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This blog is primarily geared toward staff at the zoos, aquariums, museums (ZAMs), and other conservation education organizations that are part of our growing global network. We aim to provide you with cutting edge, challenging, and creative information, ideas, and tools to become as effective as possible at communicating about and for conservation with your visitors and the public.

See our ongoing communications research, or join our growing network, at The Ocean Project's website.

January 20, 2012

Fellowship, anyone?

There have been a couple of fellowship opportunities that have come across our desk lately and we thought you might be interested to know about:

The TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Program invests in promising and proven leaders who are committed to empowering others and to creating positive environmental change in their communities and organizations. Each TogetherGreen Fellow will receive professional development opportunities, a $10,000 grant to help support an innovative Conservation Action Project, and an opportunity to network with a cadre of committed leaders.

The Environmental Leadership Program targets emerging environmental and social change practitioners eager to connect their specialized work to larger environmental and social concerns. ELP offers intensive leadership and skill training, regional networking opportunities, and time for personal and professional reflection. Consisting of three retreats and additional optional trainings, their curriculum helps emerging leaders hone their leadership styles, improve their strategic communications, and strengthen their outreach to diverse constituencies. 

Check them out and good luck!

January 13, 2012

Whales to Windmills: Inventions Inspired by the Sea

Check out this TEDx presentation by Mike Chamberlain, Manager of Innovation for Guest Experience  at the Monterey Bay Aquarium: "Whales to Windmills: Inventions Inspired by the Sea."  (TEDx events are independently organized TED events in communities around the world.)

In the presentation, Mike highlights how different inventors have used biomimicry in designing new technologies. It focuses on solutions and opportunities that may  be possible in responding to climate change, without directly discussing  climate change as the impetus for these innovations.

January 6, 2012

Time for significant progress in 2012

Happy New Year to all!  The Ocean Project looks forward to working with you and our entire network of partners (now approximately 1,500 zoos, aquariums, museums, and other conservation organizations in 80 countries) to advance ocean conservation!

There is a lot on tap for this new year and we always welcome feedback on how better to help you do more for conservation.

For starters, please check out our new website! We've taken your input from our partner survey last year and tried to streamline the site and make it more useful for your purposes. It's definitely still a work in progress so let us know how we can make it better for you. Please email us directly with suggestions.

We are also improving the World Oceans Day website - organize your June event now! and redoing our Seas the Day website - this personal action resource for our partners to use will focus more on youth in 2012, with changes coming soon based on input from focus groups we are continuing to conduct with groups of youth around the US.

If you've not yet checked out our most recent market research update, please do. We're tracking awareness, opinions, and much more on a daily basis and will provide regular updates.

Thanks for your involvement and stay tuned for much more on a frequent basis through this blog, our Facebook site, Twitter, and, eventually, more on Linkedin.