Conservation Network of Optimists Worldwide (ConservationNOW)
We believe that Conservation Optimism is more than our online hub — it’s a spirit and an ethos that many organizations are embracing as we all move forward to build a more effective, more inclusive, and more active future for conservation.
To this end, we are working to build robust reciprocal relationships with organizations — collectively called the Conservation Network of Optimists Worldwide, or ConservationNOW — that uphold the vision that we have outlined in our Mission Statement.
The organizations below are working to inspire, motivate, equip, support, and empower conservationists around the world, and they’ve joined this network so that collectively we can all be more effective at sharing our successes, broadening our reach, and maximizing our impact.
If you would like to join #ConservationNOW, send us an email to learn more!
- Conservation Optimism is a global community dedicated to inspiring and empowering people around the world to make a positive difference for nature.
- We are committed to fostering effective action, interest and wonder in the natural world, across generations, borders, languages and cultures.
- We are dedicated to equipping, enabling and empowering conservationists at all career stages and from all backgrounds.
- We are building a community whose members can draw strength, resilience and energy from togetherness and shared purpose.
- We will amplify the reach of conservation by transforming the discourse from “doom and gloom,” into a refreshing vision of the future of nature and how to get there.
- We will bring society together in realizing this vision, including voices from the arts, business and civil society as well as from conservation science and practice.
- We believe being optimistic shouldn’t underestimate the challenges faced in conservation. Rather, optimism uses the power of hope to provide motivation for meaningful action. This helps us learn from our setbacks and successes to move forward and find new solutions.
- We are an inclusive movement of scientists, artists, professionals, businesses, NGOs and generally motivated humans of all ages and backgrounds, open to everyone.
By joining ConservationNOW, members agree to strive to join us in:
- Being optimistic but realistic
- Building an inclusive, global community
- Welcoming everyone who wants to contribute
- Fighting burnout and negativity
- Combining disciplines and sectors in innovative and creative ways
- Sharing optimistic stories, tools and ideas to help us all do conservation better
- Reaching out using a range of approaches and forums, online and in person
- Changing the discourse about conservation and what it can achieve by sharing and learning from the Optimism communities
- Amplifying diverse voices and experiences
- Being free-thinking and informal
By joining ConservationNOW, members pledge to refrain from:
- Engaging in messaging that is counter to the ethos of Conservation Optimism (eg: posting negative messages without an action point, or messaging where the primary takeaway is despair. Obviously all conservation groups will post sad, scary, troubling, sobering, infuriating, or otherwise bleak stories, but Conservation Optimism means finding a way to give people a way of contributing to solutions.)
- Excessive self-promotion on the site
Conservation Optimism helps ConservationNOW members by:
- Sharing and spreading the ConservationNOW members’ #conservationoptimism messages across all of our channels to help further the partner organization’s reach and expand their audience.
- Encouraging cross-promotion between ConservationNOW members.
- Editing and hosting blog posts by or about ConservationNOW members, and push them out on our social media channels to ensure maximum impact.
- Publicizing the ConservationNOW members’ optimistic work, events, and visions in our network.
- Adding a point person to the Conservation Optimism leadership team and involving them in strategic planning for the Conservation Optimism movement.
ConservationNOW members help the wider Conservation Optimism community by:
- Actively using the #conservationoptimism hashtag on social media with content that embodies the Conservation Optimism vision & complies with the general Conservation Optimism community guidelines
- Contributing blog posts about their work to conservationoptimism.org
- Designating a point person to contribute to the leadership team of Conservation Optimism, so that we can ensure that our strategic development is as inclusive and diverse as possible.
- Always including an action point in negative messaging so that people can find hope, inspiration, or motivation in even dire stories.