Often our best insights come from the act of conversation. We think as we talk, we talk as we think. Hopefully there’s some listening in there too. Through dialogue, we can build upon the insights of others, examine our assumptions, and deepen connections. Dialogue is a big part of what Project Blue Thumb is all […]

On a beautiful fall prairie morning on September 20, 2016, approximately 30 people gathered near the Alberta-Saskatchewan provincial border to discuss our shared waters, upstream and downstream dynamics, and how we might work together across borders. The initial idea for this event came from a Project Blue Thumb participant, Dr. Graham Strickert, from the University […]

In this post, Josée Méthot, the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance’s (RDRWA) Planning Manager, reflects on her month-long residency at the Banff Centre where she explored social innovation in the water sector.  There is a crack in everything That’s how the light gets in. – Leonard Cohen Working in watershed management can sometimes feel like being […]

Over the past 14 months, a diverse (and growing) team of individuals from across sectors has been gathering regularly to design, test, and implement solutions to water challenges in Central Alberta through Project Blue Thumb: Action on Water Quality Issues. In this post, Josée Méthot, the RDRWA’s Watershed Planning Manager, provides an update on the […]

Over the last 13 months, 25 stakeholders representing industry, government and civil society have been participating in Project Blue Thumb – a social innovation lab aimed at maintaining and improving water quality in the Red Deer River Watershed. In this series of posts, team members Milana Simikian and Graham Strickert provide insight into their experience […]