In this reflective SNI Monthly Talk, Memo Some, a Nairobi-based policy advocate and educator on wildlife conservation, will share her thoughts on using storytelling to inspire and influence change in the conservation sector.
In her own words: Filmmakers and storytellers have at our disposal one of the greatest tools to sway public opinion on the matter. Films do not only educate but shape perceptions on different social issues. However, despite the power to inspire and advocate, many wildlife films and documentaries have excluded indigenous communities and their knowledge. Mostly, Africans have indulged in wildlife film content based on foreign narration and without representation of communities. In return, reliable generational knowledge has been diluted as it rapidly fades away from our cultures, traditions, and education systems.
Passionate about wildlife and sustainability, Memo Some founded the WildNow Foundation at the age of 18. After discovering that the most significant part of the population in Kenya, the youth, has not been nurtured into wildlife conservation issues, Memo was inspired to take action. WildNow Foundation aims to bridge the gap between existing and future policymakers and grassroots conservationists to help implement sustainable wildlife protection solutions and formulate better long-term policies.