Who are you?

Thinking about who I am, a coastal professional, right?

Thinking about who I am, a coastal professional, right?

If I asked you who you were what would you say? Perhaps you might start with your nationality, age, gender, height, passions, interests or your name.

Generally your response will follow the context on where you are. For instance, if I am out at a bar, I commonly say, a coastal researcher, perhaps a coastal scientist. If I am in a social setting where I could engage in a deeper conversation I say, a social and environmental entrepreneur. If I am at family BBQ I respond in regards to what I am up to, say, a PhD student.

Perhaps I should really rephrase the question to probe what I really want to know. What do you do for a job, what’s your profession?

Now, if you work professionally in the management of the coast (e.g. coastal management), would you say, a coastal professional? Would you break it down further, an engineer, lawyer, economist, community engagement educator, project manager, historian, artist….

If I met you at a bar, social setting or a family BBQ, my following questions would be?

Who are you as a coastal professional? How do you see the coast? How do you manage the coast? What are your conditions, cultures, conflicts, consensus, what are your social and construction theories of the coast?  What are you coastal values, motivations, passions, interests, ideas and visions?

Consider yourself lucky or unlucky, as I am embarking on these questions, so we, being coastal professionals will know who we are for the protection and management of the coast.