Strategy development for human-animal coexistence

Developing a collaborative strategy process to strengthen conservation and human-animal coexistence models
Save the Elephants
Kenya
2021

Human-caused disruption to our natural systems is accelerating the climate crisis, weakening our ability to avert disease and speeding up the rate of biodiversity loss. With this rapid pace of change, conservation and human health have become intrinsically interwoven.

Recognising the importance of planetary health, Scope is supporting Save the Elephants in a collaborative strategy process to shape long-term human-animal coexistence models that benefit both people and wildlife. As part of the process, we are also looking at new ways to mitigate climate-related threats to habitats and biodiversity.

The project brings together Save the Elephants’ and Scope’s interdisciplinary teams and organisational partners from the conservation, research, and funding community. The project engages participants in a series of investigation and learning cycles that form the design process of the organisation’s 2022–2024 strategy.

 

Project approach

The project will engage participants in a rapid, tailored sprint process. Sprints are facilitated, outcome-oriented learning cycles that focus on solving particular, organisational challenges at hand. Save the Elephants’ strategy-building process consists of three complementary sprints:

  1. Participatory Discovery Sprint to map the existing ecosystem of activity and identify challenges, opportunities, and drivers for change that will influence future direction, generating insights that serve as the building blocks for strategy creation.
  2. Collective Futures Sprint to bring together an interdisciplinary, inclusive pool of participants to build alternative future scenarios, draft an ideal future vision, and chart a near future view that further informs strategy-building.
  3. Collaborative Strategy Sprint to refine the vision, mission, and organisational value proposition for 2022–2024 as well as to develop the organisation’s strategic objectives, milestones, and indicators for success to finalise the strategy at the leadership level.

 

Expected outcomes

After completing the sprint process, Scope supports Save the Elephants in finalising the strategy documents, designs a visualised future vision statement, and creates an inspiring, three-year roadmap for change. Together these documents form the 2022–2024 strategy, enabling Save the Elephants to achieve collective impact across all its future activities.

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