Stella DiamantProject Leader, Madagascar Whale Shark Project
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Which category below best describes the type of organisation you currently work for/or run?
Areas of expertise
Would you be willing to be approached and share your lessons learned in your area(s) of expertise with our community?
Channels contributed to:Professional development Well-being and resilience
Rooms participated in:Collaborate and help others
Hi Stella! I don't have my own NGO but I can relate to a lot of things you say. After all these years working in the field in remote areas, I realized pure research sounds very romantic, but the challenge is to find a balance between a useful study and the goals of the NGO. Plus, keeping a humble attitude while standing your ground.
Lastly, flexibility and openness are key for me to be able to adapt to many different environments. To have this permanent learn-share state of mind is something you don't learn in the books :)
I wish you a lot of luck in your future endeavors and keep up the great work inspiring others!
Thank you for your reply! Yes, so many more things to add, but definitely I agree that having this open flexible approach is so important, while being humble and aware that we don't know much or aren't entitled to anything either!
All the best to you :)
Hi Sophie! Thats super helpful thank you. I struggle with finding totally bilingual translators for translating documents, and often can't pay for it so I rely on volunteers. I was wondering if there is a conservation network like Upwork (which I didn't know about, its awesome!) but for people wanting to volunteer their skills in conservation? Ie. I really need a graphic designer for a few documents, but limited funds. It would be a great way for someone to gain experience and have an impact in conservation, potentially turn into a long-term collaboration? I also feel there are so many experts out there in these fields just wanting to help out but it seems difficult to find them. Just wondering if anyone knows of a network like this? Thanks!
This is a great idea, connections are so important.
Sort of linked as you could call it networking, I thought some of you might be interested in this event on the 3rd December about burnout and resilience in conservation https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/another-thing-burnout-and-resilience-in-conservation-workshop-tickets-128105772815
Thanks Beth! I just signed up. Highly relevant in this field especially in this weird period.