Webinars are one of the ways in which Fellows and Senior Fellows share our gifts, knowledge, and skills with each other and with the wider world. In early 2015, ELP re-launched our webinar series and we've been thrilled to see the level of engagement - and the level of expertise in our fellows. We look forward to an exciting year of learning and professional development on a wide range of topics including: program design and evaluation, environmental justice, project management, communications and branding, social change strategy, and much more. We welcome your ideas and your initiative so let us know if you're excited about presenting or participating on a topic: [email protected]

Some webinar details:

  • Upcoming webinar descriptions can be found below, and contain registration links. It is a good idea to register in advance but this can be done at the last minute if needed. 
  • The webinars are free, FREE!
  • The webinars will be recorded and the recordings will be posted in the digital library on the ELP website. 
  • You can participate from your computer or simply call in. If you call in, however, you will miss video and slides.


Visit our Digital Library to see previously recorded webinars and see details of upcoming ones below...




Cuba's Organic Agriculture Movement - with Erica Bloom

When: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at noon eastern

Register: Register for the webinar here.

Description: In 2016 ELP Fellow Erica Bloom participated in an agro-ecology tour in Cuba through the organization NEEM. Her travels connected her with organic farmers, researchers from across the Caribbean and Latin America, and students from around the world. In this presentation Erica will share what she learned about Cuba's organic agriculture movement and how the changing U.S. and Cuba relations is affecting agricultural practices. She will also offer suggestions on places to visit if you're planning a trip to study farming in Cuba.



‘She’s the Top Dog: Stories of Women and their Dog Teams.’ - with Sally Manikian

When:  Dec 20, 2016 12:00 PM (GMT-5:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Watch the recording here.

Webinar Description:  

‘But, who’s the top dog?

- ‘I’m the top dog.’

- ‘No, who is the alpha? You know, the one in charge?’

- ‘I’m the top dog.’

This common exchange above inspired the title of this oral history project: ‘She’s the Top Dog,’ a play on so many concepts: on the gender-neutral term ‘musher’, and of the power of a story told as truth, without being challenged. This project is a celebration of the varied and beautiful stories of women and their dog teams, told in their own words, women at all stages of their teams, from women just starting to women who have been in the sport for 20 plus years, champions of 1,000 mile races and champions of sprint races, and women who never race at all. Women with 60 dogs and women with 6.

 As mushers, we do acknowledge and expect an equitable environment, an inclusive space of men and women competing and traveling together, where women notice our genders when we have to pee but do not always feel the constant male gaze. And yet, once we leave the runners and the trail, there is a very different system of power at work. There is a compelling story of alternative forms of life, as it is when we leave mainstream expectations for life at the fringes.

There is something wonderfully important about the stories told from women and their dog teams. The presence of women in certain roles in the world is becoming less rare and more ordinary, and in the transition from rare to ordinary I have become fascinated with the opportunity to raise up all these voices. The power and energy that emerges through their stories is honest and clear, of the beauty and bonds of these lives. It is public narrative, writ with similarities and powerful individual stories. The format is storytelling, but also mapped with numbers and with network maps.

Presenter Bio: Sally Manikian (National Class 2015) lives a life of persistent inquiry. Home is the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where she lives with and cares for her disabled brother and sister as well as the 16 dogs of the Shady Pines Sled Dogs. She has been a musher for nearly a decade, and has been training and racing her own team for six years, racing 100 mile and 250 mile races, including the UP200 and the Can Am 250 in Maine. Sally works for The Conservation Fund as the New Hampshire and Vermont Representative, and is also a freelance writer and engaged community member. 


Collaborative Systems Thinking: Understanding community stasis, change, and resilience through collaborative systems thinking with Ted Wong (From Wednesday, November 2, 2016) 

This webinar can be viewed in the ELP digital library, here.

Webinar Description: Society's toughest problems are weeds: we cut them back, but they keep re-sprouting from entrenched, hidden roots. Systems thinking is a decades-old framework for illuminating problems' deep causes and identifying the leverage points by which we might uproot these problems once and for all. In this webinar we'll discuss systems thinking: how to conceive of a community as a system, how to sort out the parts and connections that drive that system, and how to analyze the system model to understand why some interventions succeed and others fail. We'll also walk through and try out the Elephant Builder method, whereby community members themselves build models of their community system--turning their own expertise and experience into complex insights and effective solutions. Collaborative systems thinking is an empowerment tool. It embodies authentic inclusiveness: when done right, it places problem-definition and solution-finding directly in the hands of members of affected communities.

Presenter bio: Ted Wong (ERN 2007) is an ecologist. After fifteen years teaching ecology and computer modeling at various colleges, he left the classroom to become a climate change analytics consultant. He and ecologist Jessica Ruvinsky cofounded the Bellwether Collaboratory to develop and spread the word about the Elephant Builder method of collaborative system-modeling. Ted has a PhD in biology from Stanford University and a Master's in forest science from Yale University. He lives with his spouse, daughter, and cargobike in Philadelphia.