Sanyal and Service-Learning Students Assess Likely Futures For Moscow

Wednesday, April 14 2010

Nick Sanyal, associate professor of conservation social sciences and bioregional planning, and Liza Pulsipher, bioregional planning graduate student, facilitated two scenario-planning workshops, along with 28 conservation planning and management undergraduate students and three CSS/bioregional planning graduate students in Moscow on March 31 and April 7. The two public workshops were designed to envision and assess a range of likely futures for Moscow. At each workshop, students shared the analysis of the important factors shaping Moscow they discovered earlier in their service-learning project. During the project, students interviewed a wide variety of community members about the growth and development issues that Moscow currently faces.

The students are now using this shared knowledge to create and justify plausible scenarios of what the future of Moscow could be—what life in the region could look like in 20 or 30 years. The students will share their analysis and thoughts with the community at a meeting in City Council Chambers in early May. All of their information and their analyses will be available to the public.