The Blue Pioneers Program aims to leverage the talents and resources in coastal California to develop leaders and innovators who start and grow organizations to overcome the ocean conservation challenges in Asia.
The Blue Pioneers Program (BPP) was initiated in early 2016 by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in recognition of the central role that the blue economy will play in Asia’s 21st century development and the tremendous need for leaders and entrepreneurs who can build organizations that innovate to solve the challenges to advance ocean conservation and sustainable use.
The two-week accelerator program leverages Monterey's strategic location to provide an immersive learning course that will expand the participants’ capacity to start and grow new nonprofits and social enterprises or to transform established organizations, with a bias toward actions to solve complex ocean conservation and sustainable use problems.
The program will expose participants to relevant organizations and actors in marine conservation and innovation in coastal California through site visits to various organizations and course sessions with experienced professionals.
BPP utilizes an innovative raw case study methodology that urges participants to design disruptive solutions to a specific complex problem. MIIS has partnered with local organization Think Beyond Plastic to develop the 2019 program, which will focus on the issue of ocean plastics pollution.
The 2019 group includes 20 participants from across Asia including mainland China, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Indonesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines, and South Korea.
Their current and past work positions include WWF, Fauna & Flora International, The Nature Conservancy, Coral Sea Foundation, Mana Impact Partners, Rare Inc, and Seafood Legacy Co, Ltd.
Dates: July 28-August 10, 2019
Location: Monterey, California and the San Francisco Bay Area
Contact: BPP Program Manager, Katie Aker, at email@example.com or Carolyn Meyer at 831-647-6417
Blue Pioneers Program 2019 Tentative Schedule
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