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Monday, November 2, 2015

Friday, November 6: Procaffeination Hour Discussion

Please join us for this week's WGSA Workshop, as Brian Crawford leads a discussion on How to change people’s behavior as it relates to conservation behavior change. This workshop is part of the Procaffeination Hour and will be held in the Dean's Conference Room 2-201A on Friday, November 6, 9:30 am- 10:30 am. Details of the workshop are described below. Hope to see you there!

Do people ever change their behavior? If so, how does this happen in society? If we understand how it happens, should we incorporate efforts to facilitate behavior change into broader conservation strategies? Usually when we think about human behavior in Warnell, it’s associated with development of habitat, overharvesting of resources, spread of invasives, or other actions that put species at risk. Yes, human behaviors are problems that contribute to most of the human-natural resource conflicts we study – but changing these behaviors has been recently emphasized as a crucial component for conservation solutions.

workshop will be an open discussion about how behavior change happens and how we might use this for conservation outcomes. We can all draw from our own projects and interests to discuss how education and outreach, social media, and public involvement can potentially lead to behavior change. If you have time, look over the short (~3pp.) article below to help generate some ideas about behavior change in the context of conservation. Looking forward to it!

Materials: “Conservation Means Behavior” (Schultz 2011)