What We Do
We nurture and embolden communities and youth to solve their own social, environmental, and natural resource problems.
The secret to our success is being and invigorating committed citizens. Our work primes the pump. Our alchemy transforms a few dollars into free-flowing social capital creating self-sustaining solutions – by the people, with their resources and know-how, and on their terms.
With expert credentials and local experience, we harness the power of creative educational strategies, effective local planning processes, and change-making media.
Britt Basel MSc, Director
With experience in 42 countries, Britt Basel is a socio-environmental scientist, educator, and visual storyteller.
As an applied scientist, Britt specializes in facilitating Community-Based Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Natural Resource Management. Her work is focused on community-driven processes incorporating capacity building, ecosystem-based solutions, sustainable livelihoods, social cohesion, and appropriate technology that empower communities to address the challenges they face.
Solutions often include elements of:
Integrated watershed management
Disaster risk reduction
Sustainable water management
Her fieldwork spans working with the United Nations Development Program to direct engagement with small-scale farmers and local resource managers around the world. As an applied scientist, Britt’s experience includes project design, team management, community consultation, vulnerability assessments, facilitating community planning processes, project management, and M&E.
As an educator, Britt believes in hands-on education that allows students to critically and holistically engage with people and places, including different cultural perspectives/priorities and a whole-systems perspective. She encourages students to use critical analysis, science, and empathy to develop culturally appropriate and sustainable solutions to the issues we confront as a global community. Britt believes that self-awareness, self-reflection, curiosity, and determination are the foundation of becoming a global citizen. She has directly worked with hundreds of students over the last twelve years in addition to creating university-level syllabi and curricula.
As a visual storyteller, Britt is a photographer and writer associated with National Geographic. Her other publications include the Washington Post, The New Zealand Herald, and the Outdoor Journal India.
Britt is fluent in English and Spanish.
A few of our partners...
C2O Consulting has experienced senior scientists, specialist affiliated scientists and networks within regional organizations, environmental agencies, research and government in Australia, the Pacific and the United States. We specialise in tropical marine and coastal environments and our skills include: climate change vulnerability and adaptation, water quality assessments, community-based natural resource management, marine monitoring, land and sea interactions, fisheries assessments, pollution risk assessments, environmental impacts assessments, and science synthesis. C2O also has field capabilities, with access to specialist equipment and personnel including commercial divers.
Teams of experts and skilled volunteers assist communities in small island developing nations with marine and terrestrial ecosystem management including the conservation of biodiversity, sustainable livelihood projects, environmental education and to build their capacity to handle the changes associated with climate change. OceansWatch also assists with disaster preparedness and recovery, including medical outreach. Work is accomplished by use of sailing yachts, allowing the teams to access remote and highly vulnerable regions.
The Vermont Caribbean Institute (VCI) creates sustainable solutions to strengthen communities in the Caribbean and United States by designing people-to-people and educational travel opportunities and implementing collaborative projects to address today’s most pressing social and ecological challenges.
Based in Chiapas, Mexico, La Mano del Mono unites local hands to make global changes. Projects generate local employment and conserve forests, while supporting ecotourism, environmental education and experiential learning.
Carpe Diem Education offers gap-year and accredited-semester programs experiential education programs around the globe with a focus on offering programs that are accessible to the greatest diversity of students aged 18-22. Through service, travel, community and cultural exchange – students receive a unique and personal insight into themselves and the cultures they live within.