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

What is my fellowship about?


In 2018, I will travel to Scandinavia, the USA and Canada, to explore how environmental groups tell their story. I want to know how non-profits outside Australia share their message using creative (and effective) methods. From puppets shows and radio programs to super-sized 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 their local community, especially children.


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 George Alexander Foundation and the International Specialised Skills Institute. I am very grateful to the GAF and the ISSI for enabling me to bring together three loves: science, storytelling and art.

Who will I visit, during my fellowship?

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

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)

An island community weaves beautiful turtles and other sea life from ghost nets (harmful marine debris). The community gathers together one evening for a special puppetry performance, complete with traditional music!

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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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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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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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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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