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The Oak Ridges Moraine as a Social Innovation: Strategic Vision as a Social-Ecological Interaction

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dc.contributor.author McCarthy, Daniel D. P.
dc.contributor.author Whitelaw, Graham S.
dc.contributor.author Westley, Frances R.
dc.contributor.author Crandall, Debbe D.
dc.contributor.author Burnett, David
dc.date.accessioned 2014-04-23T14:08:52Z
dc.date.available 2014-04-23T14:08:52Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9350
dc.description.abstract "The Oak Ridges Moraine (ORM) case is unique in that it represents a social innovation in Canadian, if not North American, ecosystem-based land-use planning. A social innovation is an initiative, product, process, or program that profoundly changes the basic routines, resources, and authority flows or beliefs of any social system. Successful social innovations have durability and broad impact. We interpret the narrative of the ORM conservation process to explore the utility of an emerging social innovation conceptual model, the ‘vision as social interaction’ framework using resilience thinking and the role of vision in social change within complex social-ecological systems. Qualitative data from two interrelated studies of the moraine were reinterpreted and include 38 in-depth, semistructured interviews conducted between 2004-2006, as well as extensive participant observation at over 50 moraine conservation meetings, workshops, and events. The results of our study indicate that emerging model of social innovation can be linked with other models of ‘radical change’ such as those that employ concepts like ‘policy windows’ to describe opportunities for continued innovation once an initiative has reached the routinized phase. Just as with the panarchy cycle, when a social-ecological system reaches the conservation phase, the system has a propensity to collapse and reorganize. Rather than seeing this as the end of an initiative or program, such as is the case with the ORM, stakeholders can see it as an opportunity for reorganization with newly released resources and new opportunities." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject social-ecological systems en_US
dc.subject innovation en_US
dc.title The Oak Ridges Moraine as a Social Innovation: Strategic Vision as a Social-Ecological Interaction en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region North America en_US
dc.coverage.country Canada en_US
dc.subject.sector Land Tenure & Use en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 19 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth March en_US

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