blue justice
communications
consulting
blue economy
 
I work with mission-driven innovators, NGO's, and companies to build new bridges with communities that have not yet been invited into the blue innovation sector, — I have a passion for supporting a digital technologies that have an 'Ecosystem approach to Fisheries.'  My work aims to provide practical solutions to the question, ' How do we create a more just blue economy?'

A Framework for the Equitable Caribbean Blue Economy

Adding value from the grassroots

The ocean is for everyone. Yet traditionally, blue innovation is done by those with formal degrees and access to resources.  To fully explore the potential of the  Blue economy and build more equitable businesses, we need to work outside of traditional academic structures and engage a more diverse group of individuals.

My transitional 20 years career from a conveyancer, to eco-fashion freelancer for Bottletop, owner of sustainable seafood restaurant, and kids ocean club -Fish 'N Fins Inc.,  blue economy consultant, ocean advocate -with a national mark of excellence,  finalist in global ocean award, and sustainability ambassador for OECS, Island Innovation, and the Island of Montserrat means….. I have much value to add.

I support projects that promote safe and healthy places to live, work, and play for all people. I convene stakeholders to build healthier, more equitable, and more resilient communities and promote information sharing and collaborative problem solving among all entities that play a role in addressing the region's ocean equity challenges.

speaking & workshops

I do event talks and public speaking on topics that include diversity and equity, ocean justice, small-scale fisheries, self-care and resilience, and our blue economy. My work as an events speaker has taken me to academic institutions, global youth advocacy networks, local community groups, and more. It's also one of the ways I afford to be a single mom working in this field.

  • World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS)-United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) ( World Ocean Day 2020

  • POP Ocean Summit ( World Ocean Dat 2020)

  • Curating and Hosting AQUA Caribbean Blue Economy Conference (Nov 2020)

  • Middlebury Institute of International Studies - Equitable Blue Economy (Nov 2020)

  • MIT Open Ocean Lecture Series - Equitable Blue Economy (Nov 2020)

  • Ocean Heroes Caribbean Bootcamp - Ocean Connection ( Dec 2020)

  • Scripps School of Oceanography - Sustainable Seafood Salty Cinema (Jan 2021)

  • Sir Arthur Lewis College, St. Lucia - Blue Economy ( Jan 2021)

  • Caribbean Girls Hackathon 2021- Climate Action & Ocean Solutions ( Feb 2021)

Check out my blog for video  past speaking engagements

   STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT & STRATEGIc COMMUNICATION

To create lasting social impact, cooperation, and inclusive decision-making leaders in government, academic institutions, nonprofits, and businesses provide forums for decision-makers and stakeholders to provide input and seek influence.

 

I use subject matter expertise, lived experiences, and facilitation skills to help build trust and lasting partnerships

 

 

  • Develop strategies to build buy-in and foster productive relationships

  • Facilitate and co-design meetings

  • Elicit and clarify stakeholder priorities

  • Reach out to unengaged stakeholder groups

  • Support partner identification and recruitment

  • Develop public-private partnerships and programs

  • Co-design branding and strategic communications materials

  • Develop communications plans that are tailored to meet goals and internal capacities

  • Draft and create outreach materials and marketing collateral that reflect branding voice and visual style

  • Provide logistical outreach support and website and social media management

  • Synthesize and translate complex information to meet plain English requirements

  • Bridge gaps between scientists and grassroots community to improve science-based decision-making

  • Draft and execute integrated print and digital marketing campaigns, outreach materials, and social media strategies

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Topics  I cover include

diversity & equity, small scale fisheries, equitable blue economy, self-care & resilence

Look out for my upcoming workshop, ' Leveraging priviledge & institutional power in the Caribbean.'

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"I highly recommend partnering, collaborating, and funding Fish 'N Fins as time, effort, and money well spent. And I commend Ms. Veta Wade for her continued ocean conservation leadership." Dr. Ayana E. Johnson

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