March 2011: Nurturing Communications for Stewardship

Biodiversity Project's mission is to strengthen environmental groups by improving their communications to reach their conservation goals. During this session we will explore two questions. 1. Why is it that so few people value healthy restored natural areas? 2. How can strategic, research-based communications help change people's attitudes and behavior? We will explore techniques and tools to help groups plan effective communications and provide specific recommendations and examples of how to improve communications strategies and materials.

Presenters:

Rebecca Dill - Rebecca manages several of Biodiversity Project's communications programs and works with coalitions to implement education campaigns and create other communications strategies. These programs include a stormwater education program in 8 cities in the Rock River Basin of Wisconsin and managing a coalition creating a Habitat Conservation Plan for the endangered Hine's emerald dragonfly in Will County, Illinois. Rebecca joined the Biodiversity Project team in April 2008. She received a B.S. in geology from the College of William and Mary and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Public Service Management.

Lisa Brush - Lisa is the Executive Director of The Stewardship Network. Lisa has been leading collaborative conservation initiatives in the nonprofit environmental sector for over two decades. In her role as co-founder and Executive Director of The Stewardship Network she has engaged thousands of professionals and volunteers in identifying community and conservation needs of the 21st century and determining strategic support The Network can provide. She has managed and overseen grant projects from federal and state agencies, as well as family and private foundations. She has been involved in all aspects of organizational management including foundation/agency relationships, grant based project funding, budget tracking, contract negotiation, implementation, accountability, project reporting and staff and board development. Lisa has facilitated strategic planning sessions, focus groups, citizen task forces, community visioning sessions, and public involvement and feedback meetings with groups ranging in size from four to four hundred. Lisa emphasizes tried and true in-person methods of bringing people together augmented by the use of cutting edge online technology. Lisa serves on numerous boards of directors, has a BA in Science in Society from Wesleyan University, an MS from University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment, and is a graduate of Michigan State University's Great Lakes Leadership Academy.

Webcast Date: 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 12:00pm
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