Wednesday, October 6, 2010

SSF Webinar on Civic Engmt for Rivers on Oct 20

From an announcement by the Security and Sustainability Forum:

SSF Presents Part II in our Water Resource Series:
Civic Engagement for Rivers: Build Success into your Sustainability Projects, led by Founder, America's Waterway, Anne Lewis

October 20, 2010 2:15 - 3:45pm EDT, Registration Open Now!

We want everyone in this field to have the opportunity to hear this important webinar. Please use the forward email link at the bottom of this announcement to share with colleagues you think would benefit from attending this session.

Who Should Attend?
Natural resource managers from federal, state and local agencies; NGOs; researchers; environmental and planning contractors; decision-makers; and waterway and water resource stakeholders.

What Will You Learn?
Through civic engagement case studies exemplifying both successes and failures you will gain an understanding of principles and practices directly applicable to adaptive management of community water resources. Explore the water resource world today and the ways in which civic engagement can enhance watershed policy and practices. Innovative civic engagement processes and tools that are transparent, informative, empowering and build a common understanding among disparate groups will be discussed.
• Gain insights into overcoming political stakeholder barriers
• Learn about effective civic engagement techniques and approaches
• Understand the complexities of whole water systems and isolate key factors in the decision making process
• Identify useful practitioner contacts for follow-up on issues related to establishing inclusion
• Obtain management tools for building social networks and constituencies for action

Who Will You Hear From?
Join moderator Anne Lewis, President of America's Waterway, as she discusses the complexities and solutions for management of community water resources.

She will convene experts: Robyn Colosimo, The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), White House; Dr. Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, Founder and President of AmericaSpeaks; andTim Bonnemann, founder and CEO of Intellitics, Inc., who will address deliberative democracy tools and link them with the complex issues in water projects so participants can use those tools for more effective water management solutions.

How Can You Participate?
This 90 minute online webinar will include Q&A with the audience. Registration is FREE. Click here to register.

SSF worked in collaboration with The Horinko Group, an environmental consulting firm, operating at the intersection of science, policy, and communications to present this public-interest series.

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