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Pathfinder Exploration Community

Updated: Jun 12

Pathfinder Exploration Community addresses the challenge of disseminating valuable knowledge and experiences within the GIS industry. "Pathfinders" is a podcast that illuminates the incredible world of GIS professionals who map our world, chart a path and inspire journeys. This podcast showcases how our industry has evolved from the maproom to the boardroom, emphasizing the critical role GIS plays in addressing today's challenges.

What is a Pathfinder?

A Pathfinder is someone who has made an impact in their community. Many professionals in this field have unique stories and expertise, but these insights often remain untapped. The GIS industry is vast and diverse, and we aim to solve the problem of isolating valuable insights within this dynamic field. We aim to highlight the everyday GIS hero, not necessarily those with the most accolades or wealth, but those who drive innovation, think differently, and contribute to the community's growth. We recognize the need to bridge the gap between these experts and those eager to learn from them.

Why GIS?

As GIS professionals, we are innovators poised to tackle future challenges with modern solutions. "Pathfinders" encourages us to grow, connect, and learn from one another, pushing the boundaries of our field. It highlights how GIS is central to modernizing cities, managing communities, and advocating for natural systems' protection.

"Pathfinders" shares the inspiring stories of GIS leaders, fostering a stronger community through shared experiences and insights. It's about education, investment in the next generation of GIS professionals, and building a resilient future together.

We believe that personal connections and real-life experiences are essential for professional growth, and we wanted to provide a space for this exchange. By sharing stories and experiences, we promote a sense of belonging and collaboration within the geo community. We want to ensure that no one feels isolated, and everyone can benefit from the collective wisdom of this industry.

What we believe

Our Vision is simple: Charting a path & inspiring your journey.​

Our Mission is to provide a unique professional growth platform to share and amplify the diverse and unique career stories of and lessons learned from everyday professionals. This is a community made up of leaders and we:

  • Build and maintain thought communities

  • Bring great stories to a deserving audience

  • Recognize passionate people and good work

  • Preserve and provide valuable knowledge and experience

Our Values are always top of mind and always in ‘check.’ From our founders to our platform and from our platform to our Pathfinders.

  • Credibility First: Prioritizing credibility by establishing a solid foundation of knowledge, expertise, and trustworthiness in all endeavors. Ensuring your actions and words reflect a commitment to reliability and integrity.

  • Humility Always: Maintaining humility as a constant attitude, embracing continuous growth, and remaining open to learning from others. Acknowledging mistakes and being receptive to diverse perspectives.

  • Excellence a Given: Striving for excellence as the default standard in every task and interaction. Consistently delivering high-quality work and setting a benchmark for others to follow.

  • Curiosity Unleashed: Fostering a relentless curiosity, always seeking new knowledge, insights, and opportunities for innovation. Encouraging a mindset of exploration and discovery.

  • Kindness as a Cornerstone: Treating others with kindness, compassion, and empathy. Creating a welcoming and inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and supported.

What is our history?

Our journey began with a realization during the COVID-19 pandemic: the geo community needed a platform to share stories, connect, and learn from one another.

What Next?

Pathfinder Exploration Community envisions a future where every professional in the geo industry can easily access the knowledge, skills, and experiences they need to thrive in their careers. We aim to expand our platform and will continue to seek out individuals who go above and beyond in their field, not necessarily those with the most accolades or wealth, but those who drive innovation, think differently, and contribute to the community's growth. Our goal is to become a comprehensive resource for career development in the geo industry, connecting learners with stories, skills, and opportunities for a brighter future.

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