ENVS 435: Transformative Change in Building Sustainable Communities Report a Broken Link

Unit 1

Yerbury, H. (2012). Vocabularies of community. Community Development Journal, 47(2), 184–198.
Bhattacharyya, J. (2004). Theorizing community development. Community Development, 34(2), 5–34.
Berry, W. (1995). Conserving communities. Another turn of the crank. Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint.
Sachs, W. (2013, March). Liberating the world from development. New Internationalist, 460, 22–27.

Unit 2

Magro, K. M. (2001). Perspectives and theories of adult learning. In D. H. Poonwassie & A. Poonwassie (Eds.), Fundamentals of adult education: Issues and practices for lifelong learning (pp. 76-97). Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing
Reading and Viewing
Blackburn, J. (2000). Understanding Paulo Freire: Reflections on the origins, concepts, and possible pitfalls of his educational approach. Community Development Journal, 35(1), 3–15.

Case Study: Viewing and Reading

Edmonton Nature Club & Tofield, AB. Snow Goose Chase. Website.

Unit 3

Ice Breaker Resources


Developed by the Catalyst Centre

Ten Steps to Community Development
Ten Steps to Community Development

Note that these Ten Steps are part of an online course on Community Development Strategies developed by the Ontario Heathy Communities Coalition.

Community Tool Box
Community Tool Box
FoodShare Workshop Tools
Guidelines for Democratic Participation
Square Wheels
Kretzmann, J. P., & McKnight, J. L. (1993). Releasing individual capacities. Building communities from the inside out: A path toward finding and mobilizing community’s assets (pp. 13–49). Chicago: Centre for Urban Affairs and Policy Research/ACTA Publications.

This is a foundational text on asset mapping.

Fuller, T., Guy, D., & Pletsch, C. (2002). Asset mapping: A handbook. The Canadian CED Network.

There are some good asset-mapping workshops in this handbook.

Case Study: Viewing and Reading
Crawford, M. (2010, July 27). Kitscoty starts work on extensive walking trails throughout the village. Vermillion Standard.

Unit 4

Reading and Viewing
McGregor, D. (2006). Traditional ecological knowledge. Ideas: The Art and Science Review, 3(1), 6 p.p.
Gilchrist, G., Mallory, M., & Merkel, F. (2005). Can local ecological knowledge contribute to wildlife management? Case studies of migratory birds. Ecology and Society 10(1), 20 pp.  
Berkes, F. (2009). Indigenous ways of knowing and the study of environmental change. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 39(4), 151–156.
de Beer, F. (2013). Community-based natural resource management: Living with Alice in Wonderland? Community Development Journal, 48(4), 555–570.
Berry, T. (2009). The world of wonder. The sacred universe: Earth, spirituality, and religion in the twenty-first century (pp. 170–177). New York: Columbia University Press.
Savage, C. (2012). Home truth. A geography of blood: Unearthing memory from a prairie landscape (pp. 169–186). Vancouver, BC: David Suzuki Foundation/Greystone Books.

If you enjoy this chapter of A Geography of Blood, you may want to track down the book and read it in its entirety, particularly if you choose Option B for Assignment 7: Final Project, which uses A Geography of Blood as an example.

Unit 5


Reading and Viewing
Christensen, J. (2012). Telling stories: Exploring research storytelling as a meaningful approach to knowledge mobilization with Indigenous research collaborators and diverse audiences in community-based participatory research. Canadian Geographer, 56 (2), 231–242.

Note Christensen’s caution that there are privileges that come with sharing community stories around a topic of concern, and her emphasis on the need for integrity and ethical conduct in the process.

Epp, R. (2012). Off-road democracy: The politics of land, water, and community in Alberta. In D. Taras and C. Waddell (Eds.), How Canadians communicate IV: Media and politics (pp. 259–279). Edmonton, AB: Athabasca University Press, pp. 259-279.

Epp mentions the YouTube video Julie’s Story as an example that illustrates how community members voiced their concerns about losing their land due to oil and gas development told through a digital story.

Unit 6

Cronkhite, L. (2000). Development education: Making connections North and South. In T. Goldstein & D. Selby (Eds.), Weaving connections: Educating for peace, social and environmental justice (pp. 146–167). Toronto: Sumach Press.
Ghere, R. K. (2013). Slippery terminology: Strategically crafted rhetoric in development and human rights. In NGO leadership and human rights (pp. 23–54, bib. pp. 273–293). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.
New Internationalist. (2013, March). World progress 1970–2010—The facts. New Internationalist, 460, 16–17.
Esteva, G. (2010). Development. In W. Sachs (Ed.), The development dictionary: A guide to knowledge as power (pp. 1–23). London: Zed Books.
Peet, R., & Hartwick, E. (2009). Critical modernism and democractic development. In Theories of development: Contentions, arguments, alternatives (2nd ed.) (pp. 277–291, refs. pp. 292–313). New York, NY: The Guilford Press.

Note: This is selection is Chapter 8, the last in the book.

Steger, M. B. (2009). The roots of market globalism. In Globalisms—The great ideological struggle of the twenty-first century (3rd ed.) (pp. 1–19). Toronto: Rowman & Littlefield.
Keough, N., Grandinetti, L., & Carmona, E. (1995). Tales of the Sari-Sari: In search of Bigfoot. Convergence, 28(4), 5–15.

Unit 7

Reading and Viewing
McKibben, B. (2005, July). A grand experiment. Gourmet.
Auge, K. (2010, September 5). Spoiled system: The message is clear: Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. But a complicated mix of factors prices them out of reach of many. The Denver Post, A-1.
DeWeerdt, S. (2009, May/June). Is local food better? World Watch Magazine, 22(3).
DeLind, L. B. (2011). Are local food and the local food movement taking us where we want to go? Or are we hitching our wagons to the wrong stars? Agriculture and Human Values, 28(2), 273–283.
Edmonton Community Foundation & Edmonton Social Planning Council. (2013). Edmonton VitalSigns 2013: Food security. Edmonton, AB: Edmonton Community Foundation & Edmonton Social Planning Council.
Barndt, D. (2002, Spring/Summer). Fruits of injustice: Women in the post-NAFTA food system. Canadian Women Studies, 21(1), 82–88.
Kiggins, E., & Erikson, S. L. (2013). “No food in the house”: Policy ambiguity, inaction, and food insecurity. Community Development Journal, 48(4), 623–638.


Unit 8

Reading and Viewing
Shiva, V. (2013, November 1). How economic growth has become anti-life. The Guardian.
Nike. (2010). Nike, Inc. Code of Conduct. Nike.
Bigelow, B. (1997, October). The human lives behind the labels: The global sweatshop, Nike, and the race to the bottom. Phi Delta Kappan, 78(2), 112+. Academic OneFile.
Lawson, N., & Potts, R. (2013, June). Can shopping be a form of activism? New Internationalist, 463, 32–34.
Johnston, J., & Cairns, K. (2012). Eating for change. In S. Banet-Wiser and R. Mukherji (Eds.), Commodity activism: Cultural resistance in neoliberal times (pp. 219–239). New York: New York University Press.

Unit 9

Reading and Viewing
Swift, J., Davies, J. M., Clarke, R. G., & Czerny, M., S. J. (2003). Introduction: Welcome to social analysis, and Conclusion: We have just begun. In Getting started on social analysis in Canada (4th ed.) (pp. 1–5, pp. 193–204; Notes: p. 205, p. 219). Toronto: Between the Lines.
Sze, J., & London, J. K. (2008, July). Environmental justice at the crossroads. Sociology Compass, 2(4), 1331–1354.
Hopkins, R. (2013, October 23). Rob Hopkins on transition and the power of just doing stuff. Medford, MA: Tuffs University.

Note that in this video Hopkins’s talk starts about 15 minutes in, and ends at about 41 minutes.

Buffet, P. (2013, July 26). The charitable-industrial complex. New York Times.

If you’d prefer to hear Peter Buffet explain his critique of philanthropy and how a rich charity got it wrong, listen to this CBC Radio Q interview.


Assignment 3 Viewing and Reading

Bushe, G. R. (2013). The appreciative inquiry model. In E. H. Kessler (Ed.), Encyclopedia of management theory. Thousand Oaks, CA : Sage Publications.
Assignment 4 Reading
Vanderklippe, N. (2013, August 10). How Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline lost its way. The Globe and Mail. Website.
Goodine, C. (2011, October). Fracking friction.Canadian Geographic, 131(2): 28.
Giese, R. (2008, June). What it takes to fix a toxic town. Chatelaine, 81(6), 237–240, 242, 244, 246, 248.
Assignment 5 Reading
Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG). (2012). The supermarket tour. Peterborough, ON: OPIRG.
Newcombe, T. (2003). Make trade fair. PowerPoint presentation.Oxfam Canada.
Oxfam Canada. (2000). Putting food on the global table. Annual Food Day kit. Oxfam Canada.
Assignment 5 Jeopardy Game Resources
Oxfam Canada. (2006). Trade—A world in jeopardy. Jeopardy game board. Oxfam Canada.
Oxfam Canada. (2006). Trade—A world in Jeopardy—Answers. Jeopardy game board answers. Oxfam Canada.
Assignment 6 Viewing and Reading
Anielski, M. (2013, August 21). Ensuring sustainable happiness through local food security for Edmonton: A case for conserving Edmonton’s prime food lands. Edmonton, AB: Anielski Management website.
Smith, A., & MacKinnon, J. B. (2005, June 28). Living on the 100-mile diet. The Tyee.
Assignment 7 Digital Storytelling Resources
Banse, L. (2013). Seeing is believing: A guide to visual storytelling best practices. Visual Story Lab website. Resource Media.
Educational uses of digital story telling. University of Huston Education.
The Goodman Center. (2014). Resources: A little help for our friends. Goodman Center website.

The Goodman Center is devoted to teaching people how to communicate to further good causes, and focuses in particular on the power of storytelling.

Meisel, D. (2013). Storytelling: Why it matters and how to get it right. Resource Hub. ClimateAccess website.
Roosevelt, M. (2010, July 13). Teaching “stuff” about ecology. Los Angeles Times website.

This article gives you more information about the [hi]story of Annie Leonard’s founding of The Story of Stuff Project.

Stevens, J. Tutorial: Multimedia storytelling: Learn the secrets from experts. Advanced Media Institute, University of California Berkeley.  
The Story of Stuff Project website.

This website includes many examples of digital storytelling being used to educate and engage people on environmental issues.

Wilson, C. What is digital storytelling and how to get started. Athabasca University e-Lab.

This workshop introduces digital story telling, gives suggestions for creating your own story, and directs you to a variety of digital storytelling resources.

Assignment 7 Reading
Bigelow, B. (1997). The human lives behind the labels: The global sweatshop, Nike, and the race to the bottom. Phi Delta Kappan, 78(2).
Top ten tips for commodities research. Simon Fraser University Library.
Journal of Consumer Research.

Course Videos

Al-Pac VideoOLD

Al-Pac video