We're all about sharing the knowledge! Check out some recordings of our introductory (101-level) engagement organizing training videos and our Fresh Ideas webinar series.
Engaging the Persuadables "ON DEMAND" Webinar Series:
Introduction to Engagement Organizing: Thanks to the Sustainability Network for recording this introductory webinar on engagement organization, recorded in September 2015. This session details the 5-step process the Freshwater Alliance promotes to build towards engagement success.
An Introduction to Theory of Change: In this 2nd webinar in our "Engaging the Persuadables" series, National Project Director of the Freshwater Alliance Lindsay Telfer, walks through a quick snapshot of what it means to have a "clear theory of change" and how it is essential to start down the pathway towards successful engagement initiatives.
An Introduction to Engagement Planning: In this 3rd webinar in our "Engaging the Persuadables" series, Lindsay Telfer, guides viewers through the importance of planning for your engagement successes. Introducing elements around audience identification, engagement pyramids and leadership development, this 3rd webinar provides the cornerstone tools to build strong, sustaining and resilient engagement programs.
An Introduction to Storytelling: In this 4th webinar in the Engaging the Persuadables introduction to freshwater engagement, we review the importance of storytelling in engagement initiatives. Offering tools along the way, this session is a must watch if you are thinking of ways to improve your communications to drive supporters to take action!
An Introduction to Data-driven Organizing: In this final webinar in our 5-part series on engagement success, we will review fundamentals in getting data-ready. This session offers a quick overview of how you can get started in establishing your engagement baselines, setting your engagement goals and measuring your engagement success. Finally, a quick recap of the series with a note on the need for prioritization brings this 5-part webinar series to a close. We do hope you've enjoyed it.
FRESH IDEAS WEBINAR SERIES:
Launched in April 2015, this webinar series highlights freshwater success stories, community efforts to protect freshwater, innovative ideas and leading-edge freshwater science.
Global Water Futures (June 28, 2018). In Canada and globally, we are facing unprecedented water-related challenges. Given that half the world's population and all of Canada are dependent upon water from cold regions, the grand challenge for water science in Canada and globally is: "How can we best forecast, prepare for and manage water futures in the face of dramatically increasing risks?" Find out how Global Water Futures is working to answer this and other questions.
Achieving Target 1: Protecting 17% of land and freshwater in Canada by 2020 (May 24, 2018). The first target of Canada's Biodiversity Strategy is to protect 17% of land and freshwater and 10% of coastal and marine areas by 2020. With only 10.6% of land and freshwater currently protected, we have a big opportunity to push for the protection of freshwater ecosystems in Canada over the next two years.
Where Are We Now? Assessing the Proposed Changes to Canada's Environmental Laws (March 23, 2018). In 2016, the Federal Government made a commitment to restore lost protections to Canada's legal framework for environmental protection. Bill C-68 and C-69 propose changes to five different environmental acts. But are the revisions enough to protect the land, water and species that sustain us?
Defending Wood Buffalo Park. (December 8, 2017). Wood Buffalo Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a place of great spiritual and cultural significance to local First Nations, and home to some incredibly unique ecosystems and species. However, the park is located downstream from some of the largest industrial projects in the world, like the Alberta oil sands, the Bennett Dam, and the recently approved Site C dam. This webinar showcases how the Mikisew Cree are working to defend Wood Buffalo Park from these threats.
Wetlands: From Science to Action (September 25, 2017). Wetlands are an essential part of aquatic ecosystems. But not all wetlands are created equal. In this webinar, Dr. Nandita Basu of the University of Waterloo and Dr. Pascal Badiou of Ducks Unlimited Canada present emerging research on the importance of small wetlands in filtering water and providing habitat.
Rights of Rivers (June 1, 2017). Vernon Tava--a lawyer based in Auckland, New Zealand--discusses the landmark law that gave the Whanganui River in New Zealand legal personhood, and Caleb Behn, executive director of Keepers of the Water, shares his perspective on how laws based in Dene and Dunne-Za paradigms could provide a more accountable framework through which to protect water than Western colonial law.
Community-Based Water Monitoring (March 9, 2017). Kat Hartwig of Living Lakes Canada and Megan Peloso of Lake Windermere Ambassadors (LWA) share insights on community-based water monitoring, including challenges and promises of these unique programs. Read more about LWA's lake monitoring program here.
Building Climate Resilience at the Water's Edge (April 6, 2016). Rebecca Wodder, leading and longtime U.S. environmental leader, shares her vision--laid out in this blog post--for communities to adapt to climate threats by tapping and building natural and social capital via freshwater sustainability efforts.
Federal Call to Action on Fresh Water (August 20, 2015). Tony Maas, project lead for the Our Living Waters initiative, and Merrell-Ann Phare, Our Living Waters steering committee member, present the launch of a call to action to put water on the agenda of the next government of Canada
Commons Connections (May 21, 2015). Paul Baines of Great Lakes Commons shares what a "commons" approach to water has to offer in conversation moderated by Raj Gill.
How New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Got Off the Frack Track”(April 23, 2015) The debut of our Fresh Ideas series features a discussion with Stephanie Merrill of Conservation Council of New Brunswick and Jennifer West of Ecology Action Centre moderated by David Minkow.