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Advancing the water dialogue through leadership
This is an exciting time at the Colorado Foundation for Water Education. Staff and Board just updated our strategic plan. Our work, as called for in our founding legislation, will be guided by a strategy that helps Coloradans make “informed water decisions”.
For me, that means we examine and understand the trade-offs of alternate actions… where civil debate moves the discussion past positions to implementable solutions and uncommon allies work together. Does this resonate with your idea of a sustainable water future?
CFWE’s many upcoming programs epitomize these values. We will soon announce the 8th class of Water Leaders, who will join almost 100 graduates in receiving leadership skills. Just a couple weeks back, we hosted an advanced training for alumni to explore the urgent leadership challenges of our time and how we can collaborate to have the greatest impact. It is one of my greatest privileges to run this program and be surrounded by such thoughtful professionals.
Two of our newest programs are advancing the water dialogue. The Water Educator Network is setting the bar for water education in Colorado where we work with educators statewide to strengthen the amount, quality and effectiveness of water education. These members will convene at a symposium on March 11 in Westminster to showcase their accomplishments and set an ambitious agenda moving forward.
And, you may have heard about CFWE’s inaugural Water Fluency course, which launches this spring to educate local leaders on the implications of water policy and planning decisions to create positive change in their community. Here we’re widening our reach to those who may not see themselves as water decision-makers, but in fact are. Registration opens the first week of March.
These forms of education allow our participants to cross boundaries and appreciate diverse perspectives. I’m hopeful that future generations will benefit from this welcoming environment for conversations about water. Join CFWE in cultivating that vision and let’s have fun doing it! –Kristin [Maharg]
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