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MEET OLIVE – OUR PROJECT ASSISTANT!
1. Tell us a bit about your role!
So, I’ve recently been welcomed back into the fold and my role is a little hard to describe right now! I’m a “Project Assistant” and am involved in many aspects of Wildscreen’s output and inner workings! From helping organise the office move and beautification to helping plan and book speakers for Webinars, assisting with networking events, and gathering festival feedback for sponsorship and board reports.
4. If you could change one thing about the natural history industry, what would it be?
That people are able to own and benefit from the stories closest to them – the conservationists, scientists, local workers etc. that are closest to the stories being told should be able to benefit from the impact of these stories. Steps are absolutely being taken in this direction but there’s still a way to go to.
5. What are your career goals?
To continue working in a space that inspires positive action and change. I don’t have a specific role or future goal in mind but I know that I want to continue working to connect people with nature and help them benefit from this connection.
6. Favourite moment working at Wildscreen?
Witnessing the final session in the Parsons Theatre at the 2022 Wildscreen Festival; a discussion with the makers of My Octopus Teacher. I had worked SO hard to manage all the sessions happening in that space and it felt like such an achievement to reach that finish line, seeing the final session so full of attendees, people were standing at the back or sitting on the floor. It felt so special to finish on that session and have the room filled to the brim with delegates excited to hear about the making of this beautiful story.
7. What’s your favourite story from nature?
I’m fascinated by human stories and their connections with the natural world. There’s a wonderful podcast called “This is Love” and the episode “Something Large and Wild” is quite something. I won’t ruin it for you but it features a young woman, swimming in the ocean, encountering a young whale calf that’s been separated from its mother… please listen to the episode to discover the whole story – it had me crying!