SHIFT operates at the intersection of outdoor recreation, conservation, and cultural relevancy to protect our public lands (see here for more information). We're looking for work from around the country that does the same.

At The 2017 SHIFT Festival (November 1-3, Jackson Hole, WY), SHIFT will showcase innovative work that produces significant, measurable, and long-term gains for all types of outdoor users, and that can be easily replicated in other locales.

This survey is designed to capture information about your work. The top 25% of initiatives we research will be designated SHIFT "Official Selections", and invited to participate in SHIFT's Marketplace—a clearinghouse of best practices and an incubator for influencers in the space that takes place during the Festival.

This survey will also help us identify nominees for The 2017 SHIFT Awards, which recognize individuals, initiatives, or organizations that improve the quality of the outdoor experience through public land management, non-profit leadership, technology, youth leadership, youth engagement, athletic pursuits, and/or business leadership. (Information on The 2016 SHIFT Awards may be found here.)

Categories for the 2017 SHIFT Awards are: 

   -Non-Profit Leadership: This award recognizes work in the non-profit sector that leverages outdoor rec for conservation gains.
   -Public Land-Management Innovation: This award recognizes progressive land-management work taking place at either local, state, or federal levels.
   -Business Leadership: This award recognizes an outdoor company, be it retail, guide service, or other business.
   -Adventure Athlete: This award recognizes an adventure athlete who is also serving as an ambassador for responsible recreation, conservation, cultural relevancy, and/or land management in the outdoors.
   -Youth Leadership: This award recognizes an individual under 30 who is an ambassador for responsible recreation, conservation, cultural relevancy, and/or land management in the outdoors. 
   - Youth Engagement: This award recognizes individuals, an initiative, or an organization that make innovative, impactful, and replicable contributions to the conservation/recreation world by engaging young people.
   -Technology: This award recognizes an app, website or other technology.

We evaluate all initiatives on the basis of Impact, Innovation and Replicability.

   -To judge Impact, we consider whether the initiative has produced measurable, meaningful, and long-term improvements in its community, economy and/or its surrounding ecosystem.
   -To judge Innovation, we consider whether the initiative provides distinctive or new approaches in addressing its challenges.
   -To judge Replicability, we consider how easily the initiative could be scaled to other communities.

We appreciate your assistance in completing this survey. If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Thanks, and happy adventures—
The SHIFT Team