Last month, we published an eNews article titled On Photography and Coexistence with Nature, written by EcoLogic Field Technician Antonio Reyes Montejo all the way from his project site in Ixcán, Guatemala. Like we mentioned in the last article, EcoLogic is always aiming to improve how we communicate, as an organization and to our external audience, so this article is meant to be both a reply to the field staff in our region‐with whom I work closely but may not have the opportunity to speak with or see on a daily basis—as well as a visual-based introduction to me, Riley Hunter, EcoLogic’s new communications officer. This article is in English and Spanish.
In San Francisco de la Paz, Honduras; with Don Jose (or Don Tiva), the father of the owner of the school I worked at—a man who, though he has since passed, told me many stories and taught me very much about the history of his people and his country.
Tell me how you first became involved with EcoLogic and what is your role now?
Cuénteme cómo usted se incorporó a EcoLogic y cuál es su papel?
I became involved with EcoLogic during the last semester of my master’s degree program in Communication and Development Studies. I went through a few rounds of interviews while finishing up various finals and a thesis, graduated, and moved to Boston to start working with EcoLogic, an organization that seemed to show remarkable congruence with my academic background, geographic focus, experience abroad, and way of working and understanding.
My role now, as EcoLogic’s Communication Officer, certainly reflects that compatibility. Communication for Development (C4D), which was the focus of my master’s degree, began with the focus of empowering rural communities in Latin America and has over the past 30 years been adopted on a global scale, implemented in communities with varied livelihoods, and has bridged across a diversity of fields, focuses, and scenarios. My role is to perform the duties of a traditional communications officer—to produce and share media with EcoLogic’s stakeholders and audience in order to encourage people involved with EcoLogic to interact, take action, and support the sustainability of EcoLogic’s projects. However, due to my studies and cross-cultural communications experience as a former community-based photojournalist and communications officer, I’ve learned that I have an opportunity—a responsibility, really—to approach this position in a particular way: a way that reflects the participation and empowerment that EcoLogic seeks to advance daily within rural and indigenous communities.
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