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Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Gabriela Baron, University of Auckland – New Zealand
Maria Baron Palamar, Resolve Conservation – USA
Design for Conservation (D4C) is an open-access methodological toolkit that grassroots environmental conservation groups can use to maximize innovation outcomes and ensure meaningful community engagement. Our aim is to empower communities* to create and be a part of their own solutions autonomously, upholding their values and their independence, and ultimately create a more resilient landscape.
The D4C method fosters innovations on 3 levels: The “technical solutions” level (products/services/policy), the “communities” level that will support this innovation (relationships/connections/collaborations/transdisciplinarity), and the “mental models” level that shape and drive these communities (beliefs/meanings/culture). Only by working systematically on these 3 levels, sustainable transformation will be possible.
This method also acknowledges that there are clear links between healthy ecosystems and people’s cultural and spiritual wellbeing, and it seeks to integrate these dimensions through a holistic model that balances connection, community and purpose with technical rigor, arriving to tangible and viable solutions.
In this workshop, you will learn about the Design for Conservation methodology and experiment with some of the highly visual tools that we have created to help teams tackle environmental conservation challenges. This is a collaborative, hands-on experience that will inspire us to commit to our values, to each other and to our land before and during a project, through a step-by step framework for innovation.
*The D4C method highlights the importance of a decolonial approach to solving grand challenges. In New Zealand, it acknowledges that conservation has been successfully carried out by Maōri communities for centuries, and does not intend to undermine nor to replace traditional practices.