In spring 2015, Jamie Stamberger worked with Cultural Vistas, an international environmental education non profit based in Washington D.C., to develop content for a 4-day international conference in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Conference attendees were 75 young environmental leaders (ages 18-24) from 10 ASEAN member nations. The conference was sponsored by a grant from the US State Department.
The purpose of the conference was to learn best practices in environmental community engagement from practicing environmental professionals from ASEAN nations and the US, then practice their skills by developing community engagement project ideas in multi-national teams with mentorship by presenting professionals.
On the final day of the conference, project ideas were pitched and streamed live to US State Department officials, and several teams were selected to receive project seed money and received internships at environmental agencies in the US. Conference attendees also included government officials from ASEAN member nations and US embassies.
Conference presenters were 24 young environmental professionals (ages 25-35) paired in 12 teams each with one presenter from Southeast Asia and one presenter from the US. Presenter teams had never met or collaborated before, and a large part of Jamie’s task was to help teams develop and prepare their presentation through virtual and phone collaboration.
Stamberger Outreach tasks also included:
- Agenda development and help with presenter selection
- Presenter team support
- Onsite conference coordination and support