Shrimp Case Study

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The shrimp case study was the most eye opening exercise in the class because we were able to experience the process of creating a non-governmental organization. In an era of social movements and a push for change, the case study really made it clear that trying to make change and create a non-governmental group, whether it be a top-down approach or a bottom-up approach is difficult. Our goal as a shrimp justice NGO was to create transparency in the shrimp industry, but all the different stakeholders the methods of attaining transparency varied within interest groups. For example, the room had two opinions, the shrimp industry group wanted to really expose the harsh realities of the industry. For example, when Tris said that he wanted to expose…show more content…
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