2042 Today: Young Professionals Re-Imagining Conservation


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In this program, we collaborate with Center for Whole Communities—an organization that fosters the innovative and collaborative responses from different sectors of the environmental and social movements that are necessary to address the complexity of today’s challenges.  
Each year, about 20 young leaders, ages 20-35, are selected competitively to form an intercultural and multi-racial cohort that participates in an intensive 7-day leadership retreat. Our program is designed to provide participants with both experiential and practical tools that can transform participants’ thinking and actions.  The vision of 2042 Today is a conservation movement that looks like the rest of the world, and to get there we will nurture a network of young conservation leaders who see the world as it is becoming, and who have the skills, perspectives and relationships to evolve the field of conservation to better fit that future. We will help these young leaders to have a stronger voice in the conservation movement, to influence existing patterns of leadership, and to do their part to make possible a more graceful transition in power between the generations.

Feedback from 2042 Today Participants:

“I have never felt so enlightened, challenged, humbled, transformed, and inspired all at the same time.  [The retreat has affected me] deeply.  I see my work  – and the world – with new eyes.”

“The 2042 retreat is an experience I carry with me every day—in everyday meetings/tasks, but also when visioning and doing long term planning.  While on the retreat I was challenged, inspired, and given a focus to my work that didn’t exist before.  [The retreat] helped me take responsibility for the state of my organization.  It helped me see that more could have been done if I expected more to get done.  I felt empowered that I had a role in shaping my organizations future.”

“[The retreat] connected me to a network of young leaders working in communities across the United States to build a better and more inclusive environmental movement and introduced me to a great body of scholarship that explores issues of privilege and power in conservation and methods for making conservation work more equitable.”

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