As with any and all projects there comes a time when outside input is needed, besides the thoughts and musings of the project creators. Having come a long way with our proposed environmental engagement project partnered with Crossing Party Lines, it was time to gain some input and insight from our contact at the organization Lisa Swallow. We sent her an email, outlining our project idea of changing CPL’s existing moderator – training to prep individuals to host their Meetups – from the existing framework of talking and listening politics, to talking and listening environmental politics. We were also able to share all of our ENVS 295 digital scholarship posts to date, which provided a comprehensive overview of our steps leading up to our current standing point.
Lisa was very impressed by the thoroughness of our work so far, and although we all agreed that it would be a time-consuming effort – especially during COVID-19 – that it would be worthwhile to pursue such important valuable work. She has declared herself fully onboard for our proposal and has asked us to let her know when we are ready to take the next steps. Of course, these steps will be taken by future ENVS 295 students, but our excitement remains unchanged because it is amazing that she is on board with our idea!
Although communicating and gaining support from our partner organization is arguably the most important piece of input we can receive, other forms of feedback and input will also be helpful. Another important group of people to get input from is our peers in ENVS 295, as we are all going through similar project drafting processes meaning that we have a good idea of which questions are good to ask of other partnership teams. This next step will likely happen over the last couple of weeks of this Spring 2020 semester, and a large group of diverse input and feedback will no doubt strengthen our project idea for the next ENVS 295 students if they wish to continue it.