T H E L O K A I N S T I T U T E
1999 Annual Community Research Network Conference
What Works, What Doesn't?
June 11-13, 1999, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
Thursday, June 10
9:00 - 3:00 Symposium on Public Health Implications of Genetic
Engineering: Applying the Precautionary Principle
3:00 - 6:00 Optional Workshop: Introduction to Community-Based Research
This workshop will be lead by experienced practitioners of community-based research, and will focus on questions such as What is community-based research? Why is it different from any other kind of research? What are some examples? And how can I be involved?. It will be interactive and geared toward people who have never been involved in a community-based research project before, but are curious to know more about it.
4:30 - 6:30: Farmer Research Networking
This part of the introductory workshop on community-based research will focus specifically on how farmers and agricultural/natural resource professionals can work together in response to farmer-initiated questions.
3:00 - 7:00 Optional Institutional Change Workshop
This workshop will explore both the theory and practice of how institutions change. Beginning with a theoretical overview, the presenter will lay the groundwork for easing the slowness and pain of change. Participants will explore change theory, case studies and reflect on their own experiences with institutional change in order to better affect change at their local institutions. Particular focus, though not limited, will be on change at land-grant universities and the US Department of Agriculture.
7:00 Reception and Poster Session (Early arrivals for the CRN conference and participants in the genetic engineering symposium are invited for light food and drinks. This will also be a chance for participants in both conferences to share posters of their work.) Located in the Campus Center Front Room (aka "Big Room")
9:00 Welcome remarks and Special Guest Artists (Campus Center, Big Room)
10:30 "Who are we?": Small group break-out sessions. A chance to meet people and get a feel for who is at the conference and who shares your interests.
12:00 Lunch (All meals are served in Valentine Hall)
[Note: All workshops, with few exceptions, will be discussion sessions where strategic visioning and participation is encouraged. Workshop leaders will be knowledgeable about the discussion topic and will be useful resources during the discussion but they will not necessarily be presenting answers or solutions.]
4:45 Break for free time (Dinner is served 5:15- 6:30)
7:30 Story Telling Session (Hamilton House)
8:00 Breakfast (served 7:00 - 8:30)
9:00 "International Community-Based Research: Expanding our Partnerships" (Campus Center, Big Room)
Elizabeth Hendron, Northern Ireland Science Shop (Belfast);
3:00 - 4:45
All participants divide into primary interest groups/cohorts:
8:00 Party with Live Music, dance, snacks and drink. (Hamilton House)
(Representatives from primary interest groups convene in a synthesis committee to develop a summary of strategies for presentation on Sunday morning)
Sunday, June 13
9:00 Building an action agenda (Campus Center, Big Room)
Meeting in groups that include members of all four "interest" groups. We will work from proposals developed during the course of the conference and the synthesis committee Sat. Evening, organized into these and other categories and relevant as much as possible to all special interest groups represented at the conference:
10:30 Closing Remarks
12:00 End of Community Research Network Annual Conference
The Loka Institute*, C.S. Mott Foundation*, W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Managing Information with Rural America (MIRA) Initiative*, The Bonner Foundation*, Consortium for Sustainable Agriculture Research Education*, Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty & Genocide, Childhood Cancer Research Institute, Science & Environmental Health Network, Youth Policy Institute, Applied Research Center*, CTCNet, Institute for Science and Interdisciplinary Studies, Center for Mutual Learning*, Institute for Community Research, Highlander Research & Education Center in Partnership with the Folk & People's Education Association of America
* Indicates Scholarship Sponsors
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