Saturday, April 8, 2017

Potential Applications Beyond Water Settlements for Bonnie Colby's Thirteen Criteria

Bonnie Colby’s thirteen criteria proposed for successful water settlement implementation seemed to focus largely on clear communication between groups, involvement at all stages of implementation, and flexibility. I thought this was interesting because I think open communication and willingness to compromise and be actively involved are all necessary for a lot of agreements, not just water settlements specifically. 

I think it would be interesting to apply these criteria to other types of settlements and to groups other than tribes and see how effective they are. Personally, I think many of the criteria are nonspecific enough to apply to a multitude of scenarios.

1 comment:

  1. Good observation. Contracts, compacts and treaties of all kinds might be strengthen by adhering to the principles she identifies. Perhaps there is a way to empirically test this. Nuclear arms reduction agreements? Trade agreements? Historical treaties with American Indian tribes? Child custody agreements?