The Great Lakes Bottom Mapping Working Group (BMWG) is guided by the principles of Collective Impact. Collective Impact is a framework intended to address complex problems through collaboration with multiple organizations working at multiple jurisdictional levels. Essential aspects of the Collective Impact framework include:
- Shared Vision for change
- Common Understanding of the Problem
- Joint Approach to the solution
- Common Data Standards
- Coordination of data collection
- Shared Accountability
- Multiple Perspectives leading to the solution
- Sharing Skill Sets among partners
- Open Communication and Exchange of information
- Building Trust between stakeholders
- Separate support Organizations and Staff dedicated to facilitation
- Coordinate and Convene participating members and organizations
Approach to Collective Impact
- The BMWG has administrative support from a Core Team of Great Lakes Observing System, the USGS Great Lakes Science Center, and the NOAA Office of Coastal Management. The team manages the website, convenes workshops and meetings, and keeps BMW initiatives in motion. A Steering Committee helps to support and guide the Core Team.
- The BMWG maintains open lines of communication with a broad range of stakeholders via the Steering Committee and General Membership. These groups include representatives from state, provincial and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic researchers. The Steering Committee meets quarterly to share updates on ongoing work and discuss needs and opportunities. The General Membership meets annually.
- The BMWG maintains contact with the Bottom Mapping community via a listserv, a website, webinars, and other communication products.
- The BMWG common agenda focuses around the objectives of the organization, as stated above.