Talking green: From Oz to Oz

Gibson, Huston, Vella, Karen, Dedekorkut-Howes, Aysin, & Sipe, Neil (2015) Talking green: From Oz to Oz. In 55th Annual ACSP Conference, 22-25 October 2015, Houston, TX. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This paper is an extension of Talking Green in Red States: Stories from the Great Plains (Gibson et al., 2014) that examined the communication strategies of planners involved in sustainability planning initiatives in the U.S. Great Plains. We expand these narratives beyond the Great Plains to Queensland, Australia by interviewing planners about their experiences when communicating and deliberating about issues of sustainability. Using a semi-formal structure, interviews are conducted as casual “coffee talks” (Maynard-Moody & Musheno, 2003). Together, these collected stories help us to understand how planners are “talking green” in conservative political atmospheres, across vastly differing geographies using an international comparative framework described by Reimer et al. (2014).

The paper presents comparisons between the collected narratives, concerning similarities and differences in regard to the nuances of sustainability planning dialog. We relate the lessons learned about communication strategies of planners working in sustainability in Kansas and Queensland to the broader discourse of planning and politics, communicative planning and planning as storytelling, as they relate to sustainability planning in challenging situations.

From this paper, the audience will better understand how:

1) to discuss environmental and sustainable planning in communities that have varying levels of distrust and suspicion towards these concepts;

2) to develop strategies to work around these planning communication issues, and;

3) international context affects these communication challenges.

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ID Code: 90104
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Sustainability, Communication, Australia, Storytelling, international comparative research
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Land Use and Environmental Planning (120504)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 10 Nov 2015 23:03
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2015 18:39

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