For the past few years, the public garden community and especially botanical gardens have been searching for their place in society, shifting from living museums with very specific audiences to places of education, empowerment, therapy, and rehabilitation. With the shifting role of botanical gardens, we see more and more gardens take on a more active social stance beyond their traditional roles of research, conservation, display, and education. They are getting involved in ever more diverse, important and exciting community initiatives. These activities, which comprise a relatively new field for botanical gardens, raise numerous questions for our organizations and require gardens the world over to face the challenges presented by a field in which there is very little actionable knowledge available. By learning from the experience of different gardens, this presentation will reflect on the process that few gardens have done, and to offer some insights from this reflection.
About the Speaker:
Oren Ben-Yosef is visiting Concordia from Israel, where has served as Director General of the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens and is currently Development Manager & Research Fellow at the Center for Social Business and Impact Investments at the College of Management Academic Studies in Rishon le’Zion. During his time at Concordia, he will be hosted by Professor Katja Neves in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.