Group Dynamics (May 24th)
It’s official. In the opening of the 21st Century, getting environmental work done in the U.S. (and probably in most other countries) requires that the public sector, the private sector, and government work together. No more just doing your own thing, figuring something out (e.g., ecosystems provide valuable services to society and therefore saves society money, creates healthier lives, etc.), and then waiting for everyone to just take care of it on their own (e.g., conserving ecosystems). Our ecological connections are just too intertwined and our political and economic connections bind us all together.
Bottom line. Spend your whole life learning to work with other people. It is not easy, and there are many potential skills that can make this easier. Your reading and listening this week were selected to help convince you that groups are important and working in groups takes skill. Some of these skills you can learn from books and listening to others’ advice. Some of these skills you have to learn by trial and error.
What’s your advice? Comment below….