For thirty years, I held a space within the conservation movement for a certain conversation to happen: encouraging its values and challenging its histories, strengthening it by making it more inclusive of different worldviews, making it more about relationships between people and between people and nature.
I co-create, design and lead learning experiences for citizen leaders and career professionals who aspire to strengthen conservation by making it more inclusive and by connecting it to other efforts for change. My approach to learning favors experience over presentation and emphasizes modeling of ideas. These workshops are highly interactive and geared toward experiencing the questions and practicing the answers, rather than presentation of ideas.
Almost every workshop I do begins by me interviewing participants to ensure that the curriculum design meets them where they are and helps to take them where they need to go in their journey.
The themes that most often are covered include:
How is our nation evolving demographically, culturally, politically, what does this ask of conservation?
How do different generations define conservation and what does that mean for our work?
Who is visible and less visible to us in our community and how does that affect our mission and capacity?
What is the historic role that land has played in creating privilege in our region and what does this ask of us as we aspire to be in service to more and different people?
How are groups evolving the practice of conservation through improving food systems, childhood education, water resiliency, renewable energy, meaningful work, and social justice?
What are principles of relationship-building that might yield the most durable and successful relationships between conservation and human wellbeing?
What is the role of story in helping us to ally to one another? How does our story put up walls or help to take walls down?
“I am grateful to you for co-facilitating such a heart-full, energizing and thought-provoking series of days. Beyond affirming that the community conservation path is the one we want and need to be on and beyond the strong and welcome sense of alignment that emerged between board and staff, it has been so much fun to come back to the office this week and hear how staff are already connecting the dots – making those small tweaks to reach a different audience, collect information differently, and problem-solve in new ways.” -Sarah Hale Krull, Maine Coast Heritage Trust