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Campfire Conversations at the 2020 annual meeting: Insights & lessons learned from “cuss-and-discuss” rather than “chalk-and-talk”

May 24, 2021

• The 2020 SRM Annual Meeting piloted “Campfire Conversation,” round-table discussions styled after the World Café approach.

• The event attracted 280 attendees and enabled multidirectional knowledge exchange (i.e., “cuss and discuss”), rather than one-way “chalk-and-talk.” Attendees participated in three 20-minute facilitated round-table discussions around three topics they selected from a menu of 13 timely rangeland issues.

• Change was a common theme for many Campfire Conversations, including social, climatic, ecological, management, and policy changes.

• Participants highlighted a desire for SRM to grow as an organization by enhancing members’ opportunities and resources for multidirectional knowledge exchange among students, scientists, practitioners, and policy-makers; cross-generational mentorship; cross-disciplinary training; diverse ways of knowing; and greater inclusivity and connection to the SRM.

• A post-event analysis of the Campfire Conversation event revealed valuable lessons for organizing successful World Café-style sessions at future SRM meetings, including virtual meetings.

Publication Year 2021
Title Campfire Conversations at the 2020 annual meeting: Insights & lessons learned from “cuss-and-discuss” rather than “chalk-and-talk”
DOI 10.1016/j.rala.2021.04.003
Authors Terri T. Schulz, Hailey Wilmer, Heather M. Yocum, Eric M. Winford, Dannele Peck, Anna Clare Monlezun, Heidi Schmalz, Toni Klemm, Kathleen Epstein, Vincent Jansen, Windy Kelley, Retta A. Bruegger, Steven Fick, Joseph Gazing Wolf, Joshua Grace, Rebecca K. Mann, Justin D. Derner
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title The Rangelands Journal
Index ID 70223831
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Southwest Biological Science Center