Week 5 SDWC check-in

How are you finding the materials for this week?

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How are your weeks going? How are you finding the materials this week? 


Comments have been added to your theory of changes now for you to review and then make adjustments as you wish. I'm impressed at what you managed to achieve in the short amount of time in the live sessions. 


In the next live session, we will be doing a group photo! 🧀 We do this in class-based workshops so we thought why not do this for online ones too?! You are welcome to turn your camera off if you'd rather not be in the photo. Virtual backgrounds encouraged! 


We want your thoughts, please tell us which conservation training workshop we should make next..... Social marketing? Grant writing? Well-being even?! Negotiation?  

Please add suggestions below 🐸🐧🦋


At the moment, we use PowerPoint for creating conceptual models as we can use our font and colours. We've been using Google slides in the workshop which is good because multiple people can work on the document at the same time. With both these options, however, it can be a bit fiddly to make the arrows neat. Two suggestions for alternative software are:

  • Miradi - Conservation specific software which uses the Open Standard approach that SDWC is based on. It is free for the first 60 days. 
  • Y works - I've only had a quick look but it looks good. You can change the colour of boxes and there are lots of options for arrows. 

Does anyone have other suggestions?

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 Rachel Stewart
7 months ago

Not sure how many new courses you're thinking of running, Beth, but If you're looking at focusing on one new course to get started with, I reckon social marketing could be beneficial training.
Lots of people have varying experiences of using it as customers already, and I'm a little aware from previous colleagues about behind the scenes stuff like scheduling, analytics, etc, and a LOT aware how much time it can take up (not such good news!)
I imagine it could be important for:
- communicating all sorts of messaging like wellbeing?
- alerting grant funders to your cause?
- better following grant funders?
- maybe even filtering out fake news?
Rachel :)

Go to the profile of Teresia Robitschko
7 months ago

Hi Beth,
I would absolutely love a grant writing course. Grants are such a great way to get funding as an NGO, but from my experience they always come short & are hard to "tackle" without knowing the "ins and outs" of grant writing.

Go to the profile of Jo Harper
7 months ago

I think that social marketing and grant sourcing/writing would be really useful.  I also think that training to run workshops online could be a really useful one, as I think that, while we all hope that Covid restrictions will be over within a year globally, lots of people have discovered how valuable online training can be for a global audience.  



Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
7 months ago

Thanks for your thoughts all! 

Jo, I ramble about things related to online training on my website if you are interested here: www.bethsrobinson.com