After 20 years of existence, including a recent phase of organizational growth and capacity-building, the International Society of Ethnobiology (ISE) initiated a self-reflective exercise in 2008 to assess the Society’s effectiveness and explore ways to continue to support the revitalization of the planet’s biological and cultural diversity.

As part of this larger exercise, a 3-day retreat was held in Tofino, Canada in 2009. Perspectives and personal stories were video-taped at this retreat and edited to produce this ISE video.  The recommendations from the retreat were communicated to the ISE Board and discussed at a special session at the 2010 Congress of the ISE in Tofino, Canada. This set the scene for an extensive institutional review.  After Tofino (2010) the exercise concentrated on development of a strategic and operational plan for the ISE to guide the Society into the future, which was presented at the 2012 Congress in Montpellier, France.

The final report from the ISE Re-Envisioning exercise will be posted soon.