As environmental practitioners, we cast nets to sample nature, to gather knowledge, to provoke action. Ornithologists use mist nets to capture birds for banding, advocates and organizers use social networks to foment governmental and public action, and vast amounts of data are gathered from different disciplines to construct climate change models. What do we hope will be the end result of our collective net work, as we seek both the tangible and the ineffable?
Splitting the term “network” in two creates an abundance of associations to explore. The word “net” suggests everything from the Mahayana Buddhist concept of Indra’s net to capitalist definitions of net worth. “Work” might connote the physical toil and sweat of field research or the mental gymnastics of philosophy.
Volume 19 of Whole Terrain seeks creative interpretations of the theme Net Works that encompass the full range and scope of environmental practice.
See the full call for submissions here.