Post 7: Issue Mapping

Issue Mapping for an Aging Europe states that “issues must be analysed, for they are urgent and palpable. The outcomes of the projects also need to be communicated to the various publics and audiences of their work”, R.Rogers, N.Sánchez-Querubín, A.Kil. In a collaborative task in class we mapped the issues and investigated the intricate details of stakeholders Human and Non-Human, and targeted specific people and places in the world today within these stakeholder categories. We then looked at all the issues within these stakeholders people and places and the emotions that would surface from them or around them from the surfacing issues. An example of this was looking at not for profit organisations and pin pointing organisations such as WWF, Greenpeace, UNEC and the Earth Charter and then looking into the issues they are faced with or dealing with. When delving deeper into each organisations it revealed that they are also linked with other categories such as community groups, environmentalists, scientists, politicians, students and advocates. Each category had their own organisations, people, emotions and issues.

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We then started looking into individual issues of these categories and people and what I found was that it linked to other issues, stakeholders and their emotions involved. This process went through to the very fine details of global warming but also brought up the complexity of each category. Everything was linked, and it revealed their perspectives with the added emotions for example factory farming is linked to a lack of education. It also linked with not for profits, politicians, corporations, filmmakers and advocates.

The next part of the task revealed a contrast between emotions, for example the emotions that were related to not for profit organisations was empathy and passion and for corporations and politicians were apathetic and ignorant. This revealed that these two are also linked in the sense that politicians and non for profit groups are in communication and reflected the complexities they are faced with from each other.

This process is further stated in the reading in Issue Mapping for an Aging Europe which I found very resonating with our tasks and reflects the importance of these tasks “issue mapping takes as its object of study current affairs and offers a series of techniques to describe, deploy, and visualize the actors, objects, and substance of a social issue. It is concerned with the social and unstable life of the matters on which we do not agree and with how the actors involved are connected to each other, or otherwise associated with each other”. Through understanding we can move towards coming up with a solution. This task helped me in understanding the problem further in order to focus on solutions. It helped me to reflect and realise that we can’t fix the issue of climate change as a whole but we can target individual issues and create change. If we can’t create change within politicians and corporations because of their emotions, we can create change by being the change. We can change our own lives individually and together towards these issues by focusing on the solutions we can work on ourselves. By focusing on and breaking down the intricate details of one category and its issue, however still reflecting on global warming as a whole, we can develop an understanding of the challenges and opportunities available.

“There is no control and no all-powerful creator, either – no more ‘God’ than man – but there is care, scruple, cautiousness, attention, contemplation, hesitation and revival.”
– Bruno Latour, Rejoicing: Or the Torments of Religious Speech

References:

R.Rogers, N.Sánchez-Querubín, A.Kil, 2015, Issue Mapping for an Aging Europe