Civic Reflection for Conservation Leaders: Aldo Leopold Foundation

The Aldo Leopold Foundation is an organization that aims to inspire an ethical relationship between people and the land. ALF's mission is to weave a land ethic into the fabric of our society, to advance the understanding, stewardship and restoration of land health, and to cultivate leadership for conservation.

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Now I feel much more confident about my ability to discuss, and not debate, issues that I feel passionate about. I loved meeting knowledgeable people and realizing that our shared values were more than enough to overcome any age/experience differences.

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--Land Ethic Leader Workshop Participant

Aldo Leopold Foundation

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Attending the Center for Civic Reflection’s training made us realize how valuable reflective discussions could be for people involved in conservation. Too often, our work focuses on addressing particular problems with specific solutions. There is not much time given to reflection.

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--Jeannine Richards

Communications Coordinator, Aldo Leopold Foundation

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The Land Ethic Leaders program went beyond my expectations, it created a safe place to explore and honor not only my own feelings, but those of others. Listening actively was a powerful reminder of how what we think we know and what we believe is linked, vitally, to how we act... I look forward to facilitating programs such as this for individuals and groups within my circle of influence—may the circle widen.

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--Land Ethic Leader Workshop Participant

Aldo Leopold Foundation

Audience Focus

Aldo Leopold Foundation staff members and individuals involved in environmental education and land conservation.

Goals

  1. Build the capacity of ALF staff members to develop and refine their Land Ethic Leader training workshops.
  2. Assist ALF staff in developing useful evaluation instruments.
  3. Consult with ALF staff and help to identify a potent collection of readings and discussion questions for Land Ethic Leaders.
Aldo Leopold Land Ethics Leaders pose for a group picture

Project Description

In 2010, the Center for Civic Reflection began its work with the Aldo Leopold Foundation by training three ALF staff members in civic reflection facilitation. We then consulted those staff members on an ongoing basis as they developed and refined their Land Ethic Leader workshop and goals, based on the civic reflection model. We also assisted ALF in the development and design of evaluation instruments, readings, and discussion questions tailored to environmental education and conservation leaders.  

Impact

  1. ALF delivered 7 two-day Land Ethic Leader workshops from June 2010 to December 2011, with a total of 134 participants from 27 states and 2 foreign countries.
  2. Participants in the Land Ethic Leader workshops reported hosting 161 events, including 28 reflective discussions with students, co-workers, association members, colleagues, and/or the general public.
  3. ALF has built a core community of Land Ethic Leaders, including a Facebook discussion group and a newsletter to track ongoing activities.
  4. ALF has established and expanded their evaluation instruments and reporting based on CCR's feedback and guidance.
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