Social Systems

From Salish Sea Wiki

Part of this wiki describes human systems. We organize ourselves into workgroups. These workgroups tap into shared resources to complete efforts, defined by a scope and schedule. Often we create documents to memorialize our efforts and teach others our knowledge, about different topics. Conservation work is often tied to place, which may be defined culturally, as well as by our ecosystem framework.

We start description of our human system with workgroup pages. As a workgroups work becomes more complicated it can sprawl into effort and resources pages, and may point to many documents. There are many features that can be used to make your workgroup page more sophisticated.

Create a new page to describe your corner of our human system.

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Workgroups - Workgroups are self-defined social units. They are a group of people that share work toward a shared purpose. Workgroups are organized by their legal status, and may be associated with efforts and products. An important type of workgroup are those that have jurisdiction over land under our laws.

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Efforts - Efforts are what workgroups do to achieve their goals. It could be Restoration, planning or research. Efforts relate to topics, and can generate documents, and may be specific to places.

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Resources - Products are the outputs of efforts, and include Documents, include the various tools and technologies that workgroups can use in their efforts. Resources are 'free standing', and are freely available and don't require labor. A technical assistance service or funding program should be described as an effort.

Our social institutions interact with the ecosystem through tow related lenses:

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Topics - Topic pages are used to synthesize evidence and postulates about particular subject. A set of master topic pages have emerged to organize accumulations of information. Different authors may add statements and citations. The discussion tab may have additional talk about the strengths and weaknesses of topic page content.

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Places - Our ecosystem model divides the landscape into units based on regional assessments. But people define place as they will at a variety of scales. Place pages describe the places surrounding or within our ecosystem site framework. Linking our wiki pages to spatial maps is the next step in our development.