TALKS IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC
Presenting stories of India’s wildlife to a global, multicultural audience has been a long time dream. This was materialised through the Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellowship, a mid-career professional development program at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i. The APLP links advanced and interdisciplinary analysis of emergent regional issues with experiential leadership learning. It empowers future leaders with the knowledge, skills, experiences and supportive community needed to successfully navigate personal and regional change in the 21st century. Over the past 17 years, 500 emerging and current leaders from more than 30 countries have participated in the APLP.
During Term 1, every Wednesday was a day off where fellows can involve with different activities in the community. One of my involvement was to present wildlife and conservation leadership stories from India to global audience in schools, University of Hawaii, Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Management, Hawaii Nature Center and with Hawaiian Environmental Education Alliance.
During the Term 2, I continued the same in Sri Lanka, Singapore, India, Thailand and Indonesia through a community driven research project and applied leadership learning. Presenting stories from India and in the process hearing environmental stories from these countries was an incredible learning experience.