‘Forces for change’ and Change inhibitors’ for developing botanic gardens social role

In the groundbreaking report on ‘Redefining the Role of Botanic Gardens – towards a new social purpose’ Dodd & Jones (2010) highlighted that botanic gardens may already play a social role but they argued that more could be done to make botanic gardens truly relevant to a broader and more diverse audience than they currently attract. The report looked at more detail into the ‘forces for change‘ which are motivating botanic gardens to reconsider their role and purpose in society, and the ‘change inhibitors‘ which have prevented many from so far realising that role to a significant extent. For those gardens involved in the Communities in Nature project, it would be interesting to find out which inhibitor and which force is likely to influence them the most.

Figure: ‘Change inhibitors’ and ‘forces for change’ towards botanic gardens having a greater social role and responsibility

Dodd, J. & Jone, C. (2010). Redefining the Role of Botanic Gardens – towards a new social purpose. London: BGCI
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