Social learning and innovation. Ice fishing communities on Lake Mille Lacs

Kristof Van Assche*, Raoul Beunen, Jeff Holm, Ming Lo

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Abstract

Social learning took place largely outside the sphere of government and spurred substantial technological and institutional innovation. Unique patterns of networks, informal institutions and social learning environments delineate options for social learning that are more likely to succeed, to lead to implementation. The history of social learning on lake Mille Lacs showed that new formal institutions are not necessarily the best sites for social learning, and that forms of innovation and modes of learning cannot be separated. Interdependence and shared goals, and flexibility in role distribution appear as success factors. The diversity of learning sites in a community should not be understood as a problem, as an obstacle to central steering and education by government: it enables the community to adapt and survive. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-242
Number of pages10
JournalLand Use Policy
Volume34
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Social learning
  • Innovation
  • Participatory environmental governance
  • Success factors
  • Ice fishing
  • NATURAL-RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
  • ECOLOGICAL-SYSTEMS
  • ENVIRONMENTAL-MANAGEMENT
  • MANDATED COLLABORATION
  • ADAPTIVE COMANAGEMENT
  • DANUBE DELTA
  • RIVER-BASIN
  • GOVERNANCE
  • PARTICIPATION
  • RESILIENCE

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