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Volunteer Product Manager for Nature Counter by CrowdDoing

We are building an app for iPhone /android and corresponding Moodle courses.

Are you fascinated by the psychological and physiological effects of "taking in the forest"?

Are you interested in the challenge of addressing societal challenges through connection to nature?

Do you wish to grow professionally through experiential learning through collaboration?

Do you wish to adopt the complex challenge of evidencing and explaining why immersion in nature is beneficial for individuals and communities?

Our work in Nature Counter at CrowdDoing is designed to help individuals to discover the benefits of immersion in ecological settings such as forests, public parks, rivers and beaches.

Passion for science education, andecopsychology, ecophysiology,ecological anthropology, ecological sociology, Eco-Organizatinal-Psychology are helpful, but not required.



If you haven’t read about Ecopsychology before, you can see examples such as this article by Jim Robbins called "Ecopsychology: How Immersion in Nature Benefits Your Health

" " https://e360.yale.edu/features/ecopsychology-how-immersion-in-nature-benefits-your-health"

Using the five senses through Forest Bathing https://www.pressherald.com/2021/10/03/forest-therapy-walks-grow-in-popularity-in-maine/

"clearing the mind and connecting with the environment has the power to boost your physical health, reduce stress and elevate wellness." https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel/2021/08/walk-into-the-wild-british-columbia

Eco-therapy (Nature Therapy, Green Therapy) https://californianewstimes.com/ecotherapy-highlights-benefits-of-immersing-anxious-stressed-kids-in-nature/571108/

"Ecotherapy: Theory, Research & Practice." https://www.success.com/the-mood-boosting-power-of-ecotherapy/

"Most notably, they have found that one forest bathing session can cause an increase in 'anti-cancer proteins’, or NK (Natural Killer) cells, and the effects can last for around for 30 days!" https://www.bbcearth.com/news//forest-bathing-for-beginners

". A researcher from the University of San Francisco believes that being among trees and soaking in their oils encourages our bodies to release oxytocin. Oxytocin is known as the feel-good hormone that is released when we have human contact. In other words, forest bathing is akin to receiving a loving hug from mother nature herself!"

https://zenbev.com/the-benefits-of-forest-bathing/

"If you’ve ever inhaled the warm, woodsy scent of cedar or the fresh, clean scent of pine, you’ve experienced the natural aromatherapy of phytoncides. This distinctive category of woodland-based essential oils are released by trees and plants as part of their defence system.

According to Dr. Qing Li, a physician, professor at Nippon Medical School in Tokyo, and president of the Japanese Society of Forest Medicine:

Trees release phytoncides to protect them from bacteria, insects and fungi. Phyton is Green for 'plant,’ and cide is 'to kill.’ Phytoncides are also part of the communication pathway between trees: the way trees talk to each other. The concentration of phytoncides in the air depends on the temperature and other changes that take place throughout the year. The warmer it is, the more phytoncides there are in the are." (3)

In this study, inhaling tree-derived phytoncides reduced stress hormone levels in both men and women and increased natural killer (NK) cell activity (a vital part of our immune system).

"

https://mommypotamus.com/forest-bathing/

"Mood Lifting Benefits of Forest Bathing

In one study, participants were asked to assess their emotional state before and after forest bathing. After two hours, they reported a reduction in:

  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Fatigue
  • Dejection
  • Confusion

" https://mommypotamus.com/forest-bathing/

"Forest bathing, or taking in the "forest's atmosphere," is a timely common-sense practice that would do us a world of wonder in these pandemic stricken days."

https://www.urbanmoonshine.com/blogs/blog/forest-bathing-as-restorative-action?_pos=1&_sid=96d2a2524&_ss=r

"But you don’t need to read scientific papers - or battle a serious illness - to realize that being outside is rejuvenating. "We all know in our bones that it works, and that we feel better when we spend time outside. We instinctively want to go to the forest when we are upset. We evolved from nature, and we’re connected to it,"’

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/05/21/lifestyle/trees-yes-please-how-forest-bathing-can-help-you-heal/

"For Ms. Kistler, the science is great but not the point. When she goes to the woods - alone or with her husband and two young children - it’s a chance to clear her mind and appreciate the subtlety of her surroundings. Or sometimes those walks make for the best, uninterrupted conversations, she finds."

https://www.post-gazette.com/life/goodness/2021/01/31/forest-bathing-winter-walks-hiking-trails-Pittsburgh-exercise-cold-weather-goodness/stories/202101210132


"o preliminarily explore this issue, healthy adults were assessed before and after a 3-hour session of Forest Bathing in a Mediterranean forest near Barcelona (Spain). The study was conducted during the Covid-19 outbreak. Changes in state anxiety, negative affect, positive affect and state mindfulness were assessed. Results show significant increases in positive affect, vigour, friendship and mindfulness, and decreases in negative affect, anxiety, anger, fatigue, tension, and depressive mood."

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/355381396_Psychological_benefits_of_Forest_Bathing_during_the_COVID-19_pandemic_A_pilot_study_in_a_Mediterranean_forest_close_to_urban_areas

""I can't speak for all, but to me I almost imagine the field to be a bit of a spectrum. On one end, using calm, healing, restorative aspects of nature to heal human beings - therapy in beautiful nature. That's down one end... the other end of the spectrum is ... helping humans to help nature.

:" https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/434686/ecotherapy-mental-health-and-the-climate-crisis

"When you’re enjoying the outdoors, it’s easy to get lost in the moment and "stay present," which means that ecotherapy is one way to establish and maintain a mindfulness habit. This has been shown to benefit those with anxiety symptoms and PTSD symptoms, leading to reductions in "stress hormones" such as cortisol." https://draxe.com/health/ecotherapy-nature-therapy/

""Nature-deficit disorder," a concept introduced by former San Diego Union-Tribune columnist and author Richard Louv in 2005, underscores the importance of access to green spaces. A growing number of studies indicate that exposure to nature benefits kids in different ways, such as by lowering stress and promoting better cognitive development.

" https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/health/story/2021-10-26/ecotherapy-highlights-benefits-of-immersing-anxious-stressed-kids-in-nature

"A form of healing called ecotherapy is becoming recognized as one of the best ways to improve one’s sense of well-being. The knowledge that nature can be a healing force has existed throughout time. Recently, scientific data has upheld this common belief and provided reproducible benefits to human well-being from spending time in nature.

" https://www.gardeninglove.co.uk/how-to-connect-with-nature-for-mental-health/

" different sort of medical prescription is spreading across Canada, that of "nature therapy" where doctors, nurses and other health-care practitioners can prescribe going outdoors as part of a wellness routine.

Nature therapy, also called ecotherapy, is derived from the principles of ecopsychology - a broad term that describes using a person’s presence in nature to improve their mental and physical health.

" https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/nature-therapy-program-offered-as-new-medical-prescription-to-canadians-1.5358112

Ultimately, you’ll create both functional and appealing features that address our clients’ needs and help us grow our customer base.

  • Collect and analyze feedback from customers, stakeholders and other teams to shape requirements, features and end products
  • Work with senior management to create product plans and roadmaps
  • Lead product managers and coordinate cross-functional teams
  • Produce and review product requirements documents (PRD)
  • Ensure products and releases are launched correctly and on schedule
  • Make creative recommendations to expand product base and vision
  • Suggest ways to track product use and impact on end users
Requirements
  • Proven experience as a Product Manager or similar role
  • Experience in product lifecycle management
  • Background in software development and program management is preferred
  • Familiarity with Agile framework
  • Organizational and leadership abilities
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Problem-solving aptitude
  • Creative thinking skills
  • BSc/BA in Computer Science, Engineering or related field
Qualifications:

Are you interested in the therapeutic effects of spending time in nature has on people, organizations and communities?

  • Would you enjoy collaborating with a diverse, virtual, and international team?

If you have an interest to learn more about how about how time in restorative environment such as the wilderness or public parks has an effect on outcomes relevant to the effectiveness and well-being of people in organizations, then this might be the right role for you. Help us teach the world about how outcomes include psychophysiological stress responses, productivity and emotional states are achievable via a dose of nature required for a person’s goals.

If you haven’t read about Ecopsychology before, you can see examples such as this articleby Jim Robbins called "Ecopsychology: How Immersion in Nature Benefits Your Health

" " https://e360.yale.edu/features/ecopsychology-how-immersion-in-nature-benefits-your-health"

Using the five senses through Forest Bathing https://www.pressherald.com/2021/10/03/forest-therapy-walks-grow-in-popularity-in-maine/

"clearing the mind and connecting with the environment has the power to boost your physical health, reduce stress and elevate wellness." https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel/2021/08/walk-into-the-wild-british-columbia

Eco-therapy (Nature Therapy, Green Therapy) https://californianewstimes.com/ecotherapy-highlights-benefits-of-immersing-anxious-stressed-kids-in-nature/571108/

"Ecotherapy: Theory, Research & Practice." https://www.success.com/the-mood-boosting-power-of-ecotherapy/



You can see benefits of time in the park put on Nature Counter's linkedin page here- https://www.linkedin.com/posts/nature-counter-by-crowddoing_forestbathing-naturedose-attentionrestorationtheory-activity-6805531019593302016-1hnd, You can see more background on our Nature Counter team here- https://www.linkedin.com/posts/nature-counter-by-crowddoing_forestbathing-naturedose-attentionrestorationtheory-activity-6805531019593302016-1hnd. You can see a post about how just 30 minutes a week in nature reduces the chance of depression by 7%.

Nature Counter./Biophelia Counter

" A recent study of 20,000 people published in the journal Scientific Reports finds that people who spend at least 120 minutes per week - that’s about 18 minutes a day - in nature are far more likely to report being in good health and having higher psychological well-being, as compared to those who don’t embrace nature. People who spent some time in nature, but fewer than 120 minutes a week, "were no more likely to report good health or high well-being than those who reported 0 minutes," the study authors found. "

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-is-the-exact-number-of-minutes-to-spend-in-nature-each-week-for-better-health-2019-06-21

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/13/health/nature-outdoors-health.html

120 Minutes per week in nature is also geo-locateable on phones. Have you gotten your 120 minutes a week at medium edose nature, or 90 minutes a day of high dose nature?

That is determinable by if your smart phone shows you in the park for how many minutes.

We aim to build an app that counts how many minutes in nature each week you have spent and reporting that back to the person. This is like step counts, but based on time in nature as walks through non-parks don’t count for the nature counter.


  • - Participate in weekly discussions across teams and stakeholders on ways to reach project goals.
  • Time-based nature benefits-
    • 15 Minutes in Nature
      • Decrease in pulse rate by 3.9%
      • Decrease in systolic blood pressure by 1.9%
      • Decrease in diastolic blood pressure by 2.1%
      • Lower levels of cortisol (stress hormone)
      • Increased parasympathetic nerve activity and decreased sympathetic nerve activity. The sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems work together to control respiration, digestion, and heart rate. When you are calm, the parasympathetic nervous system is increased, lowering your heart rate and respiration, and increasing digestion. In a stressful situation, the fight or flight (sympathetic) response is triggered, dilating pupils, increasing heart rate and respiration, which allows you to breathe faster.
      • Feel more relaxed, yet energized
    • 30 minutes in nature
      • All of the benefits from 15 minutes in nature AND
      • Increased attention span
      • Reduction in depression symptoms by 7%
      • Reduction in high blood pressure by 9%
    • 50 minutes in nature
      • All of the benefits from 15, 30, and 40 minutes in nature AND
      • An increased attention span with the ability to block out irrelevant stimuli and concentrate
      • A decreased level of anxiety
    • 120 minutes (2 hours) in nature
      • All of the benefits from 15, 30, 40, and 50 minutes in nature AND
      • An overall sense of well-being and happiness
      • A better, more restful sleep
    • 150 minutes (2.5 hours) in nature
      • All of the benefits from 15, 30, 40, 50, and 120 minutes in nature AND
      • Reduction in feelings of anxiety
      • Reduced need to ruminate on past events and focus on the future
    • 200 minutes in nature
      • All of the benefits from 15, 30, 40, 50, and 120 minutes in nature AND
      • The feeling of well-being and happiness

The only way CrowdDoing.world can realize its impact potential is through virtual volunteers,service learners(http://blog.reframeit.com/service-learning-and-skilled-volunteering/), and micro-leaders (https://real-leaders.com/leveraging-micro-leadership-to-make-aspirational-goals-achievable/) coming together.

See this brief video aboutMicro-leadership at CrowdDoing (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhdB2YJ8Ocs&app=desktop). Micro-leadership means that each person adopts a dimension of responsibility for a collective problem in our society through collaborating on that area creatively individually and together through social innovation.

You are also welcome to see more background on CrowdDoing at our Youtube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVoL7fai7oa95fBo44FC0gA?sub_confirmation=1).

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Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CrowdDoing-515295062320613) ,

LinkedIn ( https://www.linkedin.com/company/18910309/ ).

You can see a CrowdDoing Volunteering FAQ here.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zCkbEQX8PHh8k85BS0iIhsJJxADqdH3Kpn1PDbI1Uno/edit?usp=sharing

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