Tasman Broekman Dattner
Yes, the project or initiative has been established for more than 2 years.
Team - who worked on the project/initaitve
Fabian Dattner, Julia May, Kit Jackson, Marshall Cowley, a faculty of 10 primary members and 76 women in STEMM on the Antarctic Voyage
Coach and Facilitator
Co-Founder (though I'd actually like to nominate Homeward Bound as a collective, because it's not about one person! It's a collaboration with little to no hierarchy)
Overview - Provide a summary to introduce the project or initiative
The vision of Homeward Bound is to equip a 1000-strong global collaboration of women with a science background to lead, influence and contribute to policy and decision making as it informs the future of our planet within 10 years.
Homeward Bound is a ground-breaking global leadership, strategic and science initiative and outreach for women in STEMM set against the backdrop of Antarctica. Science touches every part of our present, and future. The initiative, turned global movement, aims to increase the visibility and network of these women with a collaborative, inclusive, legacy mindset.
The project is prefaced on the fact our planet is currently beset by numerous intersecting challenges (climate change, biodiversity, food and water shortages, population growth, aging and urbanising population) that we will increasingly be forced to turn to science for the answers to.
Currently women are a small minority in the key decision making roles in government, academia and commercial sphere where the voice of science is most needed to inform and shape policy leading to action (despite the fact that men and women have been graduating in the sciences in equal numbers since the 1980's). Homeward Bound seeks to address this directly through equipping a cohort of 1,000 women with leading edge eductional experience in transformational leadership, strategy and visibility skills to make a difference at the highest levels.
Detail the approach that was taken to implement the project or initiative, what actions were taken and why?
It was recognised that to have global creditibility, the project would need support from a Faculty of recognised experts across the various content areas covered.
Contributors to date have included Jane Goodall, Sylvia Earle, Christiana Figueres, Robert Kaplan, Franny Armstrong, Amy Edmondson, Susan David, Clare Bowditch and Valerie Taylor.
It was also deemed crucual that the project gain enough exposure and visibility such that there was consistancy in both support and sponsorship and it's public profile and visibility. To date, 340 million people have heard about Homeward Bound, 78 million in January alone.
Finally, Homeward Bound was concieved as a global collaboration of women and to this end we have created 10 scholarship places in HB18 to allow suitably qualified women from some of the countries most impacted by global challenges such as climate change but least able to particpate financially, to particpate along with women from every continent and dozens of nationalities that have particpated to date.
Was there organisational/industry or other resistance to the initiative? If so, detail the actions taken to overcome resistance to the project or initiative.
The project was born from the frustrations of a group of women in polar science and grown to become a global movement. In doing this the single biggest barrier was a lack of financial resources to make this dream a reality. Addressing this has involved tireless efforts from the leadership team and particpants alike, sourcing donations (cash, services, in-kind) and sponsorship, engaging people, government agencies and corporations to do their bit to enable the women best placed to make a diffierence, to gain the skills to take teir place at the leadership table.
Detail the follow up or response to the project or initative by the organisation /industry /sector. For example has it been extended for a further year, or has the scope been expanded?
Homeward Bound 2016 was an enormous undertaking, trialing and testing arrangements, logistics and methodologies that would be the basis of a 10 year outreach. Based upon the success of this intiative, we recieved almost 300 applications for the next round (sails from Ushuaia in Argentina for the Antarctic Peninsula Feb 2018) and have obtained renewed and additional sponsorship from a variety of organisations, to enable this initiative to be sustained over its 10 year planned duration.
Please provide 2 references being the beneficiaries or people that experienced the change (as a result of the initiative). Details to be provided should include:
4. Phone number
6. Short description (up to 250 words) of association with the nominated diversity initiative eg as a beneficiary, experiencing the outcome, etc.
Both the following referees are [articpants from Homeward Bound 2016
Fern Hames | Science Manager Communication and Collaboration, Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research | Biodiversity Division
Energy, Environment and Climate Change | Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
M: 0428 106 143 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Professor of Biology
Fort Lewis College
1 (970) 247-7450 (U.S. Number)
What outcomes have been achieved against overall program or organisational performance? Using metrics specify these outcomes, for example financial, growth, policy achievement, performance or capabciltiy uplift?
Homeward Bound is moving from proof-of-concept i.e. the successful completion of its 1st Educational expedition to now being a sustainable 10 year outreach intiative.
Our first cohort of women have organised themeslves into an alumnae group "The Convergence" (the name of the physical beginning of the Antarctic region) who are setting up the mechanisms to track the achievements and projects initiated by the various Alumnae groups who complete Homeward Bound.
Anecdotal evidence has seen numerous scientist participate in global forums, conferecnes and appear in public media, far more frequently that had been the case in the preceding year.
Projects are currently running to measure the individual and collective impact of particpants, one auspiced and funded by the University of Tasmania, these will generate results in late 2017.
A feature documentary has been funded and is currently in post-production by Bunya Productions, documenting the voyage and post-program achievements of the women of HB16.