Giving Voice to Nature

Inviting Gluskabe and the Water Monster into the Room


This case study explores the experience and challenges associated with giving voice to the more-than-human world in a public dialogue focused on water sustainability. Grounded in the Appreciative Inquiry Poetic and Wholeness principles, students from the University of New Hampshire collaborated with local Indigenous residents to design and facilitate a public dialogue anchored in storytelling.


Author: Renee Heath

Renee G. Heath is an associate professor of communication at the University of New Hampshire and the co-founder and co-director of the Civil Discourse Lab. She researches and teaches civil discourse using Appreciative Inquiry as a methodology. 


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