Methods

Waterlution uses four key methods to inspire pattern-making and pattern-breaking change towards a healthy and sustainable relationship with water:

Facilitation

Facilitation is the process of enabling groups to work cooperatively and effectively.

All Waterlution programs employ facilitated learning processes to ensure meaningful, inclusive knowledge sharing and connecting across diverse viewpoints.

Waterlution also offers facilitation training opportunities to outstanding water-focused individuals across Canada, paving the way for deep systemic change.

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“I greatly admire how Waterlution creates space for all voices at the table” – Facilitator, The Canadian Water Innovation Lab, 2010.

Deep systemic change requires the involvement of all key actors in a system. Waterlution programs encourage innovative and holistic policies and practices around water by bringing diverse individuals together to share perspectives. We recognize both the challenges and necessity of stepping out of our “boxes” and fostering meaningful collaboration across sectors, viewpoints, generations and cultures.

Waterlution aims to offer safe spaces in which all stakeholders can share perspectives on water and authentically and creatively collaborate to carve new ways forward.

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Leadership development

The biggest challenge we see to achieving healthy communities and healthy watersheds is in developing resilient leaders with both the practical understanding of water issues and the facilitation skills to champion positive change.

To-date, we have trained 75 stand-out Canadian water practitioners, stewards and experts in group facilitation. These “Waterlution Associates” are our community-based ambassadors and workshop facilitators, trained in integrated participative change processes and methods to engage local stakeholders in meaningful conversation. Learn about our current Associates here.

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Network Support and Development

We provide networking platforms and online connecting tools for Canadian water stewards to stay connected.

Our Hub Network, social media communities, list-serve and community-based Associates work to foster and develop strong communities of action.

For more information on how you or your organization can get involved in the Waterlution network, please contact community@waterlution.org.

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