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WATCH THE PARKSVILLE WATER STEWARDSHIP SYMPOSIUM ON YOUTUBE: a set of nine videos provide a record of what was shared when close to 200 delegates convened to celebrate success stories, and learn from those who are “improving where we live through restorative development” (April 2019)

“The goal of making the world ‘less worse’ does not go far enough. Rather, we have it within our power to undo previous damage and make the world better,” stated Storm Cunningham. “The first step is to create an ongoing revitalization (or resilience) program, which constantly initiates, perpetuates, evaluates and adjusts local renewal efforts. The first job of that program is to facilitate a shared vision for the future. The second step is to create a strategy to implement that vision. Next, it’s best to do some policy work, adding policies to support that strategy, and removing policies that undermine it.”

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FLASHBACK TO NANAIMO 2018 SYMPOSIUM: “We have created a Star Wars civilization, with Stone Age emotions, medieval institutions and godlike technology,” quoted Bob Sandford during his public lecture titled ‘The Hard Work of Hope – The Answer is in Nature’ (April 2018, watch on YouTube)

“When those who wish to make the world a better place turn to big data and related breakthroughs in deeper communication in support of common understanding of issue such as water and water-related climate concerns, we find that we have arrived too late,’ stated Bob Sandford. “This space has already hijacked by the inevitable forces of power and greed. The public mind is already being heavily manipulated toward other ends. This is also why there has been a widespread resurgence of carefully orchestrated climate denial.”

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FLASHBACK TO NANAIMO 2018 SYMPOSIUM: “Keep working to make your world better. You are engaged with pride, and with joy, in the hard work of hope. And what you are doing offers hope to all,” stated Bob Sandford in his closing observations of what it will take to implement restorative development in the mid-Vancouver Island region and beyond (April 2018, watch on YouTube)

“Streamkeepers and municipalities both have a great deal of unexercised power and capacity to collaborate in the interests of the common good. You have only started; and in so doing, you can move outside the limitations of formal, established governance structures,” stated Bob Sandford. “It is the way to move out from under that, to build new governance pathways. And pathways to real power that can allow you to make change possible in a much shorter period of time. You have proven that, if you change your attitudes, changes in practice follow almost immediately. So, I ask and urge you to carry on.”

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