Failure is difficult to discuss and rarely reported in the conservation peer-reviewed literature, but in reality many conservation initiatives are partial or complete failures. Reasons for this are probably varied, but we know little because failure is seldom planned for, discussed, documented, or shared in any systematic way. Overcoming the stigma inherent in failure is a challenge, but one that disciplines such as aviation and medicine have grappled with for many decades in order to develop systems to effectively learn from mistakes and errors. While conservation activities take place in unique and complex contexts, we can examine and adapt for our own use these established learning processes to increase our individual, team, and organizational ability to learn from failure. This session will introduce and expand upon some of these ideas and facilitate an open discussion about the challenges and opportunities that failure presents.
Learning From Failure in Conservation
Imperial College London