This Sea of work has been cultivated based upon research interests focusing on how people and communities who might not ordinarily come together based on varied interests, do so over shared waters — thinking of water as a collaborative resource and potentially a bridge for peace within communities who have historically been in conflict, and not seen eye-to-eye with one another, perhaps on other socio-economic-political issues such as human rights, environmental justice and women’s empowerment.
It’s been seen worldwide, natural resources such as oil and timber, have not only caused conflict, but the disputes over these resources have resulted in unfortunate causalities
Water, however, differs.
So, the hot question that the media and governments are asking is, “Will there be water wars?”
Dating back some 4,500 years ago within The Fertile Crescent, wherein a life was lost in a water dispute, there have been wars and conflicts surrounding the issue of water, but these instances were not soley based upon nations fighting over water itself.
Because water is in everyone, and is the source of life within everything, water has this interesting transformative capacity to bring people together that no other resource has demonstrated.
The articles and stories shared are explorations of water, and specifically, when working on a team with water, how this action may suggest a transformative effect onto communities and the history of immediate conflicts they face: civil-war, environmental degradation, starvation, disease, and climate change to name a few.
But what I would be most interested in discovering is: “What is your water story?”