Community

There is a growing movement of people and organizations behind the Great Lakes Commons.

If you or your organization would like to be considered part of the Great Lakes Commons Map community, please get in touch and we will gladly add you to this page. The Great Lakes Commons organization has built an extensive list of supporters to date.
 
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Below is the community that have inspired this project so far.

Ushahidi powers this site with their open source mapping software and it was Patrick Meier (Ushahidi’s Director of Crisis Mapping & Partnerships) who stirred us to apply crisis mapping to the Great Lakes. Ushahidi was developed with citizen journalists in Kenya and is a Swahili word for ‘testimony’.

The Council of Canadians encourages civic education and activism around public-interest issues in general and water and the Great Lakes in particular. Their work around water charts the issues and directions for a Water Commons. Please read their report Our Great Lakes Commons: A People's Plan to Protect the Great Lakes Forever and watch Blue Gold: World Water Wars.

Mother Earth Water Walk moves us to honour the water and feel its presence in our lives. The modern Commons principles are adapted from First Nation’s Great Law that entrusts our common heritage and inheritance with the land, water, and other species of the earth. The Sacred Water community is alive and well.
 
On The Commons educates us about what a Commons is and supports the Council of Canadians work on the Great Lakes Commons. From their website they write:
We believe it is possible to remember, imagine and create a society that goes beyond the constructs and confines of individual ownership. To work on the commons is to work to enliven the deep and ancient memory we all hold of egalitarian and reciprocal relationship, of belonging, of authentic community and of love, wonder and respect for the natural world.

Jay Walljasper wrote All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons and Treehugger Radio interviewed him to give us a clearer understanding of what the Commons concept really is. An excellent listen.

TV Ontario celebrates Canada Water Week and UN World Water Day and features a lineup of water-themed programs and online activities that examine political, economic and environmental issues surrounding water quality and availability. Hours of quality water education.

Ecologos runs many water-themed education and action programs through their Water Alive Campaign.

Food & Water Watch advocates for common sense policies that will result in healthy, safe food and access to safe and affordable drinking water. Everyone is dependent on shared resources like clean water, safe food and healthy oceans.

Canadian Geographic’s Protect Your Watershed guide is full of vital information for understanding water issues and taking action.

Otesha is a bike-touring, green learning, and creative performing organization for youth to connect with communities across Canada about sustainability. Last summer the Commons Map founder, Paul Baines, bike-toured around Lake Ontario to connect and collect stories and toured with Otesha in 2008.

Lake Ontario Waterkeeper is a Canadian charity working for a swimmable, drinkable, fishable world. The Waterkeeper Alliance has declared the Great Lakes a Shared Commons.
 

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