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My current area of focus and personal interest is in expanding the body of knowledge and building theory around “community archetypes”, and more specifically how women’s activism and leadership abilities are grounded in the unconscious “community archetypes”. Recognizing these “community archetypes” as brought forth by myself and Jim Kent can provide a basis for understanding the qualities that create a sense of purpose and motivation for women to come to community activism as well as enhance women’s effectiveness as community leaders. Part of Social Ecology is the discovery of these “community archetypes” in each community; who the caretakers are in the community; who are the bridgers, the historians, the communicators, etc., and how do these archetypes contribute to the individuals’ everyday life. Community planning and policy making is often an outgrowth of increased citizen involvement and participation in their local community. The very process of social ecology seems to foster a new level of hope for citizens within their communities. This inside out approach to public policy is both refreshing and needed in a new paradigm where people are empowered to make change happen.
Area(s) of Training
anthropology, applied anthropology, cultural anthropology, ethnography, other
Area(s) of Expertise
social ecology of women as transformational leaders
Most Recent Degree
Current Area of Employment
Self Employed: Social Ecologiist on various projects, Trainer: Social Ecology and Public Policy, Adjunct Professor: Southern Oregon University