2018 ISSI Fellowship: How can environmental groups better tell their story?


What is my fellowship about?

In 2018, I will travel to Africa, the USA and Canada, exploring how environmental groups tell their story. I want to know how non-profits outside Australia share their message in really creative, fun ways. From puppets shows and radio programs to supersized, lovable mascots -- it will be educational and fun! 


Why? I am keenly interested in how environmental groups in Australia - especially Indigenous ranger groups - can best communicate their work. I will visit, and learn from, international conservation groups who use effective, innovative and creative methods of communication. I am especially interested in how these groups explain their work to: (1) their local community, especially children; (2) project funders and (3) the general public. I will also do digital storytelling courses through StoryCenter, an international leader in participatory media training; an organisation that helps grassroots groups communicate their work.


My aim? To bring this knowledge back to Australia to help environmental groups to more effectively, creatively communicate the importance of their work on country. I grew up in western Queensland and am especially looking forward to sharing these skills with conservation groups working in rural Australia. 


My fellowship is funded by the International Specialised Skills Institute. I am incredibly thankful to the ISSI for supporting me to bring together my three loves: art, science and storytelling.

Who will I visit, during my fellowship?

During my fellowship, I will be visiting, interviewing and profiling a number of groups including: 

  • The Nature Conservancy (in Africa, Canada and USA)
  • Rare (Canada, USA)
  • StoryCenter (USA)
  • IUCN Global Gender Officer (USA)
  • Tide Canada
  • And other groups, as they emerge from my research and travels. If you know of another group doing great work in creative communication, please contact me! I'm open to suggestions.


To follow my fellowship and travels, visit my Instagram and Twitter accounts. 

What will I produce, at the end of my fellowship?

At the end of my ISSI Fellowship, I will create a series of profiles on the groups that I visit - the non-profits who use really creative methods to tell their story. It will look something like the matrix below.


Then, I will share these findings with groups in Australia, including The Nature Conservancy, Bush Heritage Australia, the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, Queensland Trust for Nature, and others.

shadow puppets & ghost nets

The Young Man and The Ghost Net

 Moa Island, Torres Strait, Australia

St Pauls village on Moa Island celebrates not only the first Puppet Show of it's kind in the Torres Strait, but the first puppet show ever made out of ghost nets and marine debris.  

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Watch this space! As I travel, I will be profiling these creative non-profits. 

profile 3

Watch this space! As I travel, I will be profiling these creative non-profits. 

profile 4

Watch this space! As I travel, I will be profiling these creative non-profits. 

profile 5

Watch this space! As I travel, I will be profiling these creative non-profits. 

profile 6

Watch this space! As I travel, I will be profiling these creative non-profits. 

profile 7

Watch this space! As I travel, I will be profiling these creative non-profits. 

profile 8

Watch this space! As I travel, I will be profiling these creative non-profits. 

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Watch this space! As I travel, I will be profiling these creative non-profits. 

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