The what, why, how, and where of Seventh Generation Institute
Seventh Generation Institute is a nonprofit organization under IRS code 501(c)3 established in 2006.
Seventh Generation Institute's mission is to build a vibrant future for people and nature through conserving, restoring and promoting responsible use of resources.
Healthy inspiring nature thrives around the globe for future generations of people and all living things.
The Institute's approach to achieving our mission is based in three concepts: entrepreneurial-applied science, collaboration and impact.
does it work?
This is the essence of new school conservation - if a technique or tool works, great. We'll use it, happily. If the methods we try don't work, what are we missing? What can we do differently? What can we learn from other fields of business, art, communication that might help? It is entrepreneurial - applied science, also known as adaptive management, (or a more formal version of thinking outside the box) that enables Seventh Generation Institute to evaluate the effectiveness of our conservation efforts and continuously improve them. It also provides a strong foundation to make informed decisions about stewarding natural resources. The Institute utilizes applied science through adaptive management wherever appropriate.
Collaboration - or, can people get behind this project or method?
Conservation that aspires to be effective over the long-term requires collaboration with people. People are the greatest users of natural resources globally and stand to be the most negatively affected as resources become scarce or degraded.
Seventh Generation Institute employs a collaborative approach in all our projects. What does this mean in practice? It means that Seventh Generation Institute adheres to a credo first expressed by the Malpais Borderlands Group, a pioneering collaboration between private landowners, scientists and government agencies in New Mexico.
The Institute partners with private land owners, government agencies at all levels, user groups, tribes, and community organizations. We look for shared goals and positive results that all project partners can embrace.
The Institute is nonpartisan and does not litigate, protest or take confrontational positions on issues.
Impact - or, is it Seventh Generation Institute accomplishing its mission?
And finally, as the Institute develops and carries out projects, we ask the tough questions of ourselves. Are we achieving our mission of conservation and sustainable use? Has there been a true conservation impact? We are not satisfied with developing a new tool if no one understands or uses it. We are not satisfied with a restoration project that is not self-sustaining in the long term.
Where we work
Initially, the Institute worked primarily in New Mexico, but in 2016, we added a second "location" (because one thing we do to innovate is not spend money on office rent) in Idaho. Our work had expanded into the northern part of the West.
Our staff are proud to participate in regional projects where it makes sense. The project Monitoring Climate and Pika in the Southern Rockies, for example, is our portion of a large regional monitoring project, involving many partners.
How the Institute got its name
We are often asked where the name Seventh Generation Institute came from. It is from an early and visionary saying of the Iroquois that succinctly describes why sustainability and conservation matter:
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