Week 2 check-in PMWC 🦚

A hello from me to see how you are doing

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Hello all, 

I hope you are all well. How were your weekends? I want to check in with you and see how you are all getting on. How are you finding the materials for this week? A few things I would like to share with you: 

QUICK POLL 🐷

Which of the following would help you achieve more conservation impact over the course of your career?

  • On-ground experience
  • Ecological knowledge
  • Funds
  • Skills

Please comment below and add extra options you think are missing. 

CONSERVATION OPTIMISM PODCAST🐵

Some of you may have seen this, the Conservation Optimism movement now has a podcast! See here. In the first episode the talk to Caleb Ofori-Boateng about his inspiring work conserving amphibians in Ghana. I also really like the Conservation Careers podcast. Do you have any podcast recommendations? 

GROUP AGREEMENT 🐘

Below is our group agreement, a combination of your suggestions about ways we can make this training more enjoyable and impactful. If you would ever like to add or take anything away from this please say - this is your group agreement, it applies to Lucy and me too. We are of course all adults, so we are free to do as we wish. 

I hope you are having good weeks. 

All the best, 

Beth 🦘

Beth Robinson

WildLearning Specialist, WildTeam

I'm a WildLearning Specialist with WildTeam, a bit of a odd job title. My main role is to design, deliver and organise both our online and class-based training workshops. One of the best parts of my job is meeting other conservationists and learning about the work that they do. I really enjoy geeking out reading teaching theory and thinking about ways I can more creatively and engagingly deliver learning. Before working for WildTeam I did a PhD in invasive plants and human wildlife interactions. I find it really interesting to learn about the ways people interact with nature, both when nature is being wonderful, but also when is is being a bit annoying!
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Go to the profile of Loïs Lelanchon
about 1 year ago

Thanks, Beth. I think on-ground experience is really what helps achieve the most impact. Every situation is unique and experience can help apply and tailor PMWC principles to the situation. 

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
about 1 year ago

Thanks Loïs. Yes, there is nothing quite like experiencing the complexities of a real project. 

Go to the profile of Claudia
about 1 year ago

Hi Beth. Thank you for your podcast suggestions!
About the poll, it is a tough one. I think I would choose on-ground experience. Skills and ecological knowledge can be developed through on-ground experience, yet the reverse is not true. Funds are of course important, but one needs to know how to get it and how to use it (which again requires on-ground experience and skills?). Doesn't it also depend on the kind of project? [ brainstorming out loud 🦉]

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
about 1 year ago

Hello Claudia, yes it is almost an impossible question really as they are all needed, I find it hard to choose and might say something different each day of the week. Good point about the Skills and knowledge being developed through on the ground experience.

Go to the profile of David Champness
about 1 year ago

Hi Beth, my first response to your poll was on-ground experience but I think I would go with skills and specifically influence/network i.e you can have great on-ground experience, funds and knowledge but if you don't have the influence / network to promote this then it will always be isolated effort and thus return reduced impact. I don't have experience in the conservation space as yet but there is a reason why they say its who you know not what you know.

Go to the profile of Nicola Amer
about 1 year ago

Thats a really good point David, lack of support/compliance/enforcement for a project could see it loose it's impacts.

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
about 1 year ago

Good point David! 

Go to the profile of Nicola Amer
about 1 year ago

Hello Beth, I haven't had much project experience but I would say on-ground experience first as it's a sort of 'closed loop' process where you are implementing, learning, improving and seeing reults all as you go? Skills/ecological can be learnt here also. I'd like to think you don't always need lots of money, but maybe Funds would follow on-ground.

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
about 1 year ago

Thanks Nicola. I like to think also that you don't always need lots of money, but then it depends on the type of work and even salaries can be very hard to fund. 

Go to the profile of Thomas Adjetey
about 1 year ago

That conservation optimism website looks awesome, love spreading some positivity.

I think skills. Too much on-ground experience can result in not being as willing to learn from what you see in front of you - but too much self confidence or too much of any of those four things can be a negative. I appreciate it when someone brings something new to the table or fills a gap in your team.

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
about 1 year ago

Great point Thomas! It is a fine balance and important to always be open to learning, both as an individual and as an organisation. 

Go to the profile of Natalie Rhaodes
about 1 year ago

Hiya Beth! I think for me, on-ground experience and/or skills will help me with my career the best. I believe networking is also really important! Regarding podcasts, I highly highly highly recommend Ologies with Alie Ward - Alie is a science communicator who interviews various -ologists about their work and it is really engaging and educational! Every -ology is open to discussion, so there's a lot to learn outside of our own expertise, plus, she does a great job engaging with underrepresented folks within STEM and advocating for social justice issues that overlap with science.

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
about 1 year ago

Thanks Natalie, that podcast sounds great, I've just followed it on Spotify and look forward to listening. 

Go to the profile of Ana Di Pangracio
about 1 year ago

Thanks Beth. I am finding the materials very useful.

As for your poll I think skills and on-ground experience are important to achieving more conservation impact over the course of my career. 

And thanks for the podcasts. I am in charge of coordinating a series of podcasts in support to our demand for the passing of a National Wetlands Law in Argentina. The first one, focused on why we need such a law is already available. Two more will come soon focusing on the most important wetland system in the country (the Paraná River Delta) and agroecology. Only available in Spanish though, sorry. https://anchor.fm/voces-del-humedal/

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
about 1 year ago

Thanks for sharing Ana, that podcast sounds like a great idea, although my Spanish is very limited, maybe listening to the podcast will help me! It is one of my winter goals to improve my Spanish. 

Go to the profile of Estefania
about 1 year ago

Hi Beth, 

I´d say both on-ground experience and skills for me. I think you can get a lot from both of these and combined can make for a great professional in an area.