Open Spaces for All" is an in-depth study on developing a more inclusive state park and open space system for New York. The project was conceived and spearheaded by Open Space Institute Land Trust, a New York-based conservation organization, and the New York Outdoor Recreation Coalition. This session will share the innovative approaches, strategies, and frameworks used to actively engage hundreds of community members, businesses, organizations, land professionals, agency partners, and funders statewide. Participants will hear from project leadership and discuss meaningful lessons learned to increase inclusivity and engagement, connect with communities, and broaden constituencies.
It is often said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Yet that’s exactly what we do with our boards. We use the same old processes for recruiting board members, but are then disappointed when our new board members are no more connected, influential, diverse, or committed than the ones that they replace. We have long discussions, we develop matrices, we leverage our networks, and in the end, we ask the same kinds of people to join our boards. This session asks you to break free from that pattern! Using case studies from two recent board transformation processes at Outdoor Afro and the Outdoor Industry Association, we share a new model for board recruitment that will enhance your board and generate dramatically new results for your organization. We will share actions that you will be able to implement immediately to begin transforming your board.