Keisha and Craig are two executives working in parks and conservation who have collaborated in the past on projects as part of public-private partnerships, leading to the development of Canada’s Nature Legacy initiative. Keisha works in a provincial government. Craig leads a national NGO. Keisha and Craig got together at a conference recently, and shared some of their leadership experiences. Here are some excerpts that illustrate various examples of social capital in action.
By learning about conservation finance, and integrating this language and knowledge into her work with provincial parks, Keisha was hoping to craft a new path of collaboration around the issue of financial sustainability of nature parks. However, in a recent working group conference call about financial sustainability, there was so much disparity of opinion that it wasn’t possible to reach agreement on next steps. Keisha felt the discussion had to be put on hold until a new way of thinking could be found. Keisha was looking to create a shared mindset that would encompass the vision and values of the different parks and conservation stakeholders, however she was finding it extremely difficult to define financial sustainability in a way that would encompass the common interests of such a broad group
At the conference, Keisha was asking Craig for ideas on framing financial sustainability in a way that could bring the working group back on track.