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Disciplines, Attitudes and practical tools for a change

Gisle Erlien, Directorate for Cultural Heritage, Norway
Randi Kveine, K-kommunikasjon, Norway


Abstract
Discussing urban conservation on a Norwegian background, we want to highlight the meaning of communication in multi-disciplinary processes and demonstrate communicology as a research-based professional tool for enhancing your own communication and understanding that of others. Communicology is the study of the structure and dynamics of communication and change. Using meta-keys to recognize elements and patterns in communication, it is a help to clarify intentions, check the frames of understanding and see if views formed in advance (presuppositions) disturb or distort communication. We stress the importance of taking a meta-position to understand and evaluate events and situations. To illustrate our points, we follow and evaluate the process of urban conservation in Mosjöen, a small Norwegian town. Starting with a conflict-dominated situation around 1970, an alliance between local enthusiasts and professional conservators gradually managed to build understanding and support for the conservation of Sjögata, the oldest part of the town. Strong negative feelings were obstacles in the beginning, and it has taken decades to turn the tide. Today, however, Sjögata is profiled as a main attraction of the town. We recommend communicology as a means to help poets talk to engineers. Communication between groups that different requires awareness of intentions, frames of understanding and a consequent sorting of elements and patterns.


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