Composing in/for Ecologies FINDING PROBLEMS AND ATTENDING TO our world

Space/Place, Ecologies, Networks

resilient ecologies are diverse, transformable, and sustainable (Walker and Salt).

What Can SRS's PAR Pond Ecology Teach Us About Our Own Ecologies?

Successful social ecologies are “equitable, resilient, sustainable, and future oriented” (Gutierrez 186).

Yet as rhetors, we need to be weary of our audience as well as our degrees of influence.

What is our message, who is our audience, how might we tailor our position to best suit that audience?

This the question of the rhetor.

The most important move in this any persuasive application is the transfer of agency to the user, what I argue is the most powerful function of rhetoric (cf. Burke, "A Grammar of Motives"). What enabling tools can we imagine to transform our user into activists?

Works Cited

  • Ackermann, Edith. "Piaget’s Constructivism, Papert’s Constructionism: What’s the Difference." Future of Learning Group Publication 5.3 (2001): 438.
  • Burke, Kenneth. A Grammar of Motives. University of California Press, 1969.
  • d'Angelo, Frank J. "A Conceptual Theory of Rhetoric." (1975).
  • Reynolds, Nedra. Geographies of Writing: Inhabiting Places and Encountering Difference. SIU Press, 2007.
  • Stolley, Karl. "The lo-fi Manifesto." Kairos 12.3 (2008)
  • Walter, Eugene Victor. Placeways: A Theory of the Human Environment. UNC Press Books, 1988.


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