Upcoming webinars & workshops:
WORKSHOP MAY: Generating Conservation from Social Media – 17.05.2022 4pm BST
In this webinar, Maria Carbin, from Conservation Optimism’s Social Media team, will discuss how to make the best use of platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Instagram to empower conservation. From accessibility to audience to presentation, she’ll be underlining the key things to consider with each and every social media post by going through the processes over at CO and highlighting how media can bring conservation to life. For ConservationNOW members only.
WEBINAR JUNE: How can YOU stop Wildlife Cybercrime? – 22.06.2022 1pm BST
With the onset of the covid-19 pandemic, the illegal wildlife trade has ironically shifted online. The major social media and ecommerce platforms have come under significant scrutiny for allowing the trade to occur openly on their platforms. Learn more about the trends in the trade, what is being done and how YOU can help curb wildlife cybercrime.
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WEBINAR MAY: Lowland Tapir Conservation Initiative: 25 years of tapir conservation efforts in Brazil – Felipe Moreli Fantacini and Gabriela Medeiros (Lowland Tapir Conservation Initiative) – 10.05.22 5pm to 6pm BST
The Lowland Tapir Conservation Initiative (Iniciativa Nacional para a Conservação da Anta Brasileira) is promoting the research and conservation of lowland tapirs and their remaining habitats in Brazil. Patrícia Medici has created and has been leading since 1996 a long-term research and conservation programme on lowland tapirs in the Atlantic Forests of the Pontal do Paranapanema region, São Paulo, Brazil. This programme has included studies in ecology, population demography, population biology, epidemiology, genetics, habitat use and effects of habitat fragmentation, as well as promotion of community involvement through sustainable development, environmental education and habitat restoration efforts. During this webinar, Felipe Moreli Fantacini and Gabriela Medeiros de Pinho will give us an overview of their journey and will reveal some of the project’s findings.
WEBINAR APRIL: Becoming an adversity ninja: How to be resilient in the conservation world – Jennifer Palmer (Women for Wildlife) – 12.04.22 5pm to 6pm BST
It is part of human nature to desire ease, abundance and connection. Yet, more often than we wish, we find ourselves in places of discomfort, lack and disconnection. As we journey through life, there are infinite moments when we get to choose how adversity impacts us, especially if we are in the world of conservation. When our natural world is struggling, our careers feel bleak, or feel things are simply piling too high for too long and simply “not working out,” how do we interpret it, learn from it and grow from it? Adversity holds a tremendous amount of wisdom if we allow it to be our teacher. Overcoming hardships is what builds resiliency and offers us the opportunity to expand beyond what we thought we were capable of if we let it.
WEBINAR MARCH: Using visuals to create conservation impact – Anthony Ochieng (TonyWild) – 03.03.22 12pm to 1pm GMT
Conservation is everyone’s role, and for us to achieve this we need to communicate to as many people as possible. Visuals play a key role in achieving this process. The webinar will showcase highlights from the projects conducted by TonyWild and will demonstrate how they have enabled them to achieve their main goal which is to create awareness about wildlife conservation.
WEBINAR FEBRUARY: Where can we find conservation optimism in today’s world – and why do we need to?- E.J. Milner-Gulland (Conservation Optimism/University of Oxford) – 17.02.22 4pm to 5pm GMT
In this webinar, E.J. will give some examples from her own experience of how conservation optimism can be found even in the most unlikely places – including Cambodia’s besieged forests and the now-desert of the Aral Sea. She’ll talk about her motivations for starting Conservation Optimism, and how together we can make positive steps towards meeting the challenge of our changing world.
WEBINAR JANUARY: Empowering youth to make a real difference for nature – Callie Broaddus, Alex Collins, and Joe Wilkins (Reserva: The Youth Land Trust) – 24.01.22 4pm to 5pm GMT
What does it take to create the world’s first entirely youth-funded nature reserve? How do you shape an organisation that bridges the gap between youth advocacy and tried-and-true methods of conservation? Reserva: The Youth Land Trust is a one-of-a-kind organisation empowering youth to make a measurable difference in the future of our planet through projects in conservation, education, and storytelling. In this webinar, the team will share their organisation and experience!
They will present and discuss the operational structures and creative strategies that they have implemented to empower effective youth-led biodiversity conservation. This will include instructive behind-the-scenes case studies and testimonials, highlighting how young people with a shared love of wildlife have overcome traditional barriers in order to elevate youth voices and allow young people to take direct action for nature.
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WEBINAR FEBRUARY: Positive Communication Toolkit: A guide to (re)framing conservation messages to empower action – Julia Migné (Conservation Optimism) – 16.02.21 2pm GMT
Join us to get a deep-dive into the Positive Communication Toolkit that Conservation Optimism developed in partnership with Framing Matters and ConservationNOW members. You’ll hear about the importance of the values and beliefs that underpin your message and will discover how to avoid common communication traps to bring an optimistic twist to your content.
WEBINAR MARCH: Social media 101: Building online engagement – Nina Seale (Synchronicity Earth) – 09.03.21 4pm GMT
Trying to build social media with a shoestring budget? Have you got one person or volunteer juggling social media with all their other responsibilities?
In this webinar, we will go over each of the main social media channels and talk about the usefulness of each one for a conservation organisation. We will discuss what to think about when making your social media strategy, and how to prioritise if you have limited staff time and resources.
WEBINAR APRIL: Helping conservation in real-time through an app – Megan Cromp (Key Conservation) – 13.04.21 2.30pm BST
Join Megan Cromp, founder and director of Key Conservation, as she discusses how her experiences as a wildlife biologist led to the creation of the Key Conservation platform, how conservationists can utilize Key to connect with a global audience who can give their professional skills, funds, and in-person help, and learn ways you can get more involved as the platform grows.
WEBINAR MAY: BackyardBio – experiential outdoor learning and citizen science – Jesse Hildebrand (Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants) – 05.05.21 1pm BST
Join Jesse Hildebrand, VP of education for Canadian non-profit Exploring By The Seat of Your Pants as he details the upcoming BackyardBio Global Nature Campaign running all May long. We’ll go over how the program came together, the many ways people can take part, the benefits of experiential outdoor learning and the potential for people around the globe to connect in a shared love of wildlife in their ‘backyards”!
WEBINAR JUNE: Building an online community: Conservation Optimism (CO) India hub’s journey of community-building during the pandemic – CO India Hub Team – 29.06.21 12:30 PM BST
The CO-India hub came into being right around the time the pandemic bought with it the very first series of global lockdowns. While starting their journey during such a turbulent time meant that our plans of hosting events were no longer feasible, they took solace in the fact that the power of the internet could galvanize them.
During this webinar, the CO-India Hub Team will share their story of starting a movement during the pandemic, harboring the powers of social media. They will discuss the process of choosing important components like which platform to use, what content to produce, and what audience to cater to. They will also discuss the rewards and challenges of building an online platform that essentially aims to provide a space for people to share their stories. The webinar will provide a space to have a conversation about building an online community, particularly within the context of conservation.
WORKSHOP JULY: Graphic design for social media – Teja Kovačič (Conservation Optimism) – 16.07.21 11am BST
In this webinar, Instagram Curator Teja Kovačič will talk about different graphic design tools and how to use them. We will be focusing on Canva, a graphic design platform, used to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents, and other visual content. Teja will show how she uses Canva for the Conservation Optimism Instagram channel and how you can use it for different social media platforms. For ConservationNOW members only.
WEBINAR JULY: Strategies of Conservation Education – Connecting Rural & Urban Educational Institutes & Communities, a look at some of the Success Stories – Biswajit De (WildRoots India) 27.07.21 12.30 BST/5pm IST
In this webinar, Biswajit De, the Founder President of WildRoots-India will share some success stories from collaborative projects and programmes related to climate, environment, biodiversity awareness, and conservation education. During the year 2010, WildRoots-India started connecting the educational institutions of the rural and urban sectors in the North-Eastern States of India, and the impacts on different communities have been amazing and have now opened new pathways, to plan, execute and document collaborative projects, enabling the youth to find out collective solutions to many problems such as habitat loss, hunting, and human-wildlife conflicts.
WEBINAR AUGUST: Tips for effective grant writing – Janice Law (Whitley Fund for Nature) – 24.08.21 11am BST
How do you stand out in a pool of applications? What do donors look for in a proposal?
Join us to learn some helpful tips on grant writing as well as ask questions based on your own experiences. Here, we will cover the basic outline of a proposal, what makes a good proposal and the “do’s” and “don’t’s” in grant writing.
WORKSHOP SEPTEMBER: Conservation Projects Visual Reporting – Anthony Ochieng (TonyWild) – 8.09.21, 15.09.21, 22.09.21, 11am-1pm
Conservation projects around the world all depend on funds. The organization that provides funds always requires a report during and after the project. Why not take a step further to learn how to create images that are linked together with your conservation monitoring and evaluation plan that will support your reporting, social media, and fundraising efforts? You will learn why you need compelling visuals, how to frame your project activities, how to share your outcome/objects with a series of images (telling the conservation project story). These sessions will be divided into the basics of photography, conservation storytelling, and a portfolio review.
WEBINAR SEPTEMBER: Playing with Wildlife Science – Gautam Shah (Internet of elephants) – 30.09.21 11am BST
Through the dedication of thousands of wildlife scientists and supported by continuously evolving technology, the conservation world is collecting an incredible amount of valuable data about our planet and its inhabitants. Hidden within that data are incredible, engaging stories of habitats, animals that live within them, and the people that study them. Yet, most of that data ends up in scientific journals or exclusive databases meant primarily for the scientific community.
Internet of Elephants exists to expose those stories to the public and drive empathy towards both the natural world but also those that have dedicated their lives to protect it. And they use games and interactive experiences to make their audiences active participants in those stories, rather than just passive watchers.
Join this webinar to learn how games can be a particularly powerful storytelling medium, and specifically how real science data can be converted into compelling experiences that transcend geography, income, gender, and age.
WORKSHOP OCTOBER: Storytelling – Find your stories – Nina Seale (Synchronicity Earth) – 6.10.21, 2pm BST
Storytelling plays a very important role in conservation communication and fundraising. We aren’t short of stories- we work with incredibly inspiring communities and many conservationists have fun tales of wild encounters. This interactive workshop will encourage participants to find their strongest stories and practice telling them with a small group of other conservationists. For ConservationNOW members only.
WEBINAR OCTOBER: Framing controversial topics – the example of palm oil – Lucy Radford (Sumatran Orangutan Society) – 7.10.21 2pm BST
Many topics in conservation can be difficult to explain without losing nuance or alienating part of your audience. In this webinar, Lucy Radford from Sumatran Orangutan Society uses the example of the debate around sustainable palm oil to discuss strategies for framing these topics and dealing with your audience’s responses.