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Overview Of the Listening Study

What the Listening Study Is

What the Listening Study Is Not

Goals of the Listening Study

Process of the Listening Study

Caveat: Statements in Listening Study compilations reflect beliefs, opinions, experience and expertise. Some of the technical statements conflict. Even these differences are important.

Terms of Use


What the Listening Study Is

  • A representation of the broad range of perspectives on many of the most contentious arguments or questions regarding environmental papers today,

  • An opportunity for all sides to "listen" to the others, to hear why opponents believe their point of view cannot be ignored,

  • A place for laying arguments on the issues "side-by-side" so that each proponent has a more complete understanding of others' thinking, especially some of the nuances that often escape notice,

  • A potential for unraveling and discussing "knots" - arguments that have become so heated they're almost "black holes," with each side frequently unable to hear the others,

  • A belief that rational presentation of views and perspectives will help sift through opposing arguments to find reliable foundations for building resolution,

  • A belief that many of those interested in these questions have not had sufficient access to the wealth of knowledge and studies that underlie perspectives on many of these questions.

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What the Listening Study Is Not

  • A popularity contest. A position stated by many respondents suggests that it is widespread and essential to consider in any deliberations, but it does not automatically mean it is the "right" one,

  • A definitive study pointing to the "right" answer. In fact, the "right" answer might turn out to be a composite of two or more listed here, or something that no one has yet identified.

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Goals of the Listening Study

  • Provide as complete a picture as possible for each issue, in order to get everyone "on the same page" about how others are thinking and why they're arguing their points,

  • Pinpoint where the obstacles are to environmental paper development and clarify what steps could to be taken next towards either resolution or more resolution-oriented discussions between parties affected,

  • Develop more paths of communication between those with differing opinions,

  • Develop consensus on specific issues when possible,

  • Catalyze research, technical development, education programs and discussions to help resolve issues and move environmental paper development forward,

  • Provide thorough data sets for discussing issues,

  • Get people talking about environmental paper issues,

  • Let people hear the whole conversation - most don't have the opportunity to ask all these questions of people at paper mills, printers, environmental groups, and more.

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Process of the Listening Study

Through document research, interviews, and comments, the Listening Study will provide brief, balanced synopses of the comments received on each of the questions in the study, followed by the specific quotes and comments, identified as the commenters wished to be identified (including without identification). For each question, based on these comments, we will assign a status indicating whether the issue is an obstacle for reasons that are:

  • developmental, e.g. incomplete system development,

  • economic, e.g. investment, capitalization, economies of scale, geographic,

  • technical, e.g. need for new research or technical development, testing,

  • cognitive, e.g. misunderstandings, educational needs,

  • value-driven, e.g. differing views of appropriate actions, evaluation of competing needs,

  • political, e.g. governmental and global issues.

The intent of this Listening Study is not to take sides nor to make or guide purchasing decisions. Rather, it is based on the belief that if issues can be sorted out and at least their parameters agreed to, some will prove themselves resolvable and others will indicate reasonable courses of action. Still others may remain contentious, but opposing sides may better understand what these issues hold at stake and why agreement is so difficult.

Overall, the hope is that this Listening Study can create a level of understanding of the issues that can then lead to productive courses of action, priority-setting, conflict resolution, collaboration between formerly opposing sides, fruitful discussions, and a better comprehension of requirements and components for a future environmentally sustainable paper production system.

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CAVEAT: Statements in Listening Study compilations reflect beliefs, opinions, experience and expertise. Some of the technical statements conflict. Even these differences are important.

Much of the technical information reported in the Listening Study is cutting-edge. Still, some statements may represent information that others consider debatable or inaccurate, some statements may represent outdated but still cited studies (although older studies may well still represent currenty reliable information), some may change with new information, and some may be addressing different aspects of similar questions. These differences are important to record as part of sorting out what information needs to be clarified. Readers should evaluate technical statements by date (when relevant and available), by source and by comparison to other information available, as well as recognize that there may be a need for more definitive technical information on some questions.

In particular, readers should keep in mind that this is not a study to determine ultimate answers. Rather, it intends to lay out the wide range of perspectives, knowledge and beliefs that must be taken into account in order to answer or resolve the questions. Please read the whole presentation on a question in order to evaluate as complete a picture as possible.

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Terms of Use

We want people to use and comment on the information compiled in the Listening Study. Individual quotes, of course, are owned by the person making them. The compilation of information in the Listening Study is copyrighted by Conservatree. You may freely circulate it to others for not-for-profit use, as long as it continues to be clearly identified with Conservatree's Listening Study and contains Conservatree's copyright, but you may not use it for profit in any way without the express written permission of Conservatree.

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We welcome links from other sites to the Paper Listening Study website. However, links may not "capture" Listening Study pages in frames or other methods that can make it appear to exist on another website, without the express written permission of Conservatree. If you link to this site, we would appreciate your letting us know.

Users may not use this website's material on either personal or commercial websites, or in databases or other compilations, without the express written permission of Conservatree.

Users agree not to use this website's material for illegal purposes, or on pages containing illegal material. Users agree not to hold Conservatree liable for any damages resulting from proper or improper use of the material on this website.

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