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4. Kevin Coyle, Environmental Literacy in America; What Ten Years of NEETF/Roper Research and Related Studies Say About Environmental Literacy in the U.S. (Washington DC: The National Environmental Education & Training Foundation; 2005). The findings of this research suggest that the language of ecology and general ecological concern is much more pervasive on a superficial level than it was thirty years ago, however ecological literacy at the level of deep understanding remains sorely lacking.
5. Alva Noë in interview with Michael Krasny on “Forum”, KQED radio, San Francisco, California, August 20, 2012. See also Alva Noë, Varieties of Presence: Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 2012.
6. George Lakoff, Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002. See also Don’t Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate—The Essential Guide for Progressives (2004); Metaphors We Live By (1980); and Philosophy In The Flesh (1999).
7. H. Richard Niebuhr, The Responsible Self: An Essay in Christian Moral Philosophy, New York: Harper & Row, 1963.
8. In The Human Role In Nature: A Case Study Analysis of Yosemite Planning Processes Employing H. Rich- ard Niebuhr’s Symbol of Responsibility (David Siegenthaler, Ph.D. diss., The Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, 2010), I suggested a new symbol for the human role, that of “pro-Creator.” That symbol is meant to acknowledge deep ecological realities with the affirmation that God intended humans to be responsible participants in the Earth community, while affirming our need to constantly seek to discern and support God’s living word coming to expression in the world.
Interpretive Design Projects ”Beyond the Sea, and Behind the Masks”
Steve Van Matre spent about four months during the year work- ing with Alternatura, the institute’s Affiliate in Sardinia. They completed an interpretive plan for tying together ten small villages in the mountains, including an initial “Interpretive Matrix” and set of “Dance Cards” for a series of rich experiences aimed at capturing the essence of this Mediterranean island of ancient stone towers. From solving the mystery of the missing matriarch, to helping a time traveler trace the Ages of Civilization on the island; from encountering a bandito in the forest who had been reborn as a nature lover, to making a pilgrimage along the “Way of the Sacred” leading to an ancient water temple, there are ten participatory adventures designed to attract northern European visitors. Based on the steps outlined in Interpretive Design...and the Dance of Experience, Alternatura hopes the plan will provide a model for the institute’s Interpretive Design Network.
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