The last workshop block addressed the issues not typically at the forefront of many people’s minds as they work to develop their projects. These issues are important to consider. Burnout, environmental responsibility, and culture shock may not be first priorities, but they deserve some thought.
In the Beyond Burnout workshop, Sean Knierim gave delegates tips to avoid losing their passion as their projects intensify. “Know what works for you—have different methods to recognize and mitigate stress.”
In the environmental responsibility workshop, Weslynne Aston warned against compromising integrity. “Put truthful information out first before another organization reports your environmental impact,” she said.
Delegates learned how to deal with culture shock from Patrick Keane of ThinkImpact. A self-declared lifelong outsider, Kneane has had to overcome cultural differences to succeed. He has found humor particularly helpful in making transitions, and sometimes being in a new environment has its advantages.
“Use culture shock to your advantage. It will bring a heightened sense of awareness, fresh perspective for your community, and personal growth,” he said.
Gordan Davis gave workshop participants a chance to look into the future, and address how to wrap up their projects when that time comes.