Podcasts for CBI/Assabet River Project

Oct 23, 2010 Comments Off
The Ben Smith Dam

The Ben Smith Dam along the Assabet river. Source: the OAR website

The Organization for the Assabet River (OAR) in Massachusetts asked the Consensus Building Institute (CBI) to facilitate a series of workshops and meetings in local communities to build a shared understanding of the science, planning, and policy issues concerning the river and its future. When it facilitated public stakeholder meetings, CBI invited participants to briefly speak with a CBI staff member about what they valued about the river.

CBI and Adroit led and recorded these informal conversations with just a microphone and a laptop. Adroit edited and distilled over an hour of these audio recordings into a short mp3 file that was posted on the CBI and OAR websites to help inform the public planning discussion about the river”s future—especially in regards to dam construction and pollution—with a sense of what the community values and uses the river for.

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