Principles of Our Work

Embracing diversity and fostering an inclusive environment.

The Water Forum Successor Effort strives to build a better future for the Sacramento region based on cooperation, collaboration, and collective success.

Water Forum members are asked to make a commitment to the discipline of interest-based problem solving, following the successful process used in developing the Water Forum Agreement. This means having a genuine dedication to seeking common ground and finding solutions that benefit all parties involved. Representatives must be willing to devote the necessary time and effort to this endeavor. We understand that fruitful collaboration requires a significant investment, and we value those who are prepared to make it. Furthermore, participants must be willing to work collaboratively with others.

The Successor Effort relies on the cooperation and collective efforts of all participants. Therefore, Water Forum participants must be willing to listen carefully and engage in open discussions with individuals who hold different opinions. We believe that diversity of perspectives enriches our deliberations and leads to more robust outcomes.

To foster a productive environment, the Water Forum adheres to a set of guidelines that cultivate an atmosphere of mutual respect and constructive dialogue. First, we encourage representatives to approach disagreements as problems to be solved, rather than battles to be won. By adopting a solution-oriented mindset, we can overcome obstacles and find common ground.

Furthermore, we emphasize the importance of avoiding stereotyping and personal attacks on any other representative. We believe in treating each other with dignity and professionalism, focusing on the merits of ideas rather than engaging in personal criticisms. Additionally, representatives are expected to refrain from questioning or impugning the motivations or intentions of their colleagues. Mutual trust and understanding are essential pillars of our collaborative efforts.

Respecting the integrity and values of other stakeholders is a fundamental Water Forum principle. Each individual brings their unique experiences and perspectives to the table, and we value the diversity of backgrounds and ideas. By fostering an inclusive environment, we create opportunities for meaningful collaboration and innovative problem-solving.