State Wildlife agency culture change
State Wildlife Agencies are responsible for conserving our wild things and wild spaces throughout the US. As these agencies recognize the limitations associated with a predominantly white and male workforce, and a history of serving specific segments of the population, they are faced with an organizational culture that needs to change.
Resolve Conservation designed and implemented a series of workshops aimed at diagnosing the current organizational culture, understanding the structures and mental models that hold that culture in place, and co-creating interventions to transform the culture into one of creativity, curiosity and evolution.
Environmental and conservation organizations understand the power of forming coalitions towards a common purpose and centering the communities they are trying to serve, but they can often find themselves unprepared to create the space of courage and connection needed for meaningful and sustainable engagement to happen.
Resolve Conservation has developed a series of tools to help organizations navigate the discomfort associated with learning and growth. Incorporating immersive research methodologies, systems thinking, adaptive leadership and human centered design, we encourage community building, collective decision making, productive conflict resolution, centering unusual voices and diving into doing the work needed to move towards a space of equity and justice.
We have facilitated affinity groups and listening circles that reward the vulnerability and courage needed to listen to other people's truth, and the sharing of one's life experience while addressing shame, trauma and loss.
Equity and Justice in Conservation
Southern Resident Orca and a decentralized internet
Southern Resident Orca are critically endangered. Organizations in the Pacific Northwest have been using citizen science data to gather information on this unique group and although groups collaborate, there was a need for easier access and distribution of the data among different types of entities.
Resolve is currently partnered with TypeHuman, Orcasound and Orca Network to build a platform for citizen science groups to collect, store and share science ready data. Having a data commons with science ready data allows organizations of all sizes and types to aggregate their data to effectively reduce duplication of efforts while increasing their knowledge, improving their decision making process and negotiating better policies to protect the species that they care about.
BLOCKCHAIN FOR CONSERVATION
coyotes as our neighbors
Coyotes are becoming more and more prevalent in urban areas. Resolve is working with Western Carolina University to better understand carnivore distribution in these urbanized areas, and people’s attitudes towards them.
We will survey two urbanized areas to understand if access to wildlife coexistence education has an effect on the way people perceive wild canids in their area and how they react to encounters.
Understanding the effect of education on people’s perceptions and behaviors will inform resource allocation as we see more and more coyotes and other wild animals adapt to living closely with humans.
The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians (ECBI) and Resolve are actively working to prevent the spread of animal diseases.
Resolve created a road map for creation and implementation of a multidivisional animal disease traceability (ADT) program that aims to protect human, livestock and wildlife health inside the reservation with internal regulatory conditions, external partnerships and funding opportunities. ADT program creation and implementation will result in active monitoring of animal movements to protect people, wildlife and livestock inside EBCI territory.