Our direct outreach will focus on the colleagues, partners, and networks that we work with most closely—and for whom the information is particularly relevant. We believe this approach will increase the likelihood that the knowledge shared will be used and expanded upon. In addition, because social network research shows key connectors (also referred to as key nodes) are the most effective means of spreading information, we will enlist key connectors from our priority audiences to share the information and champion early adoption among their networks.
Across Hawaiʻi, our top priority is sharing and building upon these findings with the Maui Nui Makai Network, Hawai’i Island’s Kai Kuleana and Hui Loko networks, and the statewide E Alu Pu network. We will also promote shared learning through the Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance (HCA), a statewide network that has become a principal repository of local wisdom and expertise during its 25+ year history. HCA’s leadership has invited us to share our key findings and to work with them to develop and present a knowledge capture exercise at HCA’s December 2017 retreat. We will also work with HCA’s Next Generation program to integrate these findings in the diverse programs serving young conservation professionals in Hawaiʻi.
We will also engage key Hawaiʻi donors with interest in conservation knowledge capture and shared learning, including the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation, Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, and Hau’oli Mau Loa Foundation. These organizations are both champions of knowledge capture and shared learning and pivotal connectors with extensive grantee and peer networks.
Our primary means for sharing findings beyond Hawaiʻi is through our TNC colleagues in the Pacific and the project website and webinars. Initial webinars will be offered to the organization’s global networks, including Conservation in Partnership with Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (October, 2017), Community of Practice supporting Communities of Practice (TBD), and Reef Resilience Network (TBD).