Thriving Communities Conference 2016: Water and Community

Thu, March 17, 2016 (All day) to Sat, March 19, 2016 (All day)
Clinton, Wash.
Whidbey Institute, 6449 Old Pietila Road, Clinton, WA, 98236, United States

The Salish Sea is our water home in the Northwest. Water is the most precious resource on our planet. What are the conversations your community is having about this endangered resource? How does water integrate a thriving community? How can you help inspire change to take hold in your community?

Water is a vital lifegiving substance for people and ecosystems. Each of us is touched by challenges to clean, safe water. Join leaders from the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, Methow Conservancy, Whidbey Watershed Stewards and Dreamrider Productions for a three-day gathering convened by the Whidbey Institute's Thriving Communities Initiative. Participants will explore innovative models for water conservation and engage in open and active dialogue about possibilities and outcomes in their own community. Toolbox sessions and lessons for implementing change will be included.

About Thriving Communities 2016 Conference featured organizations:

The Dreamrider mission is to build generations of socially and ecologically responsible young citizens through the excitement of live theatre and multimedia. Everything they do is fun, creative, welcoming, meaningful, empowering, and inspiring! Through music, story, theatre and interactive media, they introduce the fundamentals of environmental and social awareness to school-age children, and get them energized about learning, changing their behaviors, and passing that excitement on to their families and communities.

The mission of Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/Technical Advisory Group is to ensure a Duwamish River cleanup that is accepted by and benefits the community and protects fish, wildlife and human health. DRCC/TAG manages outreach and educational programming about the Superfund cleanup and is the successor to the community, neighborhood, environmental, tribal and small business organizations that first came together as EPA’s community advisory group for the site.

The Methow Conservancy’s mission is to inspire people to care for and conserve the land of the Methow Valley, ensuring it will remain a place where future generations can enjoy the rural character and natural beauty we cherish today. They envision the Methow Valley as a place where people care for the land and know that the vibrancy and sustainability of the economy is based on the natural beauty of the surroundings.

Whidbey Watershed Stewards is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation working with the Whidbey Island community to promote watershed stewardship, habitat enhancement, and environmental education for all ages.  They promote nearshore and watershed health by linking water, land, wildlife and people on Whidbey Island through education, research, and restoration. The Whidbey Watershed Stewards is truly a grassroots story of common people doing uncommon work for the common good. A teacher’s vision, a living laboratory for students, and a community collaboration in a natural environment dramatically illustrate our power to positively impact the fragile ecosystem in which we live.


Standard registration is $165.

A discount of 20% OFF tuition is applied to registrations that include 2 or more people from the same organization/community; A Scholarship rate of $95 is available for student and low-income participants; A Catalyst rate of $235 is available for those who can step up to help fund that support. 

Lodging at the Whidbey Institute for both nights of the conference is available for $100 plus tax. You may select lodging during the registration process. Some homestays may also be available in the local community. To make a homestay request or offer a homestay to a fellow participant, please contact Dan –

Meal fees vary according to your selections—your choices will be displayed during the registration process, and you’ll be able to view your total amount due before finalizing your registration. 

Eligibilty: All ages and backgrounds are welcome to attend this event. Government and public representatives, philanthropy leaders and community activists are encouraged to attend. Participants are encouraged to bring at least one other member of their community.  

About the Whidbey Institute's Thriving Communities Initiative

The Whidbey Institute is a 501©(3) non-profit working in the three primary areas of Leadership Transformation, Thriving Communities, and Ecosystem Vitality. The Thriving Communities Initiative is an entirely volunteer-run program of the Institute. Each video we present is given as an outright gift to the organization featured therein, for their use in illustrating their work. We raise money each year to make this possible. None of our work would be possible without your participation and support.

Conference registration fees and tax-deductible donations help fund our ongoing work, and allow us to offer scholarships to participants in financial need. Communities cannot thrive unless all have a voice!

Part of the perpetual challenge of our work is to quantify and make real—intellectually and emotionally—the opportunity that exists when we expand our vision of what can be done in each community. We strive to reveal the vastness of that opportunity, as well as the ways in which change in one place can have a domino effect on communities everywhere. Our task is to make sometimes overwhelming community challenges into community opportunities, and make them accessible to those individuals who are called to make a difference.