About Voices for the Lake
Voices for the Lake (VFL) was established in response to an urgent need to connect the public with issues concerning the stewardship identified by the LCBP State of the Lake Report. Established by the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the Leahy Center and funded by the Institute of the Museum of Library Services, the project aims to build community participation through online, exhibit-based and outreach programming. VFL uses social media tools to build a virtual community of people with rich, personal stories about Lake Champlain and its rivers and streams. In collaboration with the Vermont Folklife Center, VFL uses storytelling as a means to move individuals to reflect on their personal connections to water and connect to their communities. With support from the Vermont Department of Libraries, VFL works with watershed communities in both Vermont and New York to help build digital storytelling skills. This community-generated archive of stories is also part of an innovative exhibit at ECHO where visitors can interact with existing stories and contribute their own stories to the project. Please visit our Credits page to learn more about the technology behind this unique open source project.
THE VOICES FOR THE LAKE VISION
- VFL provides a platform for the public to share their experiences with and
perspectives on water. VFL does not control content but provides a forum for
many, diverse voices of the Lake Champlain Basin to collect, interact, and learn
from one another.
- VFL takes the perspective that we have much to learn from the voices of the
public. As an institutional expert and relationship broker, ECHO draws from
VFL to understand the interests and needs of the community and provide
opportunities for individuals to take action in support of lake stewardship.
- VFL believes that technology can be a tool to connect individuals with
similar values, collect diverse perspectives and questions, and to broker
relationships among residents, experts and resources in the field.
- VFL celebrates the diverse values and concerns of the people living in the
Lake Champlain Basin. It invites people to share their voices in a range of
formats--as audio, video, photo or text contributions--to an online archive or
an in-person exhibit. It also encourages contributors to explore, interact and
connect with other voices. These many voices will help determine the future
directions of the Voices For the Lake project.
OUR FUNDER & PARTNERS
OUR MEDIA SPONSOR