Week 4 SDWC check-in 🌷

Hello, how are your weeks going?

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Hello!

How is everyone? I just wanted to check in to see how everyone is getting on. 

I've now given feedback for all of the situation analyses. I highly recommend having a look and making any changes necessary as it will make the next live session much easier for you and the rest of your group.

MOUNTAIN CHICKEN

In the videos this week I chat about the mountain chicken, which is not a chicken but a frog! If you've never had the pleasure of knowing about the mountain chicken, then here is some more info about it.

QUICK POLL

A quick poll for you: Which of the following do you think is the most important in preventing a project from achieving maximum impact?

  • A lack of a clearly defined objective
  • A lack of an ambitious enough objective
  • An incomplete strategy that misses key things which need to be considered
  • A lack of expertise or skills to develop a comprehensive strategy.

IMPORTANT TASK FOR ALL BEFORE NEXT LIVE SESSION

In the next live session, we will be developing our theory of changes. This will be a lot easier if you have

a) read and reflected on the feedback given on the situation analyses

b) made any changes you want to your situation analyses

c) done the exercise within the week 4 videos of adding the scope, biodiversity target result and 3 threat results to your theory of change.

Any questions, please ask. 

ZOOM BACKGROUNDS CHALLENGE (optional)

A mini-challenge for you, if you are willing to accept... in the next live session, set your zoom background as an image or video related to what you are creating a conceptual model about. This was started by a participant a few workshops back and it went down well. Not compulsory! I'm thinking giant earthworms, dreamy coral reefs and beautiful sun bears. Details on how to do this here

Please add any thoughts as replies below. 

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 Rachel Stewart
8 months ago

Hi Beth
I think all of the points are important:



  • A lack of a clearly defined objective

  • A lack of an ambitious enough objective

  • An incomplete strategy that misses key things which need to be considered

  • A lack of expertise or skills to develop a comprehensive strategy


Best wishes
Rachel

Go to the profile of Beckie Garbett
8 months ago

Hi Beth and all!


I agree with Rachel, all are important, but I do think that "a lack of a clearly defined objective" slightly trumps the others in terms of achieving maximum impact?

Go to the profile of Beckie Garbett
8 months ago

Also, a question on contributing factors that are barriers as opposed to benefits. I'm a little confused about this. If a barrier is something that deters a group of people from carrying out a behaviour e.g., fear of arrest, then how is it contributing to the undesirable behaviours that are driving the threats in the context of our situational analysis?

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
8 months ago

Hello, good question, it is thinking about the reasons some people might be less likely to do this behaviour, which I realise is close to thinking about solutions which we keep saying not to do, but is subtly different. If you think about the reasons people might be less likely to do a behaviour, then you can use that information when you come to the theory of change, to increase those things that make those undesirable behaviours less likely. It is a bit confusing, so hopefully that makes sense but let me know if not. 

Go to the profile of Beckie Garbett
8 months ago

Gotcha, thanks Beth!

Go to the profile of Hannah
8 months ago

    Personally I think "a lack of expertise or skills to develop a comprehensive strategy" is the most important as it underlies a lot of the other important factors you mentioned. A lack of skills in strategy development can prevent you from being able to clearly define your objectives, take into account key considerations and achieve an ambitious objective. 

    Go to the profile of Léa K
    8 months ago

    Agree with Rachel and Beckie that they are all important but maybe the first one is the most important one as the objective is what guides the rest of the work.


    Sadly my current laptop won't allow for cool backgrounds on Zoom but I look forward to seeing everyone else's!

    Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
    8 months ago

    Good to read your thoughts all! :)