Bruce Goldstein

Bruce Goldstein

Bruce Goldstein is Associate Professor in the Program in Environmental Design and the Program in Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, and core faculty in the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research. Bruce is particularly interested in how collaborative learning networks can catalyze transformation within individual communities and the professional cultures and traditional practices of resource management. Bruce is working on four projects – research and developmental evaluation of the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, studies of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Initiative and the Locally-Managed Marine Areas Network, and design and implementation of the National STEM Education Centers network.

In his own words...

I’m inspired by skilled facilitators who can enhance transformative capacity through collaborative learning. Over the last 40 years planning scholars have really nailed down how place-based collaboration can resolve intractable disputes – now we are seeing how innovative collaborative approaches such as learning networks can go beyond dispute resolution to promote transformative change. Network facilitators create network-wide coherence while enhancing community autonomy, so that communities can experiment with new ways of life that suit their unique circumstances, while sharing ideas and developing collective capacity to overcome powerful resistance to institutional change.

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