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“Partnering” by Jean Oelwang

Tangible lessons from 60+ of the world's most remarkable partnerships.


Spouses and founders of Big Cats Initiative and Great Plains Conservation

Dereck and Beverly Joubert


Dereck and Beverly Joubert are wildlife filmmakers and conservationists who have been filming and exploring in Africa for over 30 years. They are the founders of the Big Cats Initiative with National Geographic, for whom they have made more than 25 films. Together with three other individuals, they also channel their considerable skills and experience to create innovative, world-class conservation projects, under the banner of Great Plains Conservation, in diverse and threatened habitats throughout Africa.

“But I think that partnerships work best where it’s one plus one equals three or ten, rather than the same. …we don’t compete for life. I think we complement for life.”

Dereck Joubert

“We have a secret weapon and that it’s not just the two of us but we have a common goal and our third partner in this is nature and conservation, so we have a higher goal and it’s a shared on and it’s mutual.”

Dereck Joubert

“For us, via some magic dust, our purpose is like a piece of steel and we’ve sharpened it and sharpened it. And each long journey is just another stroke on the grindstone, and we’ve created a fine blade that’s really sharp and vital and alive, not dulled by the passage of time, but actually sharpened.”

Beverly Joubert

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