Webinar recording: Resilience in conservationists

In this video, the Lonely Conservationists (LC) community and I discussed how other conservationists and organisations can support us in adapting positively to the many challenges we face. Read below how you can sign up for the resilience workshop on Saturday 29th August 12pm BST

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Are you able to positively adapt when faced with adversity? In tomorrow's workshop (29 Aug 12pm BST), I will discuss how to reflect on our individual situation and identify what it is that we need to strengthen our own resilience and that of others. This workshop is organised by Lonely Conservationists and suitable for conservation professionals at all stages of their career and those in pre-professional education. Registration link can be found in the post below. 

When: August 29th 12pm-1pm BST 

Register for the workshop here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/lonely-conversationists-workshop-on-resilience-with-thirza-loffeld-tickets-116066717677

1:05 Introductions
2:44 Shifting into social science from primatology
4:48 Working with conservationists and the public
8:10 Developing the thesis topic
10:47 Research findings thus far
15:30 Resiliency for a 'vocational' career and challenging environment
20:07 Learning from other sectors/industries
23:47 How conservationists can support other conservationists
27:40 How organisations can support conservationists
34:47 How conservationists can build their own resiliency
40:30 Viewer question: What are some different forms resiliency can take in different contexts?
44:04 Viewer question: Should personality tests be used in hiring to aid in sorting candidates into better suited jobs/environments?
50:43 What gaps do you see in this field of work/research/resources?
54:09 What are your personal experiences with resiliency in conservation?
57:34 How do you perceive the impacts on conservation that conservationists are expected to be under great pressure and to need to be resilient?
1:00:15 Inspiring cases of resiliency
1:01:55 Closing out and where we can hear more from Thirza
You can register for the discussions and submit your questions at: https://www.patreon.com/lonelyconserv...
Lonely Conservationists is a global community of online conservationists who share stories to reduce social stigmas against burnout, isolation and being undervalued in the conservation industry. This month, we covered Resiliency in Conservation, discussing research into and resources for resiliency in conservation at the individual, organisational, and sectoral levels, with WildHub Community Manager Thirza Loffeld.
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Thirza Loffeld

WildHub Community Manager, WildTeam UK

My background is mainly in species conservation, education and capacity development. For several years, I researched mother-young interactions in gorillas and chimpanzees, in captivity and the wild. After that, I worked for three years in Indonesia, where I developed and implemented youth ambassador and community engagement programmes on local and regional scales. These programmes are aimed at building conservation capacity and promoting stewardship. I currently conduct my PhD research on the professional development of conservation professionals and work as Community Manager at WildHub.
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Beth Robinson about 2 months ago

Thanks so much for sharing this Thirza, really interesting. How do you think we can make the topic talked about more widely in the conservation sector, or better still, give this knowledge to those who need it, e.g. those on their first fieldwork season. B