Week 3 check-in

Checking in to see how you are all doing and a few nuggets of information.

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Hello team, 

I hope you are keeping well. There are a few things I'd like to share with you

1. In last week's live session we chatted about ways we can support one another, share opportunities, and additional benefits you can get out of this training. Some people had some ideas about other training opportunities. If you are willing to share them please comment on this post (keeps them all in one place). Someone else suggested a Google sheet, but my thought was then ideas would be in two places, and that would be confusing, please do say if you'd like it though, I will happily set up it. 

2. Monday 25th is a bank holiday in the UK, live sessions will happen as normal this day, but for those who are taking the day off there will be an extra live session next week on Wednesday 27th at 11 am BST. 

3. I think it was Suzanne (?!) who said that she found a sort of speed dating for conservationists networking event fun and useful. So we thought we would try this out! We will do this in week 4 in the half-hour before the live sessions properly begin. Any ideas for how we should structure it or if there should be set questions to ask each other? I'm thinking 2 minutes in a breakout room with a random other person to find out more about their work/interests, thoughts? 

4. Here is an article a colleague and I co-wrote a while back for the Conservation Optimism blog. It gives you a bit of a flavour of the consultancy work that WildTeam does and the great people we meet along the way.

I hope you are all having good weeks and staying sane through the lockdown.

Take care, 

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 Beth Robinson
about 1 year ago

One thing I said I would share with you is a book on time management that is great, it is called "How to be a productivity ninja", by Graham Allcott. There are some YouTube videos that summarise the main points. 

Go to the profile of Eloisia Constance Rhoda Wild
about 1 year ago

Hi Beth 

 

I think for the conservation networking - it would be great to have some questions already set out - but with enough time to go into further discussions . So 1 or two questions such as what have you been working on and what would you like to work on (for example). It opens possibilities of experience discussions and potential future connections. 

 

Just some thoughts. Hope they help! 

Lou

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
about 1 year ago

Thanks for your thoughts, noted :) 

Go to the profile of Emily Gonzales
about 1 year ago

Thank you for these check-ins and the great resources. 

Is this where we ask our PMWC course questions?

Are there definitions for each of the roles somewhere? I think that I have pieced some of them together from the manual, but having a succint and explicit definition with some example tasks in 1 location would allow me to check my understanding. 

Some, like governing body and operations assurance, are new to me and I don't know if this is just a difference in language across our different cultures/countries or if we just don't have these roles in our projects and need to start!

PS In terms of online training, Parks Canada and Nature Conservancy of Canada are launching a training of the Conservation Standards steps 1 and 2 on  Monday and some of the techniques we will use have been inspired by this course! So thanks so much! We hope to run it again (perhaps a self-paced version) in the future but for this one we're full (200 registrants, can you believe it?!). Sarah Cotter, also in this PMWC course, is leading that training and doing a fabulous job pulling it together. :)

Go to the profile of Emily Gonzales
about 1 year ago

Sorry, I see that Beth describes the roles in the presentation - I would edit my post if I could to withdraw my question! As a visual learner, I was looking for them in the manual, but I can write these down for myself....

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
about 1 year ago

Hello Emily, 

Wow, 200 sign ups, that is great. Really hope it goes well. 

Yes, this is a good place to ask questions. Not having descriptions of each role is something other people have noted too, I am like you, I like to have things written down. We will work on incoporating this feedback into the next version of PMWC :) 

All the best, 

Beth