Environmental and socio-economic 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 effects assessment for agency (e.g., government), consulting professionals, and other assessment participants. The workshop addresses principles of argumentation, points out common errors in EA 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.
Dates: Offered two separate days – June 18, 2014 or June 19, 2014. 9 am to 4:30 pm.
Location: Quanlin Dun Cultural Centre (Classroom A), 1171, 1st Ave Whitehorse, Yukon.
Registration and further information: contact Travis Ritchie, [email protected]
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 internationally. Dr. Brown currently teaches courses on Analytical Thinking & Communications and Ecosystem Science & Management in the Master’s program in Environment and Management at Royal Roads University, and works as an independent consultant.