Informing and inspiring is a key part of how WILD works. From publications on wilderness law and policy to distinctive art and conservation photography exhibits, we work to re-awaken the human mind and heart to the importance and indispensable values of wild-nature.
Through communications and culture, WILD works to stimulate informed and inspired public action through the arts, outreach, education, and media of all types. We have our own online platforms that we use for promoting our international conservation work and programs, as well as other platforms that we partner and participate with. Some of the groups we collaborate with to increase our communications reach include Project Noah, National Geographic’s GeoStories, Fulcrum Publishing, collaboration with various agencies, organizations and writers to publish our International Journal of Wilderness, a variety of mission-driven photographers, filmmakers, journalists and writers- like the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) and International League of Conservation Writers (ILCW), and much more.
Our use of culture is both support of the arts for conservation, but culture also communicates! At WILD10 in Spain we worked with the talented urban art collective, Boa Mistura, to create a 27 meter-high mural showing the importance of protecting the world’s lands & seas; at WILD9 we collaborated with several local artists and nonprofits to coordinate the sculpting, painting and display of 15 jaguars throughout the city of Merida, Mexico; at WILD8 in Alaska we initiated a project to select and install a gift of public sculpture to downtown Anchorage.
WILD believes in the power of art to inspire, inform, and engage. Moreover, art can also communicate conservation messages and promote positive attitudes and actions for wild nature. A few examples of our WILD art in action for conservation:
Boa Mistural Mural at WILD10, 2013: urban art collective, Boa Mistura, collaborated with WILD10 planners in the months leading up to the Congress. The result was a stunning, 27 meter high mural painted on an entire wall of a privately-owned building in the middle of Salamanca
Nomkhubulwane: Between November 2009 and January 2011, a 9 foot-tall elephant sculpture migrated across North America as an ambassador of creative possibilities within the physical world. Made out of recycled tires, Nom-Koo inspired and mobilised community involvement in broader human and ecological issues.
International Journal of Wilderness: the tool of choice for wilderness managers and advocates, produced through a unique collaboration between The WILD Foundation and its many partners and sponsors. The IJW links wilderness professionals, scientists,educators, environmentalists and interested citizens worldwide with a forum for reporting and discussing wilderness related topics.
Professional Publications: WILD offers a large archive of professional publications available for purchase or free download (limited selection), including proceedings from the World Wilderness Congresses, books by Dr. Ian Player, management & policy publications, case studies and much more.
WILD Writing Award: A lifetime achievement award was created as a collaborative project at the 8th World Wilderness Congress in Anchorage, Alaska. This biannual award for lifetime achievement is in recognition of a living author’s published body of work relating to meaningful and significant writing about wild nature, the environment, or the land.
Culture & Communications
Stay in touch with WILD’s international conservation programs by following us on one (or all!) of our various online platforms. Talking WILD Blog, eLeaf Newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube and Vimeo.
Rap Guide to Wilderness: Leading up to WILD10, we began collaborating with Canadian hip-hop artist Baba Brinkman to create the “Rap Guide to Wilderness” album. We began working with Baba at WILD10 on a collection of rap songs that capture the spirit of our conservation efforts in a way that is infectious and heartfelt. Though rap & hip-hop music may not be for all of us, this project is aimed at reaching out to a totally new demographic of people outside of our wilderness community. As more and more people migrate from the countryside to the cities, we learned that we have to think of new and creative ways to connect people with wilderness.