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Book of the Week – Participatory Networks and the Environment: The BGreen Project in the US and Bangladesh

With the rise of over-consumption and the ever-growing concerns of climate change in our world, seeking answers to global sustainability questions has become more important than ever before. In her book, “Participatory Networks and the Environment: The BGreen Project in the US and Bangladesh,” Dr. Fadia Nordtveit (formerly Hasan) offers a collaborative solution involving global cooperation, participation, and research.

What is your book about?

Seeking innovative answers to global sustainability challenges has become an urgent need with the onslaught of environmental and ecological degradation that surrounds us today. More than ever, there is a need to carve new ways for citizens and different industries and institutions to unite. We must cooperate, communicate and collaborate to address growing global sustainability concerns. This book examines one such global collaboration called The BGreen Project (BGreen). BGreen is a transnational participatory action research project spanning the United States and Bangladesh, aiming to addressing environmental issues via academic–community engagement. By analyzing and unpacking the architecture of BGreen, Nordtveit (previously Hasan) teases out the key factors that are required for the continued momentum of environmentally focused, academic–community partnership projects in order to present a workable model that could be applied elsewhere.

Topics include:

  • Sustainability
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Social Change
  • Environment
  • Youth Movements
  • Social Media
  • Global North/Global South
  • Transnational Participatory Networks

Why should people read it? Who is the book for?

This book will be of interest to industry and academia in the topics of: environmental communication, citizen participation, environmental politics, environmental sociology and sustainable development, business communication, social media action.

Single most important takeaway

The book gives readers a special glimpse into a unique model based around an innovative conceptual framework: “transnational participatory networks”. This model is drawn from participatory action research and actor-network theory, and attempts to address the common challenge of building evolving, stable and sustainable networks.

Meet the author


Dr. Fadia Nordtveit’s industry and academic projects are at the intersections of Sustainability and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB). Dr. Nordtveit is the founder of Collaborative-ly, a consulting company that provides services based on a model of DEIB. She created this model after years of research and prototyping in an academic and industry setting. She created the Inclusive Business Model Canvas, a tool that helps businesses and organizations build an inclusive foundational structure. Nordtveit is also the producer of a public-access television show called Talking Out Of Line that highlights DEIB trailblazers from diverse industries. She is an Assistant Professor of Communications at Springfield College and holds a part-time Faculty, Researcher and Consultant position at New York University. She is an Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) administrator. Finally, Nordtveit has served in numerous Environment, Sustainability & DEIB committees in a variety of universities and organizations.

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