CEC at CEESP Sharing Power conference

Two CEC workshops at the CEESP Sharing Power conference addressed 'communicating change' and 'sharing power between generations'.


Participants at the Sharing Power conference 11-15 January 2011 in New Zealand included the following members of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication:

  • Keith Wheeler, CEC Chair;
  • Wendy Goldstein, CEC Deputy Director;
  • Frits Hesselink, CEC Special Advisor; 
  • Dominic Stucker, CEC Steering Committee, and
  • Brad Smith, CEC Special Advisor for Private Sector Partnerships.

CEC workshop #1

CEC's Keith Wheeler, Wendy Goldstein and Brad Smith facilitated a workshop at the Sharing Power conference called 'Sharing Power - Communicating Change - Shaping Our Future'. It asked these key questions:

  • What does sharing power mean to each of you?
  • Who should be influenced? What behavior changes are needed?
  • How can communication support change?

CEC workshop #2

CEC members Dominic Stucker and Frits Hesselink co-facilitated the workshop 'Sharing Power Between Generations' with support from Tui Warmenhoven, a local Maori lawyer, community activist and mother. In the workshop they asked the following questions of participants: 

  • What does sharing power across generations mean for each of you?
  • What barriers exist to sharing power between generations?
  • What opportunities are there for expanding networks, shaping ideas, collaborating, and helping build new leadership?
  • What pathways forward are there to engage younger and more senior generations?

For more information about the intergenerational workshop, read the full story >>

About the conference

Sharing Power is the first global Conference to be convened by the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP). Consistent with the core values of CEESP, the partners in this Conference are indigenous and local organisations and communities (Te Runanga o Ngati Awa and Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi)

'Sharing Power: A New Vision for Development' is a multi-disciplinary conference about de-centralisation in the governance and management of biocultural resources. It is about enabling indigenous peoples and local communities to have greater rights and responsibilities in governance and management of the landscapes and ecosystems they live in and near. Communities and Cities can and do show leadership when Governments struggle at both national and UN levels as the Copenhagen Climate change talks clearly demonstrated. What are the successful models of indigenous and community managed natural resources? How can people better exercise their citizenship responsibilities to the environment?

The conference builds on the CEESP vision statement:

  • A world where equity is at the root of a dynamic harmony between people and nature, as well as among peoples. A world of diversity, productivity and integrity of natural systems. A world in which production and consumption patterns are sustainable. A world where cultural diversity is intertwined with biological diversity and both generate abundant livelihoods opportunities.

At the January 2011 event, speakers in Plenary sessions included four Keynote speakers - Sir Hirini Moko Mead (NZ), Winona La Duke (Ojibwe,USA), Ashok Khosla (India) and Professor Elinor Ostrom (USA) as well as Julia Marton-Lefevre (IUCN DG) by video. Other Plenary speakers include the Minister of Maori Affairs, Hon Pita Sharples, the Chairs of the six IUCN Commissions, youth representatives and members of the CEESP Steering Committee.

The programme's six Conference streams were:

  1. Pathways to a new vision of conservation and development;
  2. Indigenous Values, Biocultural heritage and the Role of Protected Areas;
  3. Power-Sharing and Shared Governance in Practice;
  4. Grassroots Responses to Land Grabs, Extractive Industries and Climate Change;
  5. Re-Thinking Economics; and
  6. Inter-Cultural Dialogue, Education and Communicating Change.

The Conference included field trips into five Iwi (Maori tribal nations) where some presenters had an opportunity to present their ideas and experiences to indigenous communities.

The sponsors of this Conference included IUCN, CEESP, Te Runanga o Ngati Awa, Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, Victoria University of Wellington, Te Puni Kokiri: Ministry of Maori Development, NZ Lottery Community, J.R. MacKenzie Trust, Nga Pae o te Maramatanga and the Rights and Resources Institute.

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