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Details of 2024 PCC Timeline and Logistics

  1. Applications are due by December 1, 2023.

  2. Applicants will be notified if they are accepted the last week of December 2023.

  3. First monthly meeting will begin in January 2024.

  4. Meetings will be bilingual in English and Spanish using Zoom’s closed captioning and interpreting functions. If you speak other languages, such as Portuguese or an Indigenous language, we look forward to working out together how we might address this challenge.

  5. We encourage team formation across different languages, cultures, and geographical regions and look forward to seeing how you will make this happen.

  6. Meeting dates and times have not been determined. There will be fluidity around these dates and times as we want to make these meetings accessible to as many as possible and we must also allow for LoraKim Joyner’s work in the field. Recordings of the meetings and webinars will be available.

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Accepted 2024 PCC applicants:

  • Will want to learn, share, and help the teams grow in impactful parrot conservation.

  • Will commit to a year of 2-3 meetings every month and supporting others in the Corps through agreements, presences, and shared work on the miniprojects.

  • If they have not already graduated from a previous PCC course, will watch the 12 different monthly Parrot Conservation Webinars (see below for topics) that teach parrot conservation and then complete homework for each one.

  • If not a PCC graduate, will attend a monthly live online meeting to discuss and review the parrot conservation methodologies and concepts.

  • Former PCC graduates and new PCC members will attend together an additional monthly Parrot Conservation Formation meeting where themes (see below for possible topics) are discussed. We will also learn together what Unconditional Solidarity means and how we can courageously promise to protect and cherish life on this planet. There will be an assignment to complete for each monthly discussion.

  • Former graduates and new PCC members will form teams that will complete a miniproject within the year’s time. Projects will include a heavy emphasis on awareness and educational approaches that address the changes needed, but they can also include direct application of other parrot conservation methods, such as species and habitat management, research, policy and legislation support, addressing livelihoods issues, and capacity building. These miniprojects will require interaction on a monthly basis between team members, including electronic communications, virtual meetings, and, if regional, in person gatherings.

  • Former graduates will lead the teams and support them in their miniprojects.

  • Will commit to participating for an estimated minimum of 8 hours a month.

  • Will receive a small stipend for these hours. If monthly requirements are fulfilled, total stipend amounts for new PCC participants will be $560 and for PCC graduates will be $680, which includes $200 for each participant that is to be used for a group miniproject. If you choose to forgo accepting this stipend, that will open up financial resources for more participants.

  • Will have access to online capabilities for webinars and communications. If you lack such access, please let us know and we will work out a solution so you can still participate.

  • Will present their experience in the PCC at a virtual webinar open to the public (with additional possibilities including writing articles and creating media presentations such as storytelling on social media, blogs, videos, and podcasts). We want the word to get out about what you are doing and how this is making transformation happen!

Parrot Conservation Learning Webinars will include these topics:

  • General methodologies and approaches to conservation

  • Specific methodologies and approaches to parrot conservation
     

    • Species management including monitoring and protection

    • Habitat management

    • Education and awareness

    • Research

    • Livelihoods

    • Capacity Building

    • Policy and legislation
       

  • The Five Intelligences (emotional, social, multispecies, ecological, spiritual)

  • Organizational Intelligence (conflict engagement, fund raising, agreements)

  • Transformative Conservation

  • Multiculturalism

  • Human Dimensions of Conservation

  • Biology, ecology, and social ecology of parrots

  • Biology, ecology, and social ecology of humans

  • Examples of parrot projects

Parrot Conservation Formation Webinars will include these topics:

  • What does Unconditional Solidarity mean?

  • How do we grow this?

  • How do we put it into practice?

  • What needs to change?

  • How do we change everything?

  • How do we change ourselves, families, groups, and communities?

  • What does change look like? What does transformation look like?

  • What does promising to cherish and protect look like?

  • How do we make and keep commitments?

  • How do we go on when we feel like we are without hope?

  • How do we engage in cherishing and protecting the world when there is so much loss and no guarantee of outcomes?

  • How do we engage with the existence of powerful and corrupt actors and influences?

Please suggest things you'd like to learn!

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