9 July 2021: Notes from 11 June discussion and next steps

Joelle Wickens

Dear Colleagues,

To those of you who were able to join us on June 11, thank you so much for continuing to explore the ideas we originally presented in Who is a Conservator? What is Conservation? Evolving our identities and practice to thrive in an inclusive world. For those of you who were not able to join us, we have a summary of our discussion we are happy to share. Use the contact tab on this website to request the notes. Thank you so much to Meagan Creamer and Allison Kelley for taking some pretty comprehensive notes.

What next?

  1. Please share our website Who is a conservator? with 2 or 3 people outside the ‘usual’ conservation network. People we argue are doing conservation but probably don’t consider themselves conservators. Technicians, HVAC engineers, oral historians, archivists, cemetery groundskeepers… We want to reach the people we need to join us if we adopt a broader definition of who is doing conservation. Please help us reach those people.
  2. Register for our next discussion. 78% of you definitely wanted to continue the discussion. So, we have planned another one for August 11.  We have updated the registration link at the bottom of the Who is a conservator? page. Please register there if you want to join us.

We are exploring other partnerships to generate content for the platform. If you have ideas about how this website can grow to create more dialogue, please reach out- we’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for being part of our thought provoking, growth oriented community,

Joelle and Natalya

4 June 2021: Update about 11 June discussion

Dear colleagues,

Thank you so much for registering to participate in the follow-up discussion to our talk Who is a Conservator? What is Conservation? Evolving our identities and practice to thrive in an inclusive world. We look forward to chatting with you on Friday the 11th of June at 1:00 PM eastern time. If you did not receive the Zoom invitation already, please register using the contact form at the bottom of this page. Once registered, we will send individuals the link, and put their email address on a list of invited participants. For those unable to join the live discussion on the 11th, please let us know using the contact form located here and we will add you to the email distribution list for notes following the meeting.

Please carve out 15 or 20 minutes to re-read our presentation Who is a conservator? prior to joining us on the 11th. We imagine having the text fresh in your mind will help get conversation going right away.

Do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions or concerns! We look forward to connecting with you soon.

With respect and gratitude,

Natalya and Joelle