[Coral-List] Effective communications tools?

Gino Sabatini ginosabatini at yahoo.com
Wed Dec 19 15:17:58 EST 2012

Katherine - 
When I've been in such situations... in small communities... my reaction is to go to the mayors office, such that he either calls the meeting or "approves" of it...  or I go to some other "high-ranking" official in the community who then gets the "OK".... buy-in into your project is very important... I've found this to work (over the years) in the Dominican Repubilic, in Madagasgar, and to a certain extent in middle eastern countries.... but also, a day or so ago Magnus Johnson reminded us of "Chapins thought provoking article: http://www.worldwatch.org/node/565".... read this article... and then keep trynig.
Gino Sabatini
Marine Science Consultant

 From: Katherine McLean <kmclean at lakeheadu.ca>
To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov 
Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 3:25 PM
Subject: [Coral-List] Effective communications tools?
I work with a small eNGO that operates in the Caribbean. One of the major
challenges I am currently facing is the development of effective outreach
and education campaigns to support our various projects. These projects
generally deal with coastal resource management issues (fishing, coastal
development… the usual for a small Caribbean Island). I am hoping that
there are some of you out there who have recommendations of particularly
effective communications tools that have been successful in community
outreach efforts.

I am not sure that our pamphlets and other papers are very well received by
fisherfolk, and community meetings are often expensive and poorly attended.
We are starting to try out hand at videos/documentaries.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Please contact me at
kmclean at lakeheadu.ca.

Thanks and happy holidays!

Katie McLean
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