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Table 4.

Effects of Plural Valuation and Strategic Planning Through Utopia on the Individual, Organizational, Collective Action, and Governmental Policy Dimensions Related to the Experience of the Forest Stewards Network.

DimensionEffects

Individual

 

Learnings and attitudinal changes:

motivation, hope, and commitment to the network’s processes

greater clarity in the objectives, activities, and responsibilities

greater identity with the network, connection, and appreciation of the constructed “we”

strengthened bonds of friendship

a deeper understanding of commonalities and differences

recognition of the importance of attentive listening, nonjudgment, and curiosity toward the other person

increased capacity for participatory methods

recognition of the value of utopia

 

Organizational

 

Changes in collective strategies:

inclusion and integration of more diverse voices as priority, especially those of peasants, other inhabitants of the PA and young people

promotion of concrete, continuous, and diverse actions that allow broader participation and strengthen the joy of collective work

more attention to sustainable farming practices

art and celebration as important elements to generate a sense of community and territorial identity

critical relationship with government, demanding rights and actions, in order to generate public commitments and carry them out

self-management and autonomy in terms of funds and decision making

action focus beyond the PA, including all green areas to move toward a network of forests, jungles, rivers, and “good life” (buen vivir)

more stable, organized network with more autonomous nodes guided by a shared horizon

generation of strategies to strengthen participatory methodologies for integration

cultivation of emotional links and ties in the network

 

Collective action

 

Activities and processes:

Landscape Restoration Network focusing on native cloud forest trees

course on Participatory Methods for a Shared Management of the Territory [63] and Transformative Learning Tours [64]

Itinerant Community Film Festival of the Earth (FICCTerra)

Solidarity Economy Network “La Gira”

materials that make local regulations accessible

creation of diverse spaces for dialogue and awareness raising in the local communities

improved will and mobilization capacity in reaction to particular episodes of threat in the territory

 

Governmental decision making and action

 

State level:

a series of workshops was organized in conjunction with the Secretariat of Environment and the Environmental Prosecutor’s Office of Veracruz

collaboration in attending to some complaints—a collaborative process that had been lost with the change of administration

Municipal level:

collaboration in the organization of biocultural and other local festivals

meetings to inform and give feedback on specific projects

presence in citizen committees and financing for network projects

 
DimensionEffects

Individual

 

Learnings and attitudinal changes:

motivation, hope, and commitment to the network’s processes

greater clarity in the objectives, activities, and responsibilities

greater identity with the network, connection, and appreciation of the constructed “we”

strengthened bonds of friendship

a deeper understanding of commonalities and differences

recognition of the importance of attentive listening, nonjudgment, and curiosity toward the other person

increased capacity for participatory methods

recognition of the value of utopia

 

Organizational

 

Changes in collective strategies:

inclusion and integration of more diverse voices as priority, especially those of peasants, other inhabitants of the PA and young people

promotion of concrete, continuous, and diverse actions that allow broader participation and strengthen the joy of collective work

more attention to sustainable farming practices

art and celebration as important elements to generate a sense of community and territorial identity

critical relationship with government, demanding rights and actions, in order to generate public commitments and carry them out

self-management and autonomy in terms of funds and decision making

action focus beyond the PA, including all green areas to move toward a network of forests, jungles, rivers, and “good life” (buen vivir)

more stable, organized network with more autonomous nodes guided by a shared horizon

generation of strategies to strengthen participatory methodologies for integration

cultivation of emotional links and ties in the network

 

Collective action

 

Activities and processes:

Landscape Restoration Network focusing on native cloud forest trees

course on Participatory Methods for a Shared Management of the Territory [63] and Transformative Learning Tours [64]

Itinerant Community Film Festival of the Earth (FICCTerra)

Solidarity Economy Network “La Gira”

materials that make local regulations accessible

creation of diverse spaces for dialogue and awareness raising in the local communities

improved will and mobilization capacity in reaction to particular episodes of threat in the territory

 

Governmental decision making and action

 

State level:

a series of workshops was organized in conjunction with the Secretariat of Environment and the Environmental Prosecutor’s Office of Veracruz

collaboration in attending to some complaints—a collaborative process that had been lost with the change of administration

Municipal level:

collaboration in the organization of biocultural and other local festivals

meetings to inform and give feedback on specific projects

presence in citizen committees and financing for network projects

 

Note: PA = protected area.

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