“Soft Skills” — What are they really?

Reflections on a reoccurring theme at the National Forum on Landscape Conservation


At this past November’s National Forum on Landscape Conservation, the conversation frequently circled back to what was often called the “soft skills” of landscape conservation. The regularity with which these skills were referenced suggests that perhaps such skills are so central and critical to the practice of landscape conservation that thinking about them as “soft” is less than helpful.  Peter Williams, Associate Director of the Partnership and Community Collaboration Academy, reflects on what he heard during the National Forum, and on this broader theme. When we use the term “soft skills,” what do we mean? Drawing on his expertise, Peter explores the question and points to several resources and trainings that exist.


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