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The 2020 SHIFT Summit


The 2020 SHIFT Summit will be broadcast virtually from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, from October 14-16.

Entitled “Healthy by Nature,” The 2020 Summit will focus on the mental health benefits of time outside, with a specific focus on equitable access to those benefits.

The Summit will be divided into three tracks.

Next Generation: Track 1 will focus on the mental health benefits of nature contact for children, teens and young adults.

Psychological Resiliency: Track 2 will focus on nature contact as a mechanism for enhancing psychological resiliency and ameliorating the effects of trauma, particularly as it relates to COVID-19.

Resource Management: Track 3 will focus on resource management: how our public and private lands and waters can serve as mental health care delivery systems, including ways they can accommodate and harness the surge in use precipitated by COVID-19.

The three days of the Summit will be developed as follows.

Research: Day 1 will focus on the evidence for the mental health benefits of nature contact.

Practice: Day 2 will highlight the ways that organizations and initiatives around the country are translating the evidence into practice.

Policy: Day 3 will focus on shifting from practice to policy at the community, municipal, state and national levels.

The Summit will be developed around two elements integral to our programming:

Winners of The 2020 SHIFT Awards, which feature work determined to be the most innovative, impactful and replicable in the space by our researchers.

Fellows of The 2020 Emerging Leaders Program, which prepares exemplary early career leaders to help facilitate the summit proceedings.

The Summit will use a combination of keynote presentations, think tanks, workshops, panel discussions and world café-style breakout groups to achieve these objectives. It will be conducted via Zoom using both live and pre-recorded material.

The overall objective of the Summit will be to harness the unprecedented opportunity created by COVID-19 and the new social justice movement to center nature, and equitable access to nature, as a public health delivery system, thereby strengthening the argument for nature itself.

SHIFT’s Health and Nature Webinar Series


SHIFT’s Health and Nature Webinar Series brings together innovators, opinion-leaders and researchers at the forefront of the health-and-nature movement to help advance our understanding of the public health benefits of time spent outside. The series aims to stimulate cross-sectoral learning, contribute to the transdisciplinary advancement of the field, and promote broader mainstream adoption of the health benefits of contact with the natural world.

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Meaningful change doesn’t happen in a silo. Or in an echo chamber. It happens when diverse stakeholders come together with a common interest to protect our natural world.

Now in its 7th year, SHIFT is sparking a forward-looking national movement unlike any other. SHIFT convenes visionaries, innovators and influencers from complementary sectors and unites them around the desire to realize change. To hatch new ideas. To re-imagine systems. To leverage the public health benefits of nature as an argument for its protection.

SHIFT is where natural allies gather to create strategies for a better future.

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SHIFT Rx is the point of the spear on a trans-disciplinary conversation. The goal is to make ‘nature as medicine’ common knowledge for those who need it most. That’s a world-changing recipe.

— Wallace J Nichols, PhD, author, Blue Mind

Why SHIFT?


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Converge

SHIFT is a national convening of cross-disciplinary influencers eager to network, learn and interact with others. We like to think of it this way: we coalesce natural allies—who may not yet know they're natural allies—in ways that foster collaboration, innovation and bold new ideas.


“SHIFT attracts the top thought leaders in the space in a way that I have not seen another conference even attempt.”

Showcase

ShowcaseWe spend hundreds of hours each year researching the organizations and individuals who are finding innovative, bold new ways to protect our public lands and improve public health—and then celebrate them with The SHIFT Awards by building our programming around their work.

 

View The 2018 SHIFT Award Official Selections

Ignite

IgniteIt's one thing to come together. It's quite another to join a band of people brimming with ideas, in a forum designed for collaboration and blue-sky thinking. (Literally—outdoors under real blue skies!) (Unless it snows.) At SHIFT, you may find yourself collaborating and sharing challenges and opportunities with people you’d never have met, from completely different fields and walks of life—and find that their experiences cross-pollinate your thinking in ways you never would have imagined possible.


Read The Highlights and Recommendations from The 2018 State Offices Of Outdoor Recreation Workshop

Plan

PlanWe've all been to the conferences that load you with data and information you’re not quite sure what to do with. Not here. SHIFT goes both wide and deep, zeroing in on critical, industry-specific issues and focused topics that give you replicable strategies you can put into action. Best thing? By the time it’s over, you’ll likely have some new friends to help you along the way.


Learn how the 2018 Public Land Managers’ Meeting helped land managers incorporate public health objectives into their planning.

Grow

GrowThe stakes are high. Improving public health while protecting our planet is a win-win that cuts across partisan divides. Leave your despair, discord and differences at the door, and join us at SHIFT as we hit the ground running to forge new alliances, strategies and ideas for a better future.

 

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SHIFT ... provides a unique and truly inspiring opportunity to bring different perspectives and disciplines together in one place. No one else is doing this in the nature/health arena—and it is critically needed.

— Florence Williams, author, The Nature Fix

Who SHIFTs?


SHIFT attracts a diverse cross-section of stakeholders from the outdoor recreation, conservation, land management and public health communities, all of whom are united by a fierce passion to protect the natural world in a time of unprecedented threat.

The Outdoor Industry

The American outdoor economy represents a $887B/year industry. At SHIFT, industry leaders gather to discuss ways to reinvigorate the protection of our natural resources while engaging the advocates of tomorrow.

The Outdoor Industry

Health Care

Thought-leaders, early adopters, champions and influencers from the health care community have been advocating for the prescription of time outside for more than a decade. At SHIFT, they gather to discuss ways to make “Nature as Medicine” the next big medical revelation.

Health Care

Policy Makers

City, county, state and federal policy makers convene at SHIFT to address ways to leverage natural resources for public health and wellbeing.

Policy Makers

Public Land Managers

Federal and municipal land managers gather to discuss opportunities to introduce a generational, socioeconomic and cultural diversity of people to the idea of the outdoors as a place for improving one’s health.

Public Land Managers

Conservation Advocates

Grassroots organizations convene at SHIFT to create networks, share best practices and connect the theoretical with practical, on-the-ground solutions that advance and promote the health benefits of time outside.

Non-Profit Leaders

Conservation Advocates

Traditional conservation organizations built the historical foundation of the environmental movement. By connecting their institutional knowledge and resources with the energy and perspectives of tomorrow’s leaders, we enhance the effectiveness of both.

Conservation Advocates

Outdoor Recreationists

Professionals working on the health benefits of nature contact gather in an open forum to share their respective work, explore progress to date and identify knowledge gaps and how and with whom to fill them.

Researchers

Outdoor Recreationists

Avid users of our public lands and waters offer unrealized potential for the future of conservation. At SHIFT, they explore how to balance a love for outdoor recreation with the greater need to preserve the place in which it occurs.

Outdoor Recreationists

“I can safely say my life was changed by this gathering of brilliant minds and passionate hearts.”


—Alyssa Ravasio, Founder, Hipcamp

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What SHIFTs?


Since its inception in 2013, SHIFT has evolved into a convening space for natural allies to address issues of common concern related to conservation. Topics we’ve explored include the outdoor recreation / conservation partnership (2015); the relationship between outdoor recreation and public lands (2016); the business case for public lands (2017); the connection between public lands and public health (2018); and the business case for nature as medicine (2019).

Significant outcomes include the following (click here to see what else we've SHIFTed):

Outside Magazine

In 2018, SHIFT focused on the public lands/public health connection. The results, as documented in the May 2019 cover story in Outside, represent one of the most important opportunities of our lifetimes. By highlighting the health benefits of nature, we can raise its value proposition in a time of unprecedented threat.

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State Offices of Outdoor Recreation

For the past four years, SHIFT’s State Offices of Outdoor Recreation Workshops have provided outdoor recreation leaders a roadmap with which to advance and promote priorities related to outdoor recreation, conservation and public health

State Offices of Outdoor Recreation

The SHIFT Awards

Since 2014, The SHIFT Awards have recognized the most innovative, impactful and replicable initiatives at the intersection of outdoor recreation, conservation, land management and public health

The SHIFT Awards

The SHIFT Principles

Catalyzed by the 2014 SHIFT Roundtable on Land Conservation, Wilderness Advocacy & Human-Powered Outdoor Recreation, The Principles for the Advancement of Outdoor Recreation and Conservation (aka “The SHIFT Principles”) were developed to help guide recreation and conservation decisions in North America

The SHIFT Principles

The Emerging Leaders Program

Founded in 2016, The Emerging Leaders Program prepares exemplary early career leaders to help facilitate the outdoor recreation/conservation partnership at SHIFT and in America

The Emerging Leaders Program

The SHIFT Rx Challenge

The SHIFT Rx Challenge provides daily, weekly, monthly and annual “doses” of nature as it encourages adults aged 18–64 to take The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Recommendations for Physical Activity outside

The SHIFT Rx Challenge

Outdoor Business Alliances

In 2017, our Outdoor Business Alliances workshop developed a template for the creation of outdoor business alliances that states around the country can use to provide industry support for public lands

Outdoor Business Alliances

SHIFTx Fellowship Fund

Made possible by a grant from Patagonia, the annual $10,000 SHIFTx Fellowship Fund grant helps ELP alumni address outdoor recreation/conservation issues in their communities

SHIFTx Fellowship Fund

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