EWC/YSEALI Institute for Natural Resource Managers
Currently the Center offers two (2) Institutes for Natural Resource Managers: Southeast Asia annually. The Institutes run in partnership with the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), eleven (11) US Embassies who select all fellows, our implementation partner the University of Montana Mansfield Center, and with the U.S. Department of State.
The East-West Center has also hosted Institutes for Natural Resource Managers: Global (Brazil, China, Japan, Russia, Turkey) and Institutes for Natural Resource Managers: Middle East (Jordan, Palestinian Territories). See the fellows tab above for a list of all our 'ohana.
Cohorts of twenty-one (21) fellows an average age of twenty-one (21) complete a twenty-one (21) week curriculum. Five (5) weeks are spent together in Hawaii, North and Central California, Yosemite National Park, and Washington D.C. Upon completion, fellows become EWC Associates and members of one of over fifty (50) East-West Center regional chapters.
Institutes are academically demanding with fellows reading over 21 books covering a wide range of views and topics and whose authors they debate virtually and in person. Current books include: The Synthetic Age, Clean Meat, Leading from the Roots, A Bright Future, A New Climate Story, California Greenin', and Factfulness.
Institutes use experiential methods to train fellows capable of designing and facilitating innovation challenges, accelerator programs, health campaigns, and arts and media initiatives with community partners in their home countries. Upon completion, fellows are eligible to work with the Center as EWC Innovation Fellows.
EWC Innovation Fellows
Organizations are facing unprecedented pressure to innovate. Yet current approaches towards innovation are haphazard, seem episodic, and may lack support. EWC Innovation Fellows receive crucial financial and strategic support from the East-West Center to lead a team of innovators within an organization. Cohorts of ten (10) fellows will represent their innovation teams in ten (10) modules all delivered virtually over the course of ten (10) months.
The experience supports innovation within health, environment, community resilience, and the arts sectors with past initiatives captured on our YouTube channel. Fellows serve as ambassadors for the East-West Center improving the Center’s 1) effectiveness by publishing case studies and videos for use in our trainings, 2) reach by serving those unable to attend training in Hawaii, 3) impact by sharing learnings via live virtual meetups with residential programs in Hawaii, and 4) engagement by joining and offering programming with 51 regional EWC chapters.