Check out CBT’s Thoughtstream website to see results from our online engagement pilot project.

Thousands participate in Columbia Basin Trust engagement project

Over 10,000 thoughts were generated and grouped under main ideas from Basin residents keen to discuss wide range of issues.

You logged on, you thought, you prioritized. Now Basin residents can visit CBT’s Thoughtstream website to see results from our online engagement pilot project.

Close to 1,400 residents participated in CBT’s Thoughtstream and answered six questions about economic, social and environmental well-being. Over 10,000 thoughts were generated and grouped under main ideas. Participants then assigned stars to those ideas, identifying over 1,800 priorities in total.

Priorities that received the most stars from the most residents were identified as top ideas and grouped into themes to show the major areas of interest across the Basin. Those interests range from land use to affordable housing to local food security and many topics in between.

“We are always looking at ways to improve how we gather input from residents of the Columbia Basin. Online tools such as Thoughtstream are one more way to ensure CBT considers a wide variety of information as we plan for the years to come,” said Neil Muth, CBT President and CEO in a release.

CBT will be inviting public comments on the first draft of its new environmental strategic plan this fall, and is just getting underway with public engagement on the renewal of its social and economic strategic plans.

“As we renew these plans, the more information we can gather about what is important to Basin residents, the better,” said Muth.

Visitors to CBT’s Thoughtstream website can choose to view social, economic and environmental priorities organized into Basin-wide themes or select a region to see priorities identified in that specific geographic area. The website also allows residents to look at any of the original 10,000-plus thoughts and download a report of all results.

“While CBT cannot directly address some of the ideas identified, we can address others and in some cases are already doing so through existing CBT programs,” said Muth.

Information gathered in Thoughtstream will also be available to organizations interested in knowing more about what Basin residents have identified as important.

To learn more about CBT programs and initiatives, visit www.cbt.org or call 1-800-505-8998.

 

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