'Dialogue; Collaboration; Support; Team-building; Motivation'
These are the key words which characterized this productive and essential face-to-face meeting by the Capacity Development Commission 2018-2019 (CDC). Over a three day workshop in Germany, the commission bonded through various team-building activities such as identifying main motivations for working in IFSA, doing dishes, identifying their personal strengths and weaknesses, and pushing the limits of their taste buds with delicious spicy foods. At the end of those intensive days, the commissioners had identified the CDCs main goals and projects for this coming year, to meet the needs of IFSA students in regards to education, celebrations of cultural diversity, and professional growth.
Why was this meeting such a success? Not only was the team able to meet face-to-face to learn from and understand each other, but they were able to develop a tangible work plan with the Board that aligns with the IFSA goals. Just as importantly, they shared in an enrichment of the IFSA spirit.
So what projects should you be looking forward to? Here are just a few: The sharing of monthly forest education information via the IFSA newsletter; mentorship opportunities at events; an updated Global Forest Information Systems education section for use of students (GFIS); a guidebook for IFSS organizing committees; workshops on cultural competencies; an online resource guide and toolkit on forest education; and youth events at the IUFRO World Congress in Brazil. It’s going to be an incredible year!
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