Learn How to Successfully Keep Your Trash Out of Our Ocean
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Learn How to Successfully Keep Your Trash Out of Our Ocean

An estimated 17 billion pounds of trash flow into the ocean every year. You can make a difference!
3.0 (1 rating)
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Created by BJ Smith
Last updated 3/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 44 mins on-demand video
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Get more funding, sponsors and volunteers; all while doing what they love
  • Get out of the rut of cleaning the same places every year
  • Create dynamic and popular events and programs
  • Become great leaders, create action plans and manage large projects
  • Empower future clean water advocates to create continuity (and more free time for you)
  • Work smarter not harder; control local program development; be proactive and not reactive
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Requirements
  • About 3-4 hours a week for several weeks
  • A love of your local shoreline, waterbody and ocean
Description

“An estimated 17 billion pounds of trash flow into the ocean every year.”

How do we keep our ocean trash free? Your leadership is urgent and critical! 

Clean water programs for small organizations are often limited to managing annual shoreline cleanups. This grossly underestimates your leadership abilities. Shorecombers offers a series of dynamic courses for you the front line volunteers who are dedicated to saving your piece of paradise be it a beach, river, creek, lake or wetland. We aim to answer the often asked question: “How can I make the biggest difference?”

It’s time for you to move beyond just picking up trash a few times a year towards stopping the trash all together with sustainable programs you love. 

In our online workshop you will master the skills to dramatically increase your effectiveness with a clear plan of action. You will develop and expand on you programs to gather more funding, sponsors and quality volunteers making you more sustainable and effective. According to BJ Smith, founder of Shorecombers “You don’t have to be a clean water group to make a difference. We train individuals and groups who care about clean water. They can be surfers, birdwatchers, anglers, boaters, or people who live along the river and sea shore. We train small groups and individuals because they are the foot soldiers most likely to carry out the work on the ground.”


Who is the target audience?
  • Who should take this course?
  • You feel that you are working alone and want qualified people to work with you
  • You don’t want to waste any more time reinventing the wheel
  • You want to know where you fit in the clean water community
  • You need funding, sponsors and volunteers
  • You want a sustainable program that goes on when you retire
  • You want to leave a clean ocean to future generations
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Curriculum For This Course
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Shorecombers Trash Blast: Building Partnerships
5 Lectures 44:05

Come with me as we dive deep into our communities looking for trash, funding, sponsors and volunteers. We’ll be building plans and programs that keep your trash out of our ocean. You don’t need prior experience, just a love of the ocean and all the waters that feed into it. Some of you will already have clean water programs and others want to add clean water and trash free programs to your club and neighborhood activities. Some of you will have very large organizations and others will work with small clubs or at the neighborhood level. All of your work is essential! No group is too small to make a difference.

Preview 13:00

To develop a plan and program that has support across a broad base, you need to develop a collaborative, service oriented leadership style. This is the essence of servant leadership. Leadership starts with a desire to serve. All of you here are on the quest to keep your trash out of the ocean and to keep your community clean – you have come to this class with the desire to elevate your capacity to serve.

Preview 05:36

"Is it possible that through our assumptions, our topics, and our choice of questions, we largely create the world we later discover? Do we live—every one of us—in worlds that our inquiries create? Do human systems grow, construct themselves, or evolve in the direction of what they most persistently and genuinely ask questions about? If so, what should be the questions?" (Cooperrider and Barrett 2002)

Possibilities Abound with Appreciative Inquiry
08:28

So now you have the temperament of a servant leader and the community engagement interview style of a positive, collaborative leader. Before you hit the field to interview your partners, your stakeholders, let’s take one more lecture. This next lecture breaks your stakeholders down into categories and gives you a system to analyze and manage all the people and information that you are collecting.

Powerful Stakeholder Engagement
09:37

Yes that was fast wasn’t it? You were having such a great time with the appreciative interviews that you didn’t realize you had already gathered enough information to prepare your preliminary goals! In this lecture I review my own "homework". I take observations and opportunities from Stakeholder Interviews and synthesize them into preliminary goals for a trash free ocean.

Homework Review and Preliminary Goals
07:24
About the Instructor
BJ Smith
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Fundraiser and Social Program Builder

I’m BJ Smith, strategic planner and social program builder helping people find their place in the clean water movement. 

I have been a public servant, president of a non-profit cleaning up a large urban river, filmmaker and international program manager.

I'm here now to help you make sense of all the trash in the ocean, starting with the trash in your territory. Join me to learn how to get all the funding, sponsors, and volunteers you need to keep your trash out of our ocean.