A way I’ve been able to share my experiences is through facilitating and supporting learning in formal and informal settings. Over the years I’ve taught and spoken at universities, organisations, workshops and community groups. These have covered formal education in universities, community and professional education through workshops, tailored content and professional development, key-note speaking at functions/conferences and working with community groups. These have mostly been specific and tailored education programmes around LST, conversations with communities and slow travel.
The following topics, reflecting my professional practice in landscapes and with communities, give you a sense of what I do – though I regularly work with organisations and go beyond these.
Communities, resilience and sustainability
The focus here is why resilient communities are important. What roles can resilient communities play in the sustainability of both communities and their landscapes? Why is this important? What examples are there around the world?
Conversations with communities
How do we go about having conversations with communities? What methodologies, ethical positions and ideas/assumptions do we need to be aware of and how do we implement them?
Himalayan conservation and development
The focus here is on the conservation of the Himalayas – the ‘third pole’. These are reflections of my 20 years working in the mountains and an assessment of potential opportunities and challenges for the future.
This focus is on the conservation and preservation of endangered species. How is their protection a socio-economic and political issue? How do people live in landscapes where species protection occur? What are their cultural attachments to both the species and their landscapes? What are the implications species conservation and the rights of local people?
Slow travel in landscapes
The art and essence of slow travel should be about making connections locally. Yet we often forget that making these connections provides opportunities for supporting communities and the sustainability of their landscapes. How do our travels support communities and their landscapes? Importantly, how do our travels let us re-imagine our reasons for travel?