Towards the Next Renaissance? Making Collective Decisions Combining Community, Expert and Organisational Knowledge
Collaborative decisions between community, specialists and government require a social transformation to achieve knowledge synthesis in this era of analysis. Action research documents the essential conditions for such a transformation.
||Knowledge Cultures, Integration, Synthesis, Collaboration, Collective Mind, Collective Decision-making, Sustainable Futures, Social Change
International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp.43-56.
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Emeritus Professor Valerie A. Brown AO, BSc MEd PhD
is currently a Visiting Fellow in the School of Resources, Environment and Society, at the Australian National University. As Director of the Local Sustainability Project, 1989 – present, she conducts research programs on the introduction of sustainability practices into public health, local government, and whole-of-community decision-making, working in all States of Australia, China, Fiji, Malaysia and Nepal. She has held major research grants from the Australian Research Council, and Federal Departments of Health and Aged Care, Environment and Heritage, and the National Office of Local Government. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1999, for national and international contributions to public and environmental health, and advocacy for sustainable development.
She has been a member of the senior national medical and scientific councils, NH&MRC, CSIRO, and the National Council of the Public Health Association 1984-1992. She is currently Vice-President of the Australian National Sustainability Initiative, and a member of the ACT Health Promotion Board, and the ACT Sustainability Expert Reference Group. Valerie is author of over 200 research papers and 12 books, the most recent books being:
- Sustainability and Health (with J.Grootjans, J.Ritchie, M.Towmsend, G.Verrinder) Allen & Unwin and Earthscan. 2005
- Social learning and Environmental Management (With M.Keen, and R.Dyball) Earthscan 2005
- Towards Whole-of-Community Engagement. (with H. Aslin) Murrray-darling basin Commission 2004.
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