|Abstract or Summary
- The Columbia River Treaty has been in effect for over 45 years, but its future is uncertain. Starting in 2014, Canada and the United States will have the opportunity to announce ten years’ notice for termination of the current arrangement. As this artificial deadline approaches, stakeholders are working to determine future scenarios for the shared management of the Columbia. The success of these scenarios is contingent upon a comprehensive understanding of the “basket of benefits” in the Columbia Basin. Accordingly, the stakeholders in a basin must have meaningful dialogue that goes beyond positions to identify the underlying values and interests in the basin. For facilitators, this requires the development of a process for constructive engagement that facilitates mutual understanding and respect. Media, such as documentary films, are one channel for expressing values, interests, and positions that can potentially influence recipients' understanding of the issue. I plan to test the effectiveness of documentary media as a facilitation tool in the Columbia River Basin (CRB) to examine whether it facilitates understanding, promotes constructive dialogue, and sparks brainstorming of new scenarios for the basin. I will create a documentary film that integrates facilitative techniques, encouraging the viewer to elaborate and learn from the different values. I will give surveys before and after the documentary viewing (at the next CRB Symposium in autumn 2011) and analyze the data to determine whether the film influenced the cooperation variables. This study can shed light on the potential of integrating dynamic media into water resource facilitation, which in turn can help facilitators and water resource professionals fine-tune facilitation techniques.