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ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP: THE TASKS AND CHALLENGES

In working to organize, advocate and create opportunities for women to succeed in natural resource management, I have been intermittently confronted by issues that challenge the very soul of what I believed I wanted to do. The initial stage of working out a blueprint was exciting and ingenious! An inner fulfillment and optimism lurked within me.

However, as events unfolded, the mission I had begun became confronted by the question and issue of competence, high expectations, leadership, innovation, trust, gender prejudice, social differences (diversity), lack of financial and human resources, and illiteracy that characterized my work environment. I felt very vulnerable and experienced the fear of failure. Feats of hesitation and questions of: why, what, when, how, where, whom, who, became my regular companion. These challenges seemed to create a form of resistance to the transformation I was bringing into the world in my own unique way.

Many times I considered the unchallenging choice of quitting, even though I was sure that I had a vision and a passionate idea of building a strong and vibrant organization; that will help and support others to protect our lovely planet. Just at the edge of giving up, I found strength in sharing, listening to and learning from a woman who was creating positive change in my community via rehabilitating and supporting women who are victims of prostitution, abuse and neglect. She helped shift my belief system into something more empowering.

My ingenuity came alive once again, and one by one, I began to overcome the barriers that limited me and my work. I continued my work conscientiously and adopted a leadership style characterized by learning from others and sharing and giving away control; and began placing communal achievement above achieving alone. As I became open to sharing responsibilities, ideas, decision making and resources, my networking horizon stretched and I began experiencing true change.

By developing an ability to empower myself and offering people a sense of connection to my work welcoming their intellectual and pecuniary support, I have been able to establish a safe ground upon which I inspire members of my community to change and bring my vision into manifestation. In recent times, I have begun paying closer attention to engaging online communities in my work. My recent stint has awakened me to an entirely new and stimulating experience of speaking, listening sharing and learning, which makes me wish I had been a more proactive member, since joining World Pulse online community.

I had never imagined or visualized the power of online communities in the manner it has unfolded to me through my participation in the 2011 Voices of Our Future tasks. The prospects of creating a value based and shared community through PulseWire appears promising. I now view PulseWire and other online communities differently and intend to maximize the emerging, specific and demystifying interpretations, resources and values they can bring to my work.

Comments

Jency's picture

Inspiring

I am so glad you found someone to guide you when you were about to give up. Now you have brought about a transformation in yourself and in your community. Kudos and thanks for being so honest. Being open and able to adapt will help us all in our way forward. I am slowly gaining strength in what I want to do by reading posts such as yours.

Jency

Greengirl's picture

Thank you!

Hello Jency,

I appreciate your feedback. I also find strength and draw inspiration from feed-backs such as yours. I wish you the very best in all you set out to do.

Sincerely,

Olanike.

bouchmd's picture

Strong and Postive

Hi Olanike!

This is a great article you've written. You are very bright and your message inspiring and positive. You are a positive and strong role model for all of us!!!

Michael

Greengirl's picture

I am elated!

Thank you so much Michael for your motivating comments. I am excited! It would sure inspire me to get even better!

Truly,

Olanike

Greengirl's picture

Wow Michael!

I am short of words. Your words sure inspires me to keep up and never relent. Thank you for such a motivating feedback!

Sincerely,

Olanike

NEWCourse_Colleen's picture

along the road

Your story is one of a true leader!
It is clear that the level of struggles and conflicts, setbacks, etc you face/ have faced are going to serve you and your larger community well- because look at the type of leader you've become!!
Lucky for all of us!
I am very interested in the work that you are doing. And so thankful that you are continuing on your path.
Thank you for writing this piece,
Colleen

Colleen Robertson
Project Manager
New Course
www.anewcourse.org
Twitter: @NEW_Course
crobertson@anewcourse.org

NEW Course is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit created to empower rural women in vulnerable ecosystems to sustainably manage their resourc

Greengirl's picture

Hello Coleen

Your comment is quite strengthening. I have no doubt that I have a lot to learn from you too. May be we could work out something together, especially as we share common interests.
My best!

Olanike

Lisa T's picture

Hello

Olanike,

Thank you for sharing your story, it was a pleasure to read. I hope that PulseWire will continue to serve as a format for you to share your work with others. I look forward to reading more about the natural resource management work you are doing with women in your country.

Best wishes,
Lisa

Greengirl's picture

Thank you Lisa

Lisa,
Thank you for making out time to read my story. I am also glad about the feedback. You made me really glad that I shared my story. I am always open to sharing and would make out more time to share more of my stories. It is great to know that you would be there to read and possibly provide the much needed feedback.

Warmly,

Olanike

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