My last posts covered some of the hard work happening behind the scenes at WILD10. In between shadowing some of the great staff and volunteers at the congress, I have managed to attend some of the plenary talks. The interesting stories / projects / people I have had an opportunity to listen to and learn about is really overwhelming.
Before I get into highlighting individual talks and workshops, I thought I would share the work being done by Generation Wild. The group has taken some of the most engaged and talented youth from the USA, and brought them to Salamanca, Spain to present their project ideas.
From videos, educational programs, photography work, and blogs, these kids have started amazing projects that will help make the USA wild again. After explaining their project, their inspirations and some of their successes (or projected successes), the kids asked attendees to help them. Two video projects, one from Hawaii's Trevor 'Apiki, and the second, a snowboarding film that deals with global warming, got the attention of a videographer, who connected with them.
The presentation format and the immediate feedback from the audience got me thinking about the WILD10 as whole. For me, it captured the eagerness to help that has been constant since I arrived. From the volunteers and staff who went out of their way to help each other before and during the conference, to the eagerness to collaborate with each other on projects from attendees and delegates is inspiring.
This theme of collaboration and helping is encouraging for everyone. The kids of GenerationWILD were met with open and helpful arms. I had the same welcome when I arrived, and I am certain everyone else attending the conference has. Such an environment can only encourage more collaboration, which can lead to amazing results. Best of luck to the Generation Wild kids!