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Copyright ©1999 by The Resilience Alliance*

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Kotyk, M. 1999. No vision = wandering in the wilderness. Conservation Ecology 3(2): r3. [online] URL: http://www.consecol.org/vol3/iss2/resp3/

Response to C.S. (Buzz) Holling 1999. "Visions: A Personal Essay"

No Vision = Wandering in the Wilderness

Mel Kotyk

Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Published: December 16, 1999

It was with sadness that I read the editorial "Visions: a personal essay" by Buzz Holling regarding his lack of vision. His implication that adaptive management, or sculpting, precludes the need for a defined vision is mistaken. Vision does not equate to rigidity or lack of hearing but merely defines the objective we wish to achieve. One cannot attain even the noblest of causes, such as sustainable development or the protection of endangered species, without the necessary vision and motivation these terms evoke in one's mind. Vision provides the fuel that propels us forward even when confronted with the mud of adversity. Dogmatism is merely the outward expression of the individual's pride in assuming that he inherently possesses all the tools necessary to achieve his vision. However, I agree with Holling's argument that we must have a listening ear, as this paves the road to our goals. The vision of an entrepreneur is to gain wealth, and the road to his goal is listening to his customers and determining their wants. Our role as scientists is not dramatically different, except that our vision is generally not one of personal gain. Surely we do not have to sacrifice our vision to have a listening ear.


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Holling, C. S. 1999. Visions: a personal essay. Conservation Ecology 3(1): 12. [online] URL: http://www.consecol.org/Journal/vol3/iss1/art12

Address of Correspondent:
Mel Kotyk
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
360-555 W. Hastings Street,
Vancouver, B.C.
Canada V6B 5G3
Phone: (604)666-0429

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