New England Fall Fellows' Retreat

Friday, September 14, 2012 (All day) - Sunday, September 16, 2012 (All day)

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Location:

The Warren Center Conference Center & Inn, Ashland, MA

2012 NEW ENGLAND SWITZER FELLOWS' FALL RETREAT

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Warren Conference Center and Inn, Ashland, MA

Friday, September 14, 2012

(Evening arrival for all 2012 New England 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, September 15, 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.  Meghan Miner and Erica Goldman of COMPASS specialize 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, including Yale Environment 360 Editor Kevin Dennehy, 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 to be moderated by COMPASS staff.
  • Bridging the Worlds of Science and Journalism - COMPASS trainers compare and contrast journalists and scientists/experts, and discuss 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!

6 – 6:30 pm     NETWORKING RECEPTION

6:30 – 7:30 pm     DINNER

7:45 – 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, September 16, 2012 

7 - 8:00 am EARLY RISER'S WALK (optional)

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:  STRATEGIES FOR A SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY, with Susan Witt and Alice Maggio of New Economics Institute:

We are at a turning point in history.  Rising temperatures are now recognized as a sign of a planet in crisis.  Inequities between rich and poor, North and South, grow ever deeper.  The global economy has failed in its promise to produce and deliver basic goods in an efficient manner for an expanding population, leaving increasing numbers in abject poverty.  The environmental crisis, the equity crisis, and the crisis of distributed production all have their roots in the current economic system with implications for our culture, our society, and for our health and well being.

What would an economy built on the principles of fairness and sustainability look like?  How do we model it; where is it emerging; how do we collectively strategize to fully implement it?  These are the pressing questions of our time.

The New Economics Institute operates on the premise that the new economy will be built not by government decree, though government policy may follow, but by citizen initiative, region by region, in communities and villages and inner city neighborhoods around the world.  The New Economics Institute strives to provide the tools for this movement - through stories, and legal documents, and marketing material, but mostly by example.  Susan Witt, NEI's Education Director, will provide an overview of NEI's work, and Alice Maggio, NEI staff, will describe BerkShares, one such example.

12:30-1:30pm     LUNCH

1:30 pm                DEPART

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Registration Deadline:  August 29, 2012

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