Purpose-built and closely moderated online communication platforms, via an effective GEN Communications Strategy, for supporting and connecting GEN Members and sharing resources and opportunities via:
GEN Members-only groups in Facebook, LinkedIn, WhatsApp
Regular community newsletters
'Offers and Requests' newsletters
GEN in Action newsletters
Regular GEN Member Zoom mentoring calls
GEN Projects & Partnership
Ideas borne from in-depth discussions at GEN events and online interactions have led to successful collaborations, peer-to-peer mentoring and invaluable networking.
Examples of GEN Projects can be found here: https://www.globalenvironments.org/projects/
Our vision is to take this a step further.
We want to offer greater support, guidance and a more hands-on approach - via ‘GEN Project Packages’ - to support GEN Members to make their project dreams a reality.
These packages will offer GEN Members – and those interested in GEN - an opportunity to get their project ideas off the ground, aided with an injection of seed funding, as well as support and mentoring from GEN Resource People and staff members.
Each Project Package will be between £2,000 - £5,000 depending on the needs and the scale of the project.
Examples of GEN Project Package ideas...
1) Supporting and helping promote the Good Food March, October 2019, with the Land Workers Alliance
2) Supporting GESA 2018 Alum Sunshine Best set up 'Amnaya': an online database to preserve traditional plant-based knowledge, share techniques for sustainability and connect community gardeners.
3) Supporting GESA 2013 Alum Saber Masoomi set up a water-saving NGO in Cambodia.
4) Supporting a Welsh Food Manifesto and setting up regional Welsh Seed Banks
...plus many more.
Building on the existing work of GDF/GEN staff members supporting and mentoring GEN members, these are more official partnerships where GEN members - both individuals and groups - receive mentoring and support tailored to specific needs and aims. This is done via a focused approach at networking and linking relevant members together for collaborations, as well as advocacy support when needed. GEN Partnerships also include supporting individuals and organisations whose values and missions are aligned with those of GEN, via informal, often in-kind collaborations.
Some examples of GEN's many partnerships:
1) Teaming up with The ICCA Consortium (https://www.iccaconsortium.org/) to offer comms support and share contacts for campaigns, such as the petition against 'salmon farming in Yagan territory'.
2) Encouraging GEN Members, and offering editing support, to publish papers in academic journals, such as GESA Alumni's article 'The growing importance of shrinking wetlands: a tale of three cities' in Biodiversity - Journal of Life on Earth.
3) Providing comms support for the GDF/GEN-supported project 'Alleviating malaria in Venezuela'.
GEN Mentoring programme
Offering advice, mentoring and connecting Members to experts around the world working on conservation, restoration and other socio-environmental issues facing humanity, and the natural world, today.
The GEN core team is currently in consultation with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council to devise a programme that provides sustained engagement, peer-to-peer learning and opportunities to learn from failure and celebrate success. It will also support GEN Members to develop personal and professional Road Maps for moving forward with their dreams and goals.
GEN Research and Practice
Practical ‘how-to’ guides with tried-and-tested resources, and tools, for those working for social and ecological justice and positive change. Envisioned to run from 2020 to the end of 2021, these toolkits will be a collaboration between GEN and The Collective Liberation Project (CLP). They will focus on 3 key themes and will take a duration of 2 years. This includes an initial 6-month Research and Development phase, followed by a year-long delivery of the three toolkits (via three collaborative GEN/CLP events), and culminating in a 6-month Evaluation and Publishing phase.
The 3 themes will be:
1) Effective, non-violent communication and mobilisation techniques when working within communities;
2) Working with trauma and grief in the face of ecological crisis and tools for personal resilience;
3) Overcoming oppression and working with race, gender and difference.
Let's support the stewards of our beautiful planet!
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