Spark Positive Action through Social Media
September 11, 2018
10a Pacific/1:00p Eastern (one hour)
Social media allow us to instantaneously share information with a wide audience. When it comes to environmental conservation issues, many of those messages can contribute to an audience’s ecophobia. Learn how the Chicago Zoological Society’s “Carlita the Candid Croc” uses social media to spark hope and positive environmental action.
Yvette Méndez is an Interpretive Programs Coordinator/Social Media at the Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo. She holds a CIG and CIGT and has been working as a front-line interpreter since 2009. Yvette has been exploring interpretation through social media since 2014.
Fostering a growth mindset in Interpretation
September 25, 2018
10a Pac/1p Eastern (90 min)
Dr. Jacquie Gilson
Today’s interpreters need to be open to new approaches and ideas. This means having a “growth mindset”, i.e., believing hard work, good strategies and input from others are keys to success. Join Dr. Jacquie Gilson for this interactive webinar as she shares the basics of “fixed” versus “growth” mindsets and her experiences with “up, down and all around” feedback with interpreters. We’ll also talk about fostering a growth mindset through using inspiration as a foundation, dialogic interpretation and audience-centered programming.
Jacquie has been actively involved in interpretation for 35 years and has worked for many different park agencies. She completed her doctorate in social sciences in 2015, after undertaking research focused on the role of inspiration in interpretation. She is the Interpretation Coordinator for Parks Canada and the principal of InterpActive Planning.
Controversy: Addressing Sensitive Subjects in Non-Personal Interpretation
October 30, 2018
10a Pacific/1:00p Eastern (1 hr)
Whether it’s an uncomfortable historic event or a hot button political issue, addressing controversial topics in signage, publications, and online can be even more difficult than face-to-face. With a limited number of characters to interpret a topic that inflames passions, how can you be succinct, thoughtful, and respectful?
Ray is the Curator at Memorial Hall Museum in Deerfield, MA and has spent the last decade working as in interpreter for the National Park Service and several non-profit museums. With extensive experience drafting and designing waysides, museum/VC exhibits, web and social media content, and publications, Ray has interpreted everything from wolves to ice cream. Both of which were controversial.