The theme for The 2016 SHIFT Festival is, “Outdoor Rec & Our Public Lands“. The Festival’s programming will explore the answers to the following question:
How can outdoor recreation help keep our public lands public, healthy, and accessible to all Americans?
To answer this question, the 2016 SHIFT Festival will feature three major topics, each with a core set of discussion questions:
|12:00 pm||Registration Snow King Resort|
|2:00 pm||Welcoming remarksChristian Beckwith, Director, SHIFTSnow King Grand Room
Introduction of the 2016 SHIFT Festival theme, Outdoor Rec & Our Public Lands; the three sub-themes for the event (The Public Lands Transfer Movement; Funding for Public Lands; Next-Generation Engagement and Cultural Relevancy); Summit objectives; and agenda review.
|2:15 pm||Opening Keynote: Outdoor Rec, Conservation and the Digital Journalism LandscapeSpeaker TBASnow King Grand Room
The media frames the conversation about outdoor recreation and conservation in the public mind, but the landscape in which the media works (as well as the journalists who work there) has changed dramatically over the past generation. How do we work within today’s digital media landscape to advance the outdoor recreation/conservation agenda?
|3:30 pm||BreakSnow King Grand Room
Icebreaker | Sharing successes, inspiration, and innovation
Snow King Grand Room
Using a world café format, participants will rotate among small groups to discuss specific topics, building on previous conversations. Participants will be asked to respond to specific questions that encourage them to share successes stories and innovative approaches to encouraging partnership between outdoor recreation and conservation in their community.
|5:30 pm||Happy HourLocation, Topic TBAEach happy hour will feature a specific topic and discussion prompts (along with beverages and appetizers for purchase). Authorities on the subject representing perspectives along a spectrum will discuss the topic, with neutral facilitation.|
|7:00 pm||Terry Tempest Williams: Our Public LandsCenter for the Arts Theater|
Friday, October 14, 2016
|7:00 am||Breakfast Keynote: The Public Lands Transfer Movement and Funding for Public LandsSpeaker TBASnow King Grand Room
With several bills proposed in western states that attempt to transfer public land management from federal agencies to state control, the proposed public land transfer is a significant and urgent threat facing the future of our public lands. Funding for public lands is directly related, since agencies have had their budgets cut, which limits their capacity to effectively manage public lands. Speaker TBD will discuss the players, politics and mechanisms behind the public land transfer movement, and the opportunities for unification it offers to conservation and outdoor recreation interests across the country.
|8:30 am||Welcome and Day One agenda reviewSnow King Grand Room|
|9:00 am||Marketplace | 2016 SHIFT Award Official SelectionsSnow King Grand RoomShowcasing the most innovative, impactful and replicable work currently underway in America that leverages outdoor rec for conservation gains, this session provides dynamic interaction between participants and representatives of SHIFT Award Official Selections. Convene in small groups to hear from the representatives, each of whom will talk (five minutes) about how their work is addressing its respective issue. This will be followed by brief, one-minute presentation of a specific challenge they face in their work. Other participants in the small-group discussions will address the challenge through the prism of their own experience, which in turn will facilitate more dynamic interaction, greater networking and actionable solutions for the small-group leaders. Participants are able to self-select to join the initiative of their choice for twenty minutes before cycling through to another initiative. Youth delegates take notes and help keep overall discussions running on time.
|10:15 am||BreakCoffee and tea served in Snow King Lobby|
|ShakeBreakout roomsParticipants will self select to one of SHIFT 2016’s three tracks to dive deeper into the topic. Following each track discussion, participants will convene in small groups to interact directly with a panelist. Youth delegates take notes, help keep overall discussion running on time.
Track 1: Public Lands | The Value of Public Lands
The economic impact of national parks and public lands.
Track 2: Next Gen | Fishbowl
Fishbowl: Participants from Emerging Leaders Program discuss the proceedings from ELP and the outdoor rec/conservation landscape from their perspective
Track 3: Funding | State of the State Offices of Outdoor Rec
Facilitating the proliferation of the offices, representatives from UT, CO, WA and MT share lessons and highlight challenges.
|12:00 pm||LunchHike up Snow King|
|2:00 pm||StirBreakout roomsParticipants will self select to one of SHIFT 2016’s three tracks to dive deeper into the topic. Following each track discussion, participants will convene in small groups to interact directly with a panelist. Youth delegates take notes, help keep overall discussion running on time.
Track 1: Funding | The Significance of the Recreation Economy
Panelists discuss the following reports and analyses and discuss within the context of the outdoor recreation economy.
· Outdoor Industry Association’s Outdoor Recreation Economy Report
· Work currently underway by the Federal Recreation Council to coordinate and promote outdoor recreation—specifically, the economic analysis by the Bureau of Economic Analysis that will capture the contribution outdoor recreation has on jobs and the economy
· Headwaters Economics’ report on the economics of outdoor recreation
· BBC Research and Consulting’s analysis of outdoor recreation’s economic impacts
Track 2: Public Lands | The Public Lands Heist: Never Let a Good Crisis Go To Waste
Hunters, anglers, conservation orgs, and the outdoor rec community discuss the public lands heist and the opportunities for collaboration it presents. Possible panelists:
· Steven Rinella, Meateater
· Land Tawney, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers
· Whit Fosburgh, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
· Adam Cramer, Outdoor Alliance
· Marcia Kunstel, The Wilderness Society
Track 3: Next Gen | Building a Better Pipeline
Panelists discuss how to move the next generation of stewards past volunteer/youth corps positions to longer-term career pathways. Possible panelists:
· Deanne Buck, OIWC
· Rob Terry, SCA
· Meryl Harrel, 21csc
· Chris Rutgers
|Alignment for ActionSnow King Grand RoomEmerging Leaders lead a networking session that explores proceedings of the small-group discussions.
SHIFT Drinks Happy Hour
Each happy hour will feature a specific topic and discussion prompts (along with beverages and appetizers for purchase). Authorities on the subject representing perspectives along a spectrum will discuss the topic, with neutral facilitation.
|7:00 pm||Adventure, Inspired | Stacy BareCenter for the Arts TheaterStacy Bare, 2015 SHIFT Adventure Athlete award-winner, introduces the concept behind The Venture Collective, an effort to model responsible recreation as a behavioral norm, and introduces a program of films that inspire athlets to protect the places in which they play.|
Saturday, October 15, 2016
|7:00 am||Breakfast Keynote: Next Generation, Cultural Relevancy and the Stewarding Customers of TomorrowSnow King Grand RoomSpeaker TBA discusses the ways effective next-generation engagement can create a more robust customer base for outdoor recreation while simultaneously reinvigorating the cultivatation of the stewards of tomorrow.|
|8:30 am||Welcome and Day Two agenda reviewSnow King Grand Room|
|ShareBreakout roomsParticipants will self select to one of SHIFT 2016’s three tracks to dive deeper into the topic. Following each track discussion, participants will convene in small groups to interact directly with a panelist. Youth delegates take notes, help keep overall discussion running on time.
Track 1: Public Lands | Counter Opps
Speakers share success stories of innovative, inclusive, collaborative, and effective responses to the public land transfer movement.
Track 2: Funding | Funding 2.0
Panelists discuss innovative new ideas for funding our public lands. Topics under discussion:
· Examples from hunting and fishing
· Pay to play (e.g., have a representative from Trout Unlimited or Ducks Unlimited talk about conservation stamps)
· Local sources, such as state referendums (e.g. Washington State’s No Child Left Inside; GoCo model in Colorado that uses lottery funds)
· Voluntary donation (similar to Bass Pro Shops, which ask customers to contribute to a non-profit group)
Track 3: Next Gen | A Diversity of Experiences for a Diversity of People
There is no universal language around conservation and recreation. This discussion identifies value in what nontraditional resources (e.g., a focus on family as a gateway to outdoor rec) bring to the conversation—and insodoing, creating buy-in and inclusion from groups not typically part of the conversation.
Alignment for Action | SHIFTx
Snow King Grand Room
Inspired by the TED/TEDx model, a flexible platform will be developed to export the SHIFT coalition and its work to communities around the country, where it is more relevant and accessible. Supported by their sponsoring youth-engagement organizations as well as leaders in their communities, emerging leaders will serve as the catalyst for these satellite SHIFTs, known as “SHIFTx” and empowered to customize as necessary for meaningful, valuable impact.
|12:00 pm||Lunch KeynoteSnow King Grand Room|
|1:30 pm||Executive RetreatSnow King Grand Room An executive retreat at the conclusion of SHIFT will bring together together agencies (including federal and state government), major environmental organizations, nonprofits, outdoor recreation, and other thought leaders, innovators, and risk takers in the stakeholder coalition to focus on institutional shifts necessary at the intersection of outdoor experience, conservation, and cultural relevancy.|
|5:00 pm||The People’s Banquet | Featuring Stephen RinellaCenter for the Arts Lobby and TheaterThe People’s Banquet reprises the foodie event of the year in Jackson Hole’s premier performing arts center for a celebration of the local food system. The evening will begin with cocktails and hor d’ouevres, followed by presentation of the 2016 SHIFT Awards. At 6:30 p.m., renowned hunter/gatherer Stephen Rinella presents, followed by a Q&A with Whit Fosburgh. The banquet begins at 8:00.|