WILDVoices – Youth led spaces through creative collaboration… We are a collective of young professionals in the environmental field creating a positive, inspiring, and powerful message. We are filled with innovative ideas and passion. We are sharing stories globally and inspiring change.
As the founder of the organization, I believe that young professionals in our field are doing incredible work that needs to be shared with a larger audience. We can make the World Forestry Congress a platform for such stories.
How WILDvoices makes this happen, and the basis for my proposed talk, is creating spaces in which youth collaborate and produce creative multimedia projects. There is an energy that happens when you put engaging young leaders together with a goal of crafting a story that inspires others to action. We’ve experienced this at the 10th World Wilderness Congress (WILD10) and the IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC), and believe that conferences such as these need a collective, youth led presence that increases youth engagement and media outreach.
My project started at WILD10, where I was covering the launch of CoalitionWILD, a global movement of rising leaders, for The Starfish Canada, an environmental blog. I realized that such gatherings have energy to them that young professionals ignite. After speaking to a colleague, it dawned on us that our generation has an ability to navigate technology and media in creative ways that can be applied to conservation efforts. We started WILDvoices as a collective of youth in our field to strengthen and broaden our voice to existing and new audiences.
Since then, our international team attended the WPC in Sydney, Australia, where we produced engaging video and written content. The video above was shown at the closing ceremony of the WPC. The diversity of youth at the congress was captured in the video, and shows how much of a collaborative experience WILDvoices is.
I’ve given talks about WILDvoices and public spaces to students of the Environmental Visual Communications program of the Royal Ontario Museum and Fleming College (Ontario, Canada), and lead a social media workshop at the WPC. Having an opportunity to share my passion with the World Forestry Congress would be an incredible opportunity for the WILDvoices team. I believe that my talk can show how youth from around the world are making a difference, and having the WILDvoices team at the congress can increase your media and youth engagement.
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