Week 3 PMWC check-in 🦉

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

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Hello team, 

How is everyone? How were your weeks?

There are a few things I'd like to share with you:

A BIT MORE ABOUT WILDTEAM
I know we've told you a little bit about WildTeam, but in case you are interested in finding out more: 
Here is an article a colleague and I co-wrote a while back for the Conservation Optimism blog. 
We've recently added a new section to our website sharing stories of the inspiring people and organisations we work with, here.


EXERCISES FOR THIS WEEK
One of the exercises this week is to create a roles diagram for a project you are working on or have worked on in the past. I realise this may seem more difficult if you've got less experience of working in conservation, but these examples can be from anything! They can be from a past job unrelated to conservation, university dissertations, or, if you want, it can be completely made up, perhaps your dream conservation team or with fictional characters.


QUICK POLL 
We all have our own ideas about how to save the wildlife we love. What's stopping you creating your own conservation organisation to put those ideas into reality?
Lack of job security
Lack of confidence
Prefer to work for others
I don't know how to
I already did


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

I hope you all have good weekends.

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 Lara Reden
8 months ago

I don't know how to

Go to the profile of Kanishka Karunanayake
8 months ago

Prefer to work for others 

Go to the profile of Ryan Kinaid
8 months ago

I would say I am a mixture of Don't know how to and I prefer to work for others in the sense that I like to get a feel for the operation and organisation of a project before I would feel comfortable enough to suggest alternate options or take on more leadership responsibility. Though that might just be lack of experience in this field.

Go to the profile of Kirsty Brettell
8 months ago

Prefer to work with others. I believe that there are may established organsiations doing good work. Creating new organisations isn't always the best option as it can duplicate work, increasing competition for funding and resources and decrease knowledge sharing in the sector. Therefore, I would rather work with an already established organisation, with the hope that if I had good ideas for additional project or programme work, I could bring that to the table. 

Go to the profile of Janine Antalffy
8 months ago

That's really great insight!

Go to the profile of Josue D Arteaga-Torres
8 months ago

I have a similar view! The only other thing I would consider important is to have representative work of big organizations doing relevant work and the local level. For example, WWF has a specific national group in almost all countries but it is more or less effective in each one. 

Go to the profile of John T Graham
8 months ago




I don't know how to.

Go to the profile of Kriss Atkin
8 months ago

Don't know know how to, and the uncertainty of security.

Go to the profile of Stacy Whitaker
8 months ago

I don't know how to, but also the lack of job security.   For myself who is older and looking for a career change, coming from a stable job with benefits makes it scary to jump into the unknown.

Go to the profile of Michael Burn
8 months ago

I don't know how to AND Lack of job security (especially in this pandemic)

Go to the profile of Janine Antalffy
8 months ago

I don't know how to as well as financial security

Go to the profile of Claire Bradnam
8 months ago

Lack of job secuirty and not having enough capital to be able to incurr the costs of setting up the project in the interim. 

Go to the profile of Aaron Bhambra
8 months ago

Lack of job security

Go to the profile of Rachel Stewart
8 months ago

Echo Kirsty's point about 'Working WITH other people/organisations'.


Also, if you have land, there's nothing stopping you adding to, for example in the UK, the 'living landscapes' mission of the existing Wildlife Trusts network?


With regard to setting up an official 'organisation', I would also not know how to at this point in time without doing a fair bit of research. And trying not to sound off-putting, wouldn't you need some capital, land, premises, equipment, liability insurance as a base to do this from?

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
8 months ago

Capital - maybe, but could be applying for grants early on. Start small and build the team as you get grants. 


Land - depends on the type of project so not always needed


Equipment - get over time with the funds you raise


Liability insurance - at some point, but not going to need until doing the implementation, at won't start the implementation phase until you have the funds to do so. 


But of course, not always straight forward to do that above! 


I can see Kirsty's point about other organisations, but do you think there could be an argument that new organisations can innovate better? When organisations get large, in some ways they have lots of power, influence and impact, but sometimes they are so big, it is hard for them to adapt and sometimes smaller orgs can have more impact per conservation dollar perhaps. 

Go to the profile of Rachel Stewart
8 months ago

Really great to have your responses here, Beth. Made me think ;)


Yes, I could have been putting up potential barriers where there aren't barriers necessarily, at the start :)


And yes, since every little helps, and smaller organisations can be more adaptable and flexible (too small possibly inefficient?), maybe we should all have the courage to aim higher and do something ourselves rather than wait around for potential employers to come along?!


Just a thought!

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
8 months ago

Yep, definitely think an injection of confidence is needed here! Although I can totally understand, I would be terrified of starting my own org. What do you think would give you the confidence to start an organisation? Any tips anyone? 

Go to the profile of Margarita Ibanez
8 months ago

I don't know how to...therefore, also  lack of confidence