The more things change, the more they remain the same?
The Sixth World Water Forum is about upon us! Yes, 30,000 (+ or - 15,000 or so) are about to converge upon Marseille (assuming they could find a hotel room to spend next week tackling the world's water problems and hanging out at the waterfront.
What is the World Water Forum? Read this.
I'm a minor cog in the whole affair - chairing one session and co-chairing another - yet my mailbox is being flooded with last-minute 'important items', like a 63-page guide for session moderators.
I've also gotten a few emails that were certainly not authorized by the 6WWF Secretariat but had used information that had been pirated from the WWW site containing my personal information. I did get some valuable information, such as these announcements/invitations from the Brazilians and Americans:
And the Mexicans sent one, too.
The theme for this meeting is Time for Solutions. An individual or group can post a solution to a water resources problem and see if it gets selected for presentation/praise. I tink over 1000 have been posted.
I posted one but it was not selected so I am crestfallen.
The solutions approach is very good but the problem I see is that it could discourage discussing or downplay learning from failures. People naturally want to talk about successful approaches, and groupos don't want to send their people to talk about failures.
I mentioned this in a post to about 30 people last night, and someone was taken with my comments about the necessity to talk about, and learn from, failure. He wanted to use that in one of his sessions. I sent him a previous post and a link to David Damberger's video. Be my guest!
The last thing I will mention is the most important - the need for the World Water Council, the overarching organization behind these triennial meetings, to commit to performing outcomes assessment (OA). Lacking OA, these meetings run the risk of simply becoming huge networking events - not that such events have no purpose - instead of a series of meetings that build upon previous ones and show real progress in addressing the world's water issues and challenges.
Without concerted OA, it's just more of the SOS.
Nice, logo. BTW, there will be more groundwater.
"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure." - Abraham Lincoln