Life-long networking opportunities

Published: 13 August 2015
Last edited: 13 October 2017

Group learning, peer feedback and peer-to-peer exchanges are embedded in the design of the MAR-Leadership program. This is coupled with ongoing virtual networking opportunities to enable the fellows to develop a support group for their current projects and their ongoing passion for the conservation of the Mesoamerican Reef. MAR Leadership seeks a consolidated, active MAR Leadership network where fellows collaborate among themselves and with experts, communities, governments, and academic institutions, regardless of borders. Forging connections across disciplines, organizations and geographical boundaries has been central to the MAR-Leadership mission.


Education, training and other capacity development activities
Communication, outreach and awareness building
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution

Enabling factors

  • Keeping fellows engaged, maintaining dynamic active social networks and offering benefits to alumni such as fellowships for courses or trainings, or publishing their work and news.
  • Develop strategies that support “fellow to fellow” interactions. Since many fellows use Facebook, recruit fellows to help with MAR-Leadership’s Facebook page.
  • Fellows have different amounts of time and energy based on changing life circumstances; offer different tiers of engagement that can tap everyone.

Lessons learned

  • Behaviors and attitudes required for developing networks and organizational management need to be learned. It is important to coach staff and fellows in network principles and strong network behaviors.
  • Introducing social media tools help fellows mobilize support for their own work and build capacity with tools that can support their ongoing connectivity.

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