Sebastian Marino is hereditary chief of Hatohobei State, a small island and a coral reef in the West Pacific Republic of Palau. He has been working with his community to develop a shared vision for the Helen Reef Conservation Area – the largest marine conservation area in Palau. His Goddard MA in Individualized Studies thesis examined the importance of indigenous conservation knowledge and described the process he used to build this community vision. The results of this project now serve as a road map for his community’s work to protect the reef.