of the conference.  I thought it was very moving to see our discussions in entirely new mediums.

Now one of my current students, Angela Cazel-Jahn, is creating a mural in downtown Phoenix about multiple aspects and concepts of sustainability.  While the images for the mural are under design, one fun idea for selecting themes and designs involves leaving images for people.  This idea builds off of one of her previous projects (see her website at  As the site describes “Out in the world, trustgallery exhibits just a couple of pieces at a time.  You might find them in carefully selected locations, at unexpected moments. I place the artwork here and there, and then I go off and live my life. Some pieces will be found, some will be taken, some will be paid for, some will be damaged or lost, some will be kept and treasured.”

For this project, various images will be left with scholars, practitioners, and others to get diverse perspectives on sustainability.  It lends a collaborative approach, which is key to resolving many sustainability challenges.

I look forward to seeing the final product!



New Project with Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society

Georgina Cundill and I are heading up a new project recently endorsed as a Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) working group that will focus on collaborative governance and management in support of resilience-based ecosystem stewardship:

For those not familiar with PECS, it is a new initiative in the ICSU’s set of programmes on global change.  Its aims are “to integrate research on the stewardship of social—ecological systems, the services they generate and the relationships among natural capital, human wellbeing, livelihoods, inequality and poverty.”

George and I are very excited for this opportunity and look forward to combining insights from field work in the US, South Africa, Australia, Canada, Sweden, and several other locales around the globe.  More to follow on these projects in the coming months.

New issue of International Journal of the Commons out

For the latest scholarship on the commons and common-pool resources, see the newest issue of the International Journal of the Commons, which was released late last week:

We are very excited about an issue that demonstrates:

  • A wide range of methodologies from social network analysis to historical analysis to systems dynamics models to case studies to econometric models and
  • A Czech Republic to South Korea to Bolivia to Spain to Japan to the United States

We would like to thank our authors, our reviewers, and most especially our readers for continuing to improve the quality of this journal.  Much thanks!