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Seminar: SEEing Sustainability
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Presenter: Ancilleno Davis 

Dr. Ancilleno Davis will show you how every element of your business and your life can be interpreted along the lines of Social, Economic or Environmental Sustainability and help you S.E.E. sustainability. The workshop will focus on preserving the four true resources of Time, Space, Energy and Matter, instead of thinking of money as a resource.

Seminar: Multispecies Intelligence as a Mindful and Ethical Practice

Presenter: LoraKim Joyner


Multispecies intelligence is one form of social intelligence, and like it and emotional intelligence all humans are born with a certain capacity which can be improved upon. We need to understand our human nature to be able to understand other species, and vice versa. Hence, we build upon social and emotional intelligence to dive more deeply into connecting to the needs and feelings (motivations) of other species, and how this understanding can lead to not just greater care for the animals we engage with, but for ourselves

Friday Workshop: Ocean Love: An Essential Tool for Conservation and Climate Justice
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Presenter: Eagle Ray Empress, 


We are all connected by the ocean. It is time for our global community to learn how to be connected, living in unity, while celebrating our diversity. A peaceful future where humans are living, working, and playing in harmony with nature requires that each of us become more self aware and intentional with how we are showing up every day in the world. Conservation is a way of being. This workshop will be dedicated to honouring our sacred relationship with nature. Our relationship with nature is reflective of our relationship with ourselves, because we are nature. Come ready to move, laugh, reflect, and develop skills such as phenomenological listening that will better prepare you to be an ally for Mother Earth and our entire human race.

Seminar: Fighting the Dark Side of Academia and Conservation

Presenter: Chris Parsons 


Dr Chris Parsons talks about the dark sides of academia and conservation, and how bullying, bias, neglect, and constant rejection can lead to a toxic and stressful work place. So to resist the dark side, Dr Parsons discusses ways to bring balance and a new hope back to the work place. Lightsabers not included

Seminar: Nurturing Nature Through Social and Emotional Intelligence part 1 is more Emotional and part 2 is more social intelligence.Monday and Tuesday 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Presenter: LoraKim Joyner

A recent review of scientific literature revealed that the major cause of conservation project failure was not external factors, but the lack of successful interpersonal relationships and low social capital within organizations and communities. This is good news, because it is something conservationists can improve upon. This workshop will describe the theory and foundational concepts of how emotional and social intelligence can lead to greats success, as well as team and community member satisfaction and resilience. Participants will practice the skills that lead to improved relationships, and inter-and intrapersonal health. Part 1 will have more theory and Part more practice.

Seminar: Mindful Leadership & Management

Presenter: Brooke Tully


Practicing mindfulness as an effective team leader means performing triple-duty! It

requires a careful balance of taking care of the self, being aware of how our energy

impacts the team, while also being attuned to and meeting the needs of each individual

team member. In this seminar, Brooke Tully will share what she has learned about

managing this mindfulness juggle through her direct experiences as a supervisor for 5

teams across 10 years. Includes tips and best practices for aligning work schedules to

meet energy needs, tailoring management styles for each staff member, and setting a

mindfulness tone for the whole team.

Seminar: Empathy for people and Nature:An ingredient to achieving success in every environmental Conservation Journey
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Presenter: Divina Lade


Empathy is a foundational element that enables people to take another perspective. 

In this talk I will be sharing some tools and processes in conservation work that present an opportunity to emphasize and practice empathy with people and nature. 

The power of empathy can change perspectives that  lead to achieving positive conservation and management behaviors.  

There are  many conservation processes and approaches out there and the question I will invite everyone to consider is this: How might we better integrate empathy in designing, delivering, and measuring conservation work?

Seminar: The Logistics of Ethical Conservation
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Presenter: Ancilleno Davis


Dr. Ancilleno Davis has worked, taught and studied conservation  in 11 different countries and territories. His experiences at historically black and predominantly white institutions across political, cultural and language boundaries have highlighted key points in ethical conservation. He will share this framework with attendees and participants will have the opportunity to engage with their own work to discuss the ethical challenges of science and conservation

Workshop: Inner Healing to Outer Conservation 
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Presenter: Claire Simeone


As conservationists, we dedicate our lives and careers to making the world a healthier and more sustainable place. Too often, our own health suffers and we find ourselves navigating burnout or mental and physical health challenges. This workshop aims to build a community to support each other on the path from burnout to health, designed to re-awaken your passion and purpose as a conservationist.

Seminar: Helping to Halt Harrassment 

Presenter: Amanda Donaldson


Fieldwork is an important and often necessary component of many scientific disciplines, yet research suggests that it presents a high-risk setting for incidents of sexual harassment and assault. This online workshop has been developed by a team of field researchers at UC Santa Cruz. It identifies the unique risks posed by fieldwork and offers a suite of evidence-based tools for field researchers, instructors, and students to prevent, intervene in, and respond to sexual harassment and assault. Through a series of practical intervention scenarios, this workshop guides participants on how to be an active and engaged bystander, how to report incidents, and how to plan field settings to minimize risk. Armed with these tools, participants can play a role in ensuring that field settings are safer, more equitable, and more welcoming for the next generation of field scientists. 

Seminar: The History of Conservation, Mindfulness, and the Impact of Nature

Presenter: Andrew Kornblatt


In this talk, we will examine the history and origin of mindfulness and the evolution of science based conservation. In addition we will examine the scientific literature of the effect of mindfulness and the effect of nature on humans. It is the hope of the presenter that this will show the interplay of these three forces on the nascient realm of science informed and conscientious conservation

Seminar: W&D: Deep Ecology - A concept for MINDFUL conservation

Presenter: Fabian Ritter


In this talk, I will elaborate a concept of “compassionate conservation” – which entails the deeper understanding of natural processes as the foundation for sensible and mindful nature conservation. As a cetacean field researcher, I will follow an approach from the marine conservation angle, using dolphins and whales as examples for what the concept is about, and why these animals are perfect illustrations of why a human(e) understanding of the ecology which we are part of, rather than seeing us a “keepers” or “designers”, is so important. Compassionate conservation will need a paradigm shift not only in biology or policy making, but on all levels, and must be based on us humans being able to personally change, so as to achieve societal change.  I will also describe concrete and tangible formats that are meant to trigger change in humans, with dolphins and whales being the “mediators” of such transformation.

Seminar: Environmental Empathy
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Presenter: Fabian Ritter

Summary of my talk: In my talk I will discuss how empathy for the environment, which conservationists often have a lot of, can be used to help us understand ourselves. The natural world can provide us a language to discuss our own trauma and a path to healing, allowing us to feel empathy and hope for ourselves. 

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