Three organizations are working in a variety of ways to improve the health of the Columbia River Basin ecosystem: the Columbia River Inter-tribal Fish Commission is improving salmon habitat throughout the basin by working with local tribes and local, state and federal agencies who manage infrastructure on the Columbia River; Columbia River Treaty Symposium is building stakeholder relationships transboundary between groups in the United States and Canada to prepare for a reevaluation of the Columbia River Treaty; and Meyer Memorial Trust is improving the health of the Willamette River in Oregon and a key urban tributary of the Columbia River. A big challenge each of these organizations face is how to synthesize scientific information and traditional tribal knowledge into a format that will allow tribal leaders and scientists to educate government and community stakeholders.
- Colibri Facilitation created “live” graphic recordings of all scientific and tribal knowledge presentations so people could see how information is related, identify gaps and potential opportunities embedded within the information presented at several events sponsored by the organizations listed above.
- Colibri Facilitation provided verbal summaries of the information captured at the end of each event to help attendees retain more of the information.
- Colibri Facilitation made digital copies of all illustrations to help attendees use the information to get widespread support for ideas, solicit feedback, build shared understanding.
- Visual information has been archived so people can access the information at a later time to compare with and integrate into new information.
- Honored multiple view points by capturing opposing views on the same piece of people so people can see where positions overlap
- Visual information created opportunities for people to collaborate by identifying where people and organizations have a shared interest
- Identified potential gaps in thinking on specific issues
“The Colibri process is both refreshing and productive, and their expertise makes complex and difficult discussions come alive and move toward shared understanding.”