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Shared Governance for Sustainable Working Landscapes

Timothy M. Gieseke (Ag Resource Strategies, LLC, New Ulm, Minnesota, USA)

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CRC Press
12 February 2018
Landscape art & architecture; Environmental economics; Sustainability; Sustainable agriculture
Sustaining our agricultural landscapes is no longer just a technical, scientific or even political problem, but it has evolved into a socially complex, so-called wicked problem of conflicting social governance and economics. This creates an extreme economic obstacle where the value of ecosystem services remains low and diffuse and the transactions costs remain high and multiple.

Using Uber-like business platform technology and a shared governance model, a symbiotic demand for environmental benefits is created. Enabling multi-sector transactions for environmental benefits, this platform innovation would remedy the tragedy of the commons ; the economic nemesis to achieving landscape sustainability. In a nutshell, to sustain our agricultural landscapes a transdisciplinary approach supported by a shared governance model housed within a multi-sided platform in needed. This book introduces an assessment framework identifying governance actors, styles and ratios for socio-ecological systems. The assessment uses a new governance compass to identify the types of actors completing which tasks and identifies the styles of governance used to complete the tasks. It is aimed to anyone involved in sustainability science, agricultural policy planning, or integrated landscape design.
By:   Timothy M. Gieseke (Ag Resource Strategies LLC New Ulm Minnesota USA)
Imprint:   CRC Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9781138495524
ISBN 10:   1138495522
Pages:   265
Publication Date:   12 February 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Preface Acknowledgments Author Chapter 1 Introduction Agricultural transition phases A paradigm shift A wicked problem Sustainability science The wicked features of agriculture sustainability Ecological-economic disconnections Conflicting governance styles Disparate stakeholder values Variable natural capital Putting sustainability science to practice An environmental market signal Spatially based trading platform Path to agricultural landscape sustainability Assessing wicked problems Devising wicked solutions Recognizing the glocal commons Global perspectives Glocal and regional perspectives The grand economic challenge Section I: An enduring wicked problem Chapter 2 An enduring wicked problem A wicked problem Sources of wicked (landscape sustainability) problems Varied scope and scale of natural capital outputs and outcome Growing number of disparate stakeholder values Conflicting governance styles The complex agriculture landscape system The simple and complicated The complex The system as it is Natural capital System stakeholders Production group Organizational governance styles Transdisciplinary challenge Disciplinary evolution Application challenges A wicked resilient problem Chapter 3 Natural capital outputs and outcomes A natural economic capital Not a new idea The landscape as a living factory floor An automobile factory A drinking water factory The conditionally renewable earth factory Biomes Ecosystems Processes Functions Structures Outputs and outcomes Varied ecosystem service definitions Categorize goods and services as same Categorize goods and services as different Identify ecosystem services as SPUs Ecosystem services as FEGS and BRIs Compatible definitions? Chapter 4 Disparate stakeholder strategies and values Agriculture's four phases Stakeholder shift and expansion Incompatible strategies Public utility sector Seattle public utilities and the GASB Des Moines Water Works and county drainage boards Government agency sector USDA federal farm policy EPA's Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration Order Agriculture Water Quality Certainty Program Agriculture industry sector United Suppliers' SUSTAIN NGOs and the corporate sector The Sustainability Consortium Field to Market EPRI water quality trading Following Carlson's Law? Top-down [dis]orderly Bottom-up chaos Disparity rooted in culture and governance Chapter 5 Conflicting governance styles Organizations Organizational evolution Conformist hierarchy Incentivized hierarchy Pluralistic hierarchy Network structure Organizational structure-governance styles connections Governance Governance cultures Governance styles Hierarchy governance Market governance Network governance Governance conflicts Governance trilemma Governance conflicts in the system as it is Section II: Devising a wicked solution Chapter 6 Devising a wicked solution A transdisciplinary approach Acquiring system knowledge Imagination as a wicked solution strategy Identifying wicked solution sources Six pilot project case studies MMPA's EQA Minnesota Project's conservation innovation Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's conservation bridge Minnesota department of agriculture's EQA EPA-USDA-MN Ag water quality certainty program Chicago SWCD's AgEQATM A [Compiled] transdisciplinary approach Retelling the transdisciplinary story Transformational knowledge The system as it ought to be Identifying the wicked problem and solution partners Wicked solution sources Shared governance platform Enabling communities of practice Chapter 7 A landscape language Index-based language form Landscape data Data collection Smart assessments Index calculations Creating language content Landscape intelligence Simple and compound indices Natural capital asset portfolio Purposeful uses Another market marvel? Useful applications Defining eco-services Natural capital units Mapping earth's factory floor Natural capital values and GDP Agricultural NCC values Disruption toward harmonization Global environmental mechanism Global environmental asset portfolio Harmonizing natural capital valuation Imagining a common landscape language Chapter 8 Aligning sustainability activities Governance actors Shifting actor roles Governance shifts Meta-governance Meta-governors Governance frameworks Case study analysis Case assessment strategy Governance actors Governance styles, frameworks, and footprints Group I case studies-USDA conservation delivery system Soil Conservation Service CDS Project components Assessment and discussion Natural Resources Conservation Service CDS Project components Assessment and discussion Group I discussion Group II case studies-Minnesota EQAs Minnesota Milk Producers Association EQA Project components Assessment and discussion Minnesota Department of Agriculture's LEQA Project components Assessment and discussion Chicago SWCD's AgEQA Project components Assessment and discussion Group II discussion Group III case studies-emerging strategies MDA's Ag Water Quality Certainty Program Project components Assessment and discussion Chesapeake Bay Program BMP Verification Project components Assessment and discussion EPRI's Ohio River Basin water quality trading Program components Assessment and discussion The Sustainability Consortium Project components Assessment and discussion Field to Market Project components Assessment and discussion United supplier's SUSTAIN Project components Assessment and discussion Group III discussion Overall case study findings Governance of project components Development Delivery Oversight Valuation Governance footprints Aligning governance actors and styles Chapter 9 A shared governance platform Shared governance Shared governance principles Multisided platforms Network community Technology infrastructure Database and content Multisided shared governance platform Creating a new supply Nonexcludable goods Excludable goods Converting nonexcludable goods to excludable goods New user behaviors Enabling new transactions Identify transaction costs Reduce transaction costs Shared transaction costs and values MSSG platform transactions Sustainability 1.0 Sustainability 1.5 Sustainability 2.0 Symbiotic demand versus conflicting governance Disparate stakeholder governance Symbiotic demand Section III: Designing a glocal business ecosystem Chapter 10 Governance of the glocal commons Glocalization phenomenon Social effect Sustainability supply chain effect Local + global = glocal commons Glocal governance pathways Bottom-up sustainability governance Top-down sustainability governance Private sector sustainability governance Public-private partnerships Solely private sector Adaptive pathway Glocal common governance Local commons Glocal commons Chapter 11 Designing a business ecosystem Evolving ecosystems Business ecosystems e-Commerce ecosystems An eco-commerce ecosystem concept Interface of ecoservice value Ecosystem design layers Participant layers Leaders' layer Users layer Contributor layer Risk management assessment Strategies for an eco-commerce ecosystem User magnet Technology toolbox Cryptocurrency Matchmaking, incentives, and trust Ecosystem emergence considerations Chapter 12 Enabling an eco-commerce ecosystem Three phases of transformation Preparing the system Adaptive comanagement Minimal viable platform A first platform interaction The next platform interaction A prepared system Window of opportunity Case study windows Too many little windows? Too big of a window? Opening a WQ trading window Entering a WQ trading window Navigating the transition Navigating the first WQ transaction Transforming water quality trading Enabling symbiotic transactions Glocal sustainability portfolios Antithesis of the tragedy of the commons Building resiliency Compelling visions Chapter 13 Conclusion Wicked principles Sustainability science A DNA solution Platform biomimicry Stable core Variable complementary component Interface A generic wicked solution platform A resolutionary path Chapter 14 Bibliography Index

Timothy M. Gieseke's interdisciplinary career is reflected in the research and insights of his writings. A master's degree in environmental sciences is a cornerstone for his perspective on agriculture sustainability. He also brings experience in agriculture production, governmental experience in conservation planning, policy analysis at state and federal levels, political endeavors, and agribusiness management. With this near panoramic view of landscape sustainability, Tim recognized the need for a transdisciplinary approach to enable practitioners and policy- makers to transcend and blur the lines between their traditional organizational boundaries. He has carried this vision through several of his local to global efforts.

Reviews for Shared Governance for Sustainable Working Landscapes

I like the clear communication style as Timothy Gieseke takes readers on a journey. He systematically builds his arguments and clarifies the issues in a field that has evolved to be very complex and confusing. -Leon Cavalli, Hannabell Electronics, Queensland, Australia Timothy M. Gieseke brings fresh new insights and understanding to the problem of how to create sustainable forms of agriculture. A compulsory read for anyone involved in sustainability science, agricultural policy planning, or integrated landscape design. -Valerie Payn, Integrated Landscape Designer, Port Shepstone Area, South Africa This is a superbly researched and written text. -Joseph M. Bradley, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, USA This book is a timely contribution to sustainability in agricultural and rural landscapes. -Alan Carter, Celto Canadian, Vancouver, Canada The strength of the book lies in the application of the model of sustainability governance to eleven case studies, which greatly enriches understanding of processes necessary for the environmental market signal to have meaning. - Cornelia Butler Flora, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA Tim Gieseke has authored an important big picture contribution to the scientific literature on today's seemingly intractable, environmental problems associated with agricultural production. The book provides an excellent overview of the nature of landscape-scale ecological problems, often referred to in government regulatory terms as non-point source problems. - Andrew Manale, US Environmental Protection Agency Office of Policy (retired), Washington, D.C., USA Timothy Gieseke's book Shared Governance for Sustainable Working Landscapes is a tour de force on how to effectively manage the 'wicked problems' of unsustainable agricultural systems. This book, which is a novel addition to the growing library of books on sustainability, would be highly useful to policy makers on agricultural systems as well as conservation planners and managers. Also, the book is great for practitioners who are interested in recognizing and managing wicked problems in domains other than agriculture. - Rod King, Consultant on conversational project management, Clovis, California, USA Tim Gieseke's book takes us exactly in the direction we need to go - exploring new business models for investing in and sustaining the wide range of goods and services provided by landscapes. Overall, this book is an ambitious effort to develop actionable ways forward for sustaining the lands and waters on which we all rely. - Brad Gentry, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA In simple language, following in the footsteps of Ostrom and Meadows, Gieseke explains easy-to-use systems-level frameworks so you too can analyze, assess, and determine sustainable landscape strategies. Whether you work as a financial analyst, urban planner, corporate strategist, or in agriculture production, Shared Governance for Sustainable Working Landscapes adds one more excellent set of tools to add to your sustainability tool chest. - Gabriel Thoumi, CFA, Climate Advisers, Washington, DC, USA The author sets out to test whether a multisided shared governance platform, supporting an eco-commerce ecosystem, could deliver a solution that all reasonable stakeholder groups might embrace. Starting at the landscape - as the point of service - is interesting; whether governance systems can be designed with sophistication to deliver the desired, share outcome, readers will need to establish for themselves. Even more intriguing is the possibility that valued landscape components might be delivered through the creation of e-commerce ecosystem service values. - Richard Wakeford, Birmingham City University, United Kingdom Farmers and all the players in the Ag game have, different visions, different solutions, different problems, different motives, different interests. Mr. Gieseke writes of the wicked problems that come from conflicting interests and provides solutions with his talk of Platforms and E-Commerce Ecosystems, Shared Governance and Environmental Market Signals. Mr. Gieseke spent long nights studying and developing his ideas on Sustainability. Through it all, Tim never forgets his roots as a fourth generation farmer, providing solutions so that fifth generation can smell the smells of a barn in the morning and walk in the footsteps of their forefathers. - Merle Hanson, Author of Portraits, Winona, Minnesota, USA Through the nodes of ecology, economy, natural capitals, governance, and stakeholder values, this volume converges towards the definition of glocal business ecosystem, a concept transcending sector boundaries. More than a set of ingenious suggestions and opportunities to change resource management, this book is a source of inspiration to tackle current challenges with a holistic vision. It is a manual with guidelines to innovate and renew our way of building society, with approaches suggested by nature itself, and a license to rethink our world imaginatively. - Fanny Barsics, Formerly of the University of Liege, Belgium On many levels, rich and thought-provoking writing. Indigenous innovation and science partnerships engage millennia old landscapes, and its critical, egalitarian customary governance and management practices. Tim's writing raises a unique question for sustainability science: `What can we learn in terms of policy, planning and management?' from the dynamic function of customary governance and its transdisciplinary approaches to sustaining complex natural capital. - John Locke, BioCultural Consulting Pty Ltd, Queensland, Australia


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