Our approach to trainings, workshops, and outreach centers the participants – what do they want to learn or practice, how do they want to engage, and how can we design (and evaluate and adapt) programs and activities to be truly inclusive and effective?
We generally take a multi-layer approach to developing trainings:
- Core mindsets and skills: Critical thinking, systems thinking, and mindfulness
- Knowledge: Broad background information (as needed) for the topic at hand, then efficiently moving to specific information needed
- Specific technical skills: The skills needed to carry out work in the given topic/area of interest, ranging from cross-cutting skills (e.g., Microsoft Office, presentation skills, data entry and management, writing) to research methodologies (e.g., interview techniques, field surveys) to basic project management (e.g., preparing a research budget).
Trainings include: Foundational skills (e.g. proposal and report writing, research design and processes, interview methods, data management, academic reading for ESL students, presentation skills; critical thinking, systems thinking, mindfulness); Specific topics (e.g. rapid assessment of marine megafauna bycatch in fisheries, gender issues in natural resource management, marine conservation topics, presenting research to stakeholders); Research team training
We pay attention to not only the desired outputs and outcomes from any given workshop or meeting, but also to the process of getting there. We work to establish collaborative and mindful ways of thinking at the outset, to be put to use throughout the event and to help ensure that representative voices are shared and respected throughout. We outline the whole process of the event, including check-in points to ensure progress toward desired outputs.
Facilitation experience in: stakeholder consultations; research and planning workshops; discussion-based research symposium for stakeholders
We begin with mindfulness and empathy for the target audience – who are they, what do they already know, what are their interests, and what is accessible for them? Ideally, this would involve discussions with representative stakeholders from the outset. We then thoughtfully design means of communication that are appropriate and engaging for each audience type. A big theme in our work: “knowledge” does not only need to be communicated from “experts” to communities, but also from communities to “experts”!
Outreach examples: Village awareness campaigns on marine mammal conservation; public presentations; guiding outreach strategy for Myanmar Coastal Conservation Lab
“Empowering Women in Conservation” training materials
Women are critically important to their communities, and often play vital roles in harvesting, processing, and selling products made from natural resources. They are also vulnerable to negative impacts that harm those natural resources. However, in many areas, women are not meaningfully included in conservation-related processes – which means that these processes are missing out…
Developing an Innovative Conservation Training Program
At the Myanmar Coastal Conservation Lab (MCCL) at Point B Design + Training, we’ve developed a thoughtful, remarkably effective training program to build research and conservation skills and knowledge and to cultivate the passion that many youths have for environmental work. We designed this as part of the Gulf of Mottama Project’s (GoMP) Conservation and…