How To

A simple video overview of the website (note that we've recently changed all mention of 'Reports' to 'Stories')
 
 
 
 
There are two ways to add your stories to Great Lakes Commons Map:


1. By using the Add a Story form.

 
 
 
2. By using the free app made for iPhone & Android. iPhone tutorial below:
 
 

How to make an impact with your Story

If you haven't already explored this site's About, Categories, and Community pages your story might benefit from more context.
 
The purpose of this site is to collect information and stories that demonstrate why the Great Lakes need to be respected and honoured as a Commons. This site is also an education and organizing tool for personal and civic action.
 
The Add a Story form instructs on the practical ways to submit a story and below are some suggested purposes to best mark your voice on the map. Along with clear and purposeful text, multiple videos and photos can enrich your report greatly.
 
A concerned citizen can see, share, or find vital information about the Great Lakes based on their area of interest or location.
 
An educational organization can add the important work they are doing to understand and advance our curiosity and care of the Great Lakes.
 
A citizen's group can find and share events to promote. They can map their concerns about various water issues, campaigns, and success stories.
 
A recreation or sporting group can document their unique connection, use, and knowledge of the Great Lakes basin for fishing, biking, boating, hiking, birding, etc…
 
A government agency can detail important water infrastructure locations and key initiatives to improve people's access to clean and affordable water.
 
All of the above interests and more can use this collaborative map to add to their existing vision of the Great Lakes, while simultaneously building a new one with a growing community of Commons-Makers. 
 
 
If you are wondering what kinds of voices are needed for this this collaborative map of the Great Lakes Commons, here are some suggestions (with more suggestions welcomed through the Connect page):

    •    Blue and Commons communities (Council of Canadian’s project)
    •    municipal water intake, treatment, and release sources
    •    bottled water companies (corporate offices and water bottling plants)
    •    education and advocacy organizations and projects

    •    historical and cultural markers

    •    personal memories
 and connections to water
    •    personal values, concerns, and visions for the Commons
    •    sources of pollution and over-extraction
    •    First Nations sites of struggle and success
    •    places of ecological revitalization
    •    governing water agencies and programs
    •    recreation and sport places of renewal and concern