Spotlight on Elliot Connor

Meet Elliot Connor: Change-maker and conservationist, Elliot is the founder and CEO of Human Nature Projects, a community revitalizing the environmental world.

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Tell us about your initiative!

Human Nature Projects is a community of 1000 people in 100 countries globally, with the simple aim of revitalizing the environmental field. Currently the landscape is pretty bleak: isolation, elitism, reclusivitiy, apathy, miscommunication, duplicated effort, resource shortages and goodness knows how many other afflictions. The answer to it all lies in conservation connectivity- giving people the power to change the planet, providing a single united front with which to face the greatest challenges of our time. Sounds simple, intuitive even. The devil, as they say, is in the details!

If you could go back in time and give your younger self advice, what would it be?

“Whatever you do, so something. Think big, and don’t fear failure. Oh… and never take no for an answer.” I think my introduction to the field of conservation happened very much along the lines of ‘fake it till you make it’- I still do, in many respects. But just having the realization that so many wonderful opportunities and connections come from getting out there, setting things in motion, was what inevitably drove me down the treacherous yet rewarding path of leadership I’m currently on.

What does your morning routine look like?

Well, I can give you the outlook for tomorrow:

  • Midnight- webinar

  • 1am- webinar

  • 2am-webinar

  • 3am- webinar

  • 4am-6am- sleep!

Then morning correspondence for two hours, an end of year French exam and all a million other little things! I'm still working on this whole self-care wisdom.

Best trip you ever took: Two months in Southern Africa- breaking down next to buffalos, being stalked by a leopard, and watching wild dogs hunt through our campsite. What more can you ask for when it comes to a true bush experience?

Your Personal Bible: Lawrence Anthony's The Elephant Whisperer - best book ever.

Spirit animal (and why): Never ask a nature-lover this. It's being asked to pick a favourite child (not that I have much experience at all). But I'll have to go for stick insects, because I have two of them as pets and they sit on my desk at home. Woe betide my friend who called one a scorpion at school!

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Alex Gordon