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. I’ve also developed learning content for a diverse range of people’s education and professional development. These have covered formal education in universities, community and professional education through workshops, tailored content and professional development for conservation, natural resource management and community-facing institutions and agencies, key-note speaking at functions/conferences and working with community groups. These have mostly been specific and tailored education programmes as well as more general, contextual ones.
The following general topics, reflecting my professional practice in localities, landscapes and with communities, give you a sense of what I have done with institutions and agencies. Because the development of programmes is a collaborative one, regularly a programme will integrate ideas and topics from across 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?
Conservation and natural resource management
How can we bring communities into the conservation and/or natural resource management spaces? What are the links between community-led approaches and policy settings?
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?