1. The Freelance Condition and Lifelong Learning in Communities

The Freelance Condition & Lifelong Learning in Communities project is an investigation into the contributions informal educators make to lifelong learning. This research focuses specifically on the contributions made by freelance informal educators who address plants, nature, and related topics in their work. The focus is on freelance informal educators in particular because they are not bound to one location and have the opportunity to create change in many different settings.

For this project, a freelance informal educator is defined as someone who does not receive income as an employee (W-2 income) for the programs, products, or learning experiences they create. They, like other freelancers, work one project, one event, or one gig at a time. If this describes you, please consider completing this survey and sharing your story. Your responses are anonymous.

Responses collected through this survey will be used to better understand how freelance educators work and how they contribute to lifelong learning. 

This survey closes April 30, 2018. If you know of other freelance informal educators who may be interested in completing this survey, please feel free to share the link with them.

Thank you for your interest in this project. 

Questions about this project should be directed to Tania Marien.

Estimated amount of time to complete survey:  9 minutes

* 1. How many years have you worked in informal education?

* 2. How did you get started working in the field of informal education?

* 3. Which of the following topics do you address in your work?
(Check all that apply)

* 4. With which role do you identify the most?

* 5. At what kind of venue do you normally work? (Check all that apply)

* 6. Which statement best describes you?

* 7. How do you establish new relationships with clients?

* 8. How do people usually contact you?

* 9. Do you participate in public events as an educational exhibitor or vendor?

* 10. If you answered YES to Question 9, in what types of events do you participate?

* 11. How do you engage with the public through your work?
Do you create learning experiences? Lead tours? Present lectures about specific topics? Create interpretive panels? Teach about natural landscapes in a plein air painting class? Lead programs about people and plants? Something else?

* 12. To what extent do you agree with this statement?
My work positively impacts peoples' lives.

* 13. What kind of change do you think you're making as an informal educator?

* 14. What do you need to be able to create more change?

* 15. If you had unlimited resources, how would you approach your work differently?

* 16. How do you evaluate the impact of your work?
How do you know when you've been successful?
What does success look like?

* 17. Why do you choose to work as an independent professional in the field of informal education?

* 18. To what extent do you agree with the following statement?
My fiscal well-being as an independent professional working in informal education is stable.

* 19. Would you be interested in joining an online community designed specifically for freelance informal educators who address plants, nature, and related topics in their work?