Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT DO YOU DESIGN?
The outcome of a project can be a service, program, campaign, educational initiative or, although not often, a physical product. The outcome is determined by the boundaries set by the initial project scope and, most importantly, by what surfaces during the process as the most successful approach to solving that particular challenge.
do YOU ONLY DO HUMAN-WILDLIFE CONFLICT?
Human-wildlife conflict is the largest focus of my work, but I am open to taking on other wildlife related challenges such as consumer demand of animal parts, donor fatigue, the reduction of poaching, creative fundraising, etc. Please feel free to contact me to discuss the challenges that you are facing and how/if human centered design can be the right approach to address them.
how do you know what you are going to design?
The design process does not begin with a solution. It begins with a problem, or what we call a challenge.
This is why, whether working solo or as a group with Design for Wildlife, we take on challenges (such as reducing retaliatory killings for a particular region or for a particular animal) and then do the necessary research, testing and development of an impactful solution.
Throughout the process, the Design for Wildlife team and the partner organization are working side by side with as little or as much input as necessary in order to make decisions together about the next steps after each phase.
This fast-paced process results in a new initiative (ie. service, program, physical product or campaign) that is ready to implement as a small scale pilot, or equivalent.
DO YOU support fundraising/ fiNancing FOR PROJECTS?
Yes, when necessary. I support grant writing and any necessary meetings to discuss the process and potential outcomes of the endeavor with potential donors. I can provide the language, structure and help framing the challenge to present to donors and grants.
However, please note that I do not provide the funding for the project myself, but I will support organizations in order to secure funding for the work in any way that I can.
Do you develop new technologies, such as gps trackers or apps?
Not usually. These types of designs would be created only if they are the conclusion of a research project and we decide (as a group, including the partner organization) that this is the best way forward.
However, the focus of this design is not to program, code or make new equipment from the get-go.
ARE YOU HIRING?
We are not hiring at the moment, but the Design for Wildlife Collective can always benefit from a large network of creative minds that are interested in human/wildlife challenges. You can reach out via the contact form on this website for more information on how to apply to join the collective.
Do you work alone?
Often times, yes, if your organization has a team currently working on an issue and would like some support on small scale prototyping, methods for further understanding the users of a new program, pricing strategies, etc.
For larger projects I leverage the Design for Wildlife Collective to create a team perfectly suited to address the challenge at hand.