Workshop on Organized Reasoning and Environmental Assessment – April 29 or May 1, 2014

Environmental impact assessment constantly uses reasoning to reach conclusions. That process is called ‘argument’. Not argument meaning ‘quarrel,’ but argument meaning a series of reasons, leading to conclusions, targeted for a specific audience. Most professionals are not formally trained in organized reasoning. Therefore they do not know there are many techniques of argument that organize ideas and help an audience better understand the reasoning in written presentations. Assessments are complex documents and using the tools of argument can make them easier for audiences to understand. And easier for authors to write!

This six hour workshop will share guidelines for organized reasoning. These guidelines apply to all professional technical writing, but this workshop is targeted specifically to the challenges of environmental assessment. The workshop addresses principles of argumentation, points out common errors in EIA and shows how to bring better argument into technical report writing. It includes opportunities for discussion and practice, lunch and breaks for refreshment and networking. A handout documenting the main ideas will be provided.

The workshop will be limited to 20 people. It will be offered twice, so pick the date that is best for you. If you are interested but can't attend on these dates, please contact Jeff as we will offer additional workshops if demand warrants.


Dates: Offered two separate days - April 29 or May 1, 2014.   9 am to 4:30 pm.

Cost:   $150

Location: 1035 West Pender Street (Pender Street entrance of Oceanic Plaza), in the Pender Meeting Room. Vancouver, BC.

Registration and further information: contact Jeff Matheson, [email protected]


Workshop Leader: Dr. Glenn Brown has over 25 years’ experience as an ecologist and educator specializing in environmental management. He has worked on environmental projects for industry, government and non-governmental organizations in Canada and other countries. He currently teaches courses on Ecosystem Science and Management and on Analytical Thinking and Communications in the Master’s program in Environment and Management at Royal Roads University in British Columbia, Canada and works as an independent consultant.