Inspiring People to Care About Conservation
Your struggle to find an articulate hunter conservationist is over!
“Mark’s presentation greatly exceeded the request to engage meeting participants. His speech left us confronted with potential management decisions, a desire to pursue a life-long dedication to conservation, and a feeling of inspiration to create a better world!
– Todd Larsen, Executive Director. East Kootenay Invasive Species Council.
Unlock the Hidden Potential of the Hunter Conservationist within you
The BC government is embarking on a new initiative to develop an updated wildlife & habitat management framework and wildlife conservation funding model for the the province. It is an exciting initiative and it is has become a reality as a result of the years of...
Like you, Mark Hall is passionate about conservation, wildlife and hunting…in that order.
However, having the analytical mind of a scientist, aesthetic eye of an artist and the instinctual insights of a hunter makes Mark’s perspectives very different from that of other hunters and conservationists.
Unlock the Hidden Potential of the Hunter Conservationist within you
Groups of hunters and prey are often correlated in the animal kingdom. Hunters develop specialized skills for certain groups of prey species. Different prey species evolved different abilities to evade their hunters. Every action of the hunter precipitated, through evolution, a counter measure in the prey species. Prey species instinctively foresee the hunter and this relationship “…is the greatest instrument that Nature uses to regulate life on the planet.”– Josè Ortega y Gasset
“There is a greater meaning within the context of Nature why the instinct to hunt has not devolved as humans have evolved.”
– Mark Hall
Today’s hunter conservationists need to be more educated and credible than ever in order to communicate the importance of our role effectively with the non-hunting public, media and policy makers. Effective communication begins with re-educating ourselves on what our greatest purpose should be. Join Mark in a conversation that explores the essence of hunting and what new instincts modern hunter conservationsits need to put into action. Through this motivational and inspiring conversation, audiences will find hope and a clear path which will help them unlock the potential of the hunter conservationist within.
The Hunter Conservationist's Tool Kit - Smashing Heads Doesn’t Open Minds
“There are a few profoundly evil people in the world, but if you think you’re surrounded by them, you probably need to change your own psyche.” – Roger Conner
In his book “I’m Right and You’re an Idiot” author James Hoggan talks about the toxic state of public discourse. Wildlife conservation and the debate around hunting are not exempt from the traps Hoggan writes about in his – Smashing Heads Doesn’t Open Minds chapter.
Are you a hunter, non-hunter or anti-hunter concerned about reversing the combative and degenerating public debate that plagues the topic of wildlife and hunting? Are you open-mined enough to truly understand where others come from? Do you have what it takes to listen to those that oppose you?
“As a hunter I’ve learned more about my own values and the future of hunting by doing one thing – spending time to understand those who are adamantly opposed to hunting. It’s taken me 50 years to figure this out but wildlife conservation is more about people than wildlife. Without respect and understanding for one another there can be no good outcomes for wildlife, conservation or hunting.” – Mark Hall
Join Mark in a conversation that explores an understanding of why people are so different and divided over the topics of wildlife and hunting. Understand the difference between animal rights, animal welfare, ethics and the morality of hunting as well as the different types of hunters. Understand why hunters do not need a reason to hunt – the essence of hunting is much deeper. You will uncover way to more effectively talk about hunting and conservation.
Triumph over the Penalties of an Ecological Education
“One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. Much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to laymen. An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the marks of death in a community that believes itself well and does not want to be told otherwise.” – Aldo Leopold
Can an ecological professional suffer from a kind of Environmental Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? Is the ecological professional loosing hope in his/her ability to change the way the environment is treated? Do professionals need a forum to openly and honestly talk about their personal struggles and about what they know and what they have seen?
“As an ecological professional and conservation hunter concerned about the future of wildlife I’m not embarrassed in sharing with you that I struggle with feelings of being lost and overwhelmed with how the environment is being impacted and what little positive change I feel that I’ve made over my life. There is, however, a magical place of inspiration and personal balance – so together let’s discover where yours can be found” – Mark Hall
Join Mark in an inspiring conversation that will lift ecological professionals up, give them hope and find individual ways to triumph over the penalties of an ecological education.
Problem Solving for Conservation
“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. — Albert Einstein
Have you ever heard this in wildlife conservation….Why can’t people just agree on what the problem is?
The problem is the way we manage wildlife? No…the problem is we shouldn’t manage wildlife at all. No the problem is the way human values and uses are placed on wildlife. Frustrating and counterproductive isn’t it? Are you willing to adopt a new way of thinking critically to break free from these cycles?
In school students are taught how to solve specific problems. Math problems, physics problems etc. However, the majority of students and even adults have never learned a systematic method for solving any kind of problem. Conservation and wildlife management are fraught with the same parallels. A structured problem solving method is like the scientific method. Structured problem solving is a systematic way to clearly define, analyze and draw conclusions from real world events by using factual evidence and causal relationships. Like science the conclusions to solving a problem become defensible.
“In addition to being artistic, one of the most valuable life skills I have acquired is structured problem solving. I’ve had the opportunity to teach structured problem solving to some unbelievably intelligent individuals in aerospace, engineering, health care and manufacturing industries. As the old Confucius saying goes – Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you’ve fed him for a lifetime” – Mark Hall.
Join Mark in an inspiration journey into the world of effective problem solving specifically aimed at ecological professionals, wildlife managers and conservationists. Leave inspired by your new skills and critical thinking skills.