This post has been provided by new INNZ member Irene Wallis, of www.cubicearth.nz
This afternoon I sit in the shade of a tree in front of Zion Lodge. From there I could hear a US Park Ranger interpret the valley’s formation for a group of children. For me, it was a scene that epitomized traditional interpretation. The New Zealand interpretation community is deeply rooted in this tradition. But the recent INNZ workshop showed that there is also an appetite for innovating new ways of reaching people.
Two sessions brought together modern technology to traditional interpretation practices
The 2016 theme ‘how to’ hit the spot for participants
Guest speakers provided ample inspiration
INNZ members put their collective thinking caps on
1-We value networkingThe workshop was a great networking opportunity, but creating ways to connect between workshops would also be useful. Suggestions included providing a contacts list for those who attended the workshop and perhaps re-thinking the vendors section of the website. Effective networking though INNZ will improve access to resources and specialists, as well as strengthening the supportive nature of our interpretation community.
2-We want and seek partnership opportunitiesSeeking partnerships could create new opportunities for INNZ, and perhaps also result in innovation by bringing together different perspectives. Potential partners could include government bodies or other associations where interpretation, in one form or another, is part of their remit.
3-We need to market ourselves betterWe need to build greater awareness outside INNZ about what the network does and who belongs to it. Of the group I sat with for this session, more than half had first heard of the network through word of mouth. This highlights how we are all responsible, though our day to day conversations, for the strength of the INNZ network. But perhaps there’s more we can do.