California Fall Fellows' Retreat

Friday, October 5, 2012 (All day) - Sunday, October 7, 2012 (All day)

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The Headlands Institute, Marin Headlands, Sausalito, CA

 

2012 CALIFORNIA SWITZER FELLOWS' FALL RETREAT

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The Headlands, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Sausalito, CA

Friday, October 5, 2012

(Evening arrival for all 2012 California Fellows, and out of town travelers.  New Fellows, please arrive in time for dinner!)

5:00 pm                Check-in

6 – 7:00 pm         DINNER

7 – 9:00 pm         INTRODUCTIONS, ORIENTATION FOR NEW FELLOWS

  • Welcome and introductions
  • Presentation of leadership concepts
  • Fellows identify networking topics to connect with other Fellows

Saturday, October 6, 2012

8 – 9:00 am         BREAKFAST

9 – 9:40 am         WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS

9:40-12:30 pm    TRAINING: MESSAGING AND COMMUNICATIONS

                                We offer this training at the fall retreat as the first step in our effort to help Fellows develop effective communication skills.  For these trainings, we have the great privilege of engaging with a terrific group of trainers and practitioners.  Liz Neeley of COMPASS specializes in training scientists and experts to improve their ability to engage with the press, public, and policy makers.  The morning session will include training with active field journalists on topics such as:

  • Welcome to My World - journalists provide a window into their worlds, describing their media's characteristics (newspapers, internet, magazines, radio) and where they each fit within the media ecosystem, including their opportunities, challenges and constraints.  Q and A will be moderated by COMPASS staff.
  • Bridging the Worlds of Science and Journalism - our COMPASS trainer compares and contrasts journalists and scientists/experts, and discusses obstacles for scientists/experts to overcome.
  • Communicating Complexity - introduction to the Message Box, a simple yet powerful tool for identifying and streamlining your message.  Participants work in small groups, then begin sharing the Message Boxes for peer feedback.

The morning session will conclude with time for individual work on the Message Box, and participants will workshop their Message Box one-on-one with other participants in an "Elevator Speech Speed Dating" exercise.

12:30-1:30 pm    LUNCH

1:30 - 4:45 pm    MESSAGING AND COMMUNICATIONS – MOCK INTERVIEWS AND SMALL GROUP WORK

                                The afternoon segment will engage our journalist partners in preparing for and participating in mock interviews.  Following a group discussion, all new Fellows and grantees, and others as time permits, will be able to try out their message during a mock interview with a real team of journalists.  We will conclude with a lecture on “Finding Your Voice/Social Media”, and with a group activity on crowdsourcing and networking.

4:45- 5:00 pm      DEBRIEF, CONCLUDE TRAINING

5 – 6:00 pm          BREAK – take a walk, stretch your legs!

5:30 – 6:00 pm    NETWORKING RECEPTION

6 – 7:00 pm          DINNER

7 – 9:00 pm       "FLASH TALKS" - A great way to share information and seek collaboration among your colleagues!  Presenting is optional but strongly encouraged and feedback and some fun is required!  We will have time for up to five participants to bring 4 slides and you will have 4 minutes to pitch an idea, seek input into a project or problem you are trying to solve, or test a message you want to deliver.  Bring your slides on a flash drive, or email them in advance.  This is similar to “Pecha Kucha” or other “lightning talks” that emphasize concise invitation or pitch for feedback to an idea.  Contact Lissa or Erin if you'd like to present an idea!

9:00 pm CAMPFIRE

Sunday, October 7, 2012 

8 – 9:00 am         BREAKFAST

9 – 10:30 am       LEADERSHIP AND CAREER COACHING - SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION- we will hear from environmental professionals and Fellow colleagues who will share their leadership experience and insights to stimulate your career planning, network building, and leadership skill development.

10:45-11:00am   BREAK

11:00 am              PRESENTATION OF 2012 FELLOWSHIP AWARDS

11:30-12:30pm   KEYNOTE ADDRESS by Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow-in-Residence, Post Carbon Institute. Life After Growth: Building Community Resilience in a World of Declining Energy. The world's supplies of cheap, high-quality fossil fuels are depleting, leaving us with the options of expensive, low-quality hydrocarbons - or energy alternatives like solar or wind. None of these will be able to supply us with the quantity or quality of energy we are used to. How will we adapt our transport, food, finannce and other essential societal systems to function in this new era of energy constraints? This talk will explore both the threats and the opportunities at our doorstep. 

                               Richard Heinberg is an author and Senior Fellow-in-Residence at the Post Carbon Institute, and is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost Peak Oil educators.  He has authored scores of essays and articles that have appeared in such journals as Nature, The Ecologist, The American Prospect, Public Policy Research, Quarterly Review, Z Magazine, Resurgence, The Futurist, European Business Review, Earth Island Journal, Yes!, Pacific Ecologist, and The Sun; and on web sites such as Alternet.org, EnergyBulletin.net, TheOilDrum.com, ProjectCensored.com, and Counterpunch.com.  He has appeared in many film and television documentaries, including Leonardo DiCaprio's 11th Hour, and is a recipient of the M. King Hubbard Award for Excellence in Energy Education.

12:30-1:30pm     LUNCH

1:30 pm                DEPART

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Registration Deadline:  August 29, 2012

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