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Jumping out of our Silo - Understanding each other's limits when working in cross-disciplinary projects that involve conservation, Indigenous Peoples and businesses. 
Convenor:
Olivier Hymas (University of Lausanne - UNIL)
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Format:
Roundtable
Sessions:
Monday 25 October, 13:00-14:30

Short Abstract:

Conservation projects are bringing together conservationists, social scientists and businesses in cross-disciplinary conservation projects that often involve Indigenous Peoples. The panel, with representatives from these disciplines, uses the Trolley dilemma to discuss their governance spaces.

Long Abstract

Conservation projects are bringing together conservationists, social scientists and businesses in cross-disciplinary conservation projects involving Indigenous Peoples. This has meant collaborations between actors having different values, rules and knowledge1 in governance spaces2 that may not overlap. Disparities that are rarely defined when undertaking cross-disciplinary projects, with the possibility that project decisions making come from different starting positions with different objectives.

Understanding these governance spaces becomes critical for successful cross-disciplinary conservation projects involving Indigenous People. By using the Trolley dilemma3, representatives from these disciplines, explore the fundamentals of these different spaces, including ideologies, objectives and limitations.

Trolley dilemma asks a person to choose between which of two tracks they will send a runaway Trolley. Each track blocked by people representing opposing ethical position; only one group can survive. In the context of conservation projects involving Indigenous Peoples, the unconscious ethical dilemma by conservationists, social scientists and businesses, based on each of their governance spaces, results in different ethical outcomes for the Trolley. Each will unconsciously prioritise their main interest, at the expense of others.

This panel, with stories of success, explores how we can better understand each other's governance spaces with their ideologies, values, knowledge, rules, objectives and limitations. Could a thought experiment involving all the actors at the start of cross-disciplinary project development improves the understanding of each other's unconscious decision and so increase project success?

1-Gorddard, R., et al (2016) Values, rules and knowledge

2-Clarke, W. (2017) Institutional density reconsidered

3-Edmonds, D. (2014) Would you kill the fat man

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