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Project Report | Mar 26, 2019
Peer-to-peer mentoring, the heart of the Network

By Marina Aman Sham, Nessie Reid | Global Environments Network team

Earlier this week, our Global Environments Network (GEN) core internal team got together (via Skype) to share updates of our work over the past few months, which included creating our communications and impact assessment strategies, producing impact interviews of GEN event participants, visioning and planning future GEN projects and toolkits, continuing to forge collaborations in the Network, and much more. We also brainstormed solutions for creating more efficient and effective ways of working as a remote, part-time, international team, which comes with its challenges! With Nessie based in the UK, Inanc in Cyprus and myself (Marina) in Malaysia—the three of us represent very different cultural, religious, ethnic and academic backgrounds and experiences. It is these very differences which add to the wealth and dynamism of our team, and is arguably one of our greatest strengths. We are drawn together by a common purpose: to work towards the success and expansion of the Network.

During our chat, Nessie raised the topic of working remotely: the challenges we face as we sit in our respective homes on a day-to-day basis without the conventional contact and access to face-to-face conversations that occur in a regular office. Don’t get me wrong, it does have its perks, such as determining my own hours and having self-determined flexibility. I get to spend time with my young child, before she heads off to school in the afternoon, who tickles me pink with conversations filled with humour, prompted by the innocence of childhood.

I mulled over what Nessie had said. Since the first Global Environments Summer Academy (GESA) was held in 2011, I have been in awe of the diversity of participants gathered and the way they sacrifice three weeks of their summer holidays to better themselves, rooted in their passion for their countries and communities. From Munich to Bern, and most recently in Oxford—we have now held six summer academies—participants have brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to GESA, sharing their stories of success and challenges with their peers, and building on it with the immense knowledge brought to the table by our expert resource people.

GEN is a collective leadership network that promotes social and environmental justice. An important aspect of our events is that knowledge sharing does not end when participants leave, and to achieve this, we strive to facilitate connections, exchange and collaborations among GEN event participants and resource people, who are all a part of our growing network. Keeping these connections flowing and encouraging future collaborations, outside of GEN events, is something we are continually working on and exploring ways to develop. To date, those involved in past events have organised three Regional Academies: in Latin America (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic), North America (Glimpse Lake, British Columbia) and the Mediterranean (Morocco), and collaborated in three Community Exchanges in North America (Capay Valley, California; Montreal, Canada; Sonora, Mexico) and one in Europe (Barcelona, Spain).

We are now excitedly looking forward to the upcoming regional academy in Peru: Latin American School for Food Systems Resilience. Carrying the theme “Transformative socio-environmental learning: fostering food systems innovation grounded in pluricultural dialogue”, the event will be held this September, driven by seven very impressive GEN Alumni from Latin America. Working to improve local livelihoods, resolve conflicts and restore environments, is a challenging task, and often, it is also very lonely. We are inspired by the efforts of our members, and because of this, we aspire to continue to provide the platform of GEN so that more emerging environmental changemakers are able to engage meaningfully with experts from other fields, to test and co-develop ideas to resolve socioenvironmental problems across scales, and to develop their vision and leadership in a network of peers.

Thank you for supporting global emerging environmental changemakers. If you would like to find out more about GEN’s impact, click here.

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Nessie Reid
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