Sharing stories of place to foster social learning

William P. Stewart, Troy D. Glover, James R. Barkley

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Sharing stories about places reveals the emotions of stakeholders and facilitates dialogue that promotes social learning beneficial to land-use planning. There are several entrenched forces in society that prevent planning from treating environments as places. “Learning circles” are one strategy to overcome these forces and lay a foundational dialogue for place-based conservation. The authors applied this approach in three cases and evaluated its effectiveness in: (1) valuing stakeholders’ emotional expression; (2) allowing participants to feel safe in sharing their place stories; and (3) recognizing that sharing place meanings can help create new public values for a landscape.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPlace-Based Conservation
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives from the Social Sciences
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9789400758025
ISBN (Print)9789400758018
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Civic discovery
  • Crisis of representation
  • Preplanning
  • Public involvement
  • Stakeholder emotions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Environmental Science


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