Inspired by the leadership of long-time SRM member and USFS employee Bob Mountain, Campfire Conversations are a lively collaborative dialogue around questions that matter for the future of the Society for Range Management and rangelands. These questions could be a single issue, controversy, challenge, or opportunity of immediate relevance to the Society for Range Management. Preference will be given to innovative, provocative, and complex topics with the potential to translate rangeland knowledge and transform the future of SRM. We encourage SRM committees and working groups, managers, researchers, advocates, outreach professionals, students and young professions to submit abstracts that flesh out the question for the Program Committee. Submitters of abstracts chosen for Campfire Conversations will work with the Campfire Committee to facilitate conversations following the World Café model (see description below). These conversations will take place Tuesday at the Denver meeting. A product of these Campfire Conversations are summary papers that will be submitted to Rangelands.
First, participants select a table for the first round of discussions (20-30 minutes) and the facilitator welcomes them with the directions and ground rules.
Then, the of participants around each table and the facilitator will dig into a topic question and the facilitator will record key insights on flip chart paper. The facilitator will moderate the discussion and ensure fair opportunities to contribute are available to all participants.
At the end of the first small group round, participants will move to another table. Once seated at a second table, they will hear a summary of the discussion developed by the last group from the facilitator and will then build upon this discussion with their own ideas. Rotation continues for 3-4 rounds.
Notes from the small group rounds will be synthesized into a summary document for use in writing papers for Rangelands.
We are also recruiting volunteer Campfire Conversation facilitators! Volunteers will commit to several conference call trainings, will attend the Campfire sessions as table leads, and will help synthesize the results of the discussions. If you are interested, please contact Hailey Wilmer (Hailey.Wilmer@usda.gov) or Terri Schulz (firstname.lastname@example.org).