Memorial Day Grand Slam! Breaking Down the Ocean & Coastal Communications Landscape and Taking CNT & ASPN to the Next Level!

May 30, 2022

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Happy Memorial Day! On this special episode recorded the morning of Memorial Day, hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham chat the importance and meaning of the Memorial Day holiday on the American Shoreline before turning their attention to the ocean and coastal communication landscape. It is increasingly recognized that there exists a weak link in how we educate and communicate with the public. The social and scientific realities of the ocean and coast are complex, and so too are our stories. That's where CNT & ASPN come in. By developing a centralized media platform for the ocean and coast we have fostered a de-siloed conservation that has explored the four corners of the space, and much of whats in between. From science and exploration to social justice and culture, CNT & ASPN have laid the foundation for the complex story telling that lies in our future. Now we need to make it better! Please support our work! This summer, we seek to raise funds to take CNT & ASPN to the next level. If you value the work we are doing, be sure to pass this show along to the right people and tell them to make your company or organization a sponsor today!

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Peter Ravella & Tyler Buckingham

Peter and Tyler joined forces in 2015 and from the first meeting began discussing a project that would become Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network. At the time, Peter and Tyler were coastal consultants for Pete’s firm, PAR Consulting, LLC. In that role, they worked with coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, engaged in grant writing, coastal project development, shoreline erosion and land use planning, permitting, and financial planning for communities undertaking big beach restoration projects. Between and among their consulting tasks, they kept talking and kept building the idea of CNT & ASPN. In almost every arena they worked, public engagement played a central role. They spent thousands of hours talking with coastal stakeholders, like business owners, hotel operators, condo managers, watermen, property owners, enviros, surfers, and fishermen. They dived deep into the value, meaning, and responsibility for the American shoreline, segment-by-segment. Common threads emerged, themes were revealed, differences uncovered. There was a big conversation going on along the American shoreline! But, no place to have it. That's where CNT and ASPN were born.