Call for Presentation Proposals

In 2013, Weekend for Rivers is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act by focusing on The Value of Water.  We want to know why YOU value water!

In 2013, we not only want you to attend our annual river celebration event – we want you to participate! This is your opportunity to share any of the myriad reasons you appreciate the rivers and streams closest to your heart.  And we want you to express it in any way you like, with a speech, photography, poetry, music, art…the possibilities are endless!  The only rule: no boring Power Points!

About the Presentations
We welcome everybody to submit a proposal to put your expertise, ideas, stories and talents on display! Are you a scientist or student researching something interesting about Georgia’s rivers? Do you have a business that uses interesting technologies to protect rivers and water? Are you a historian with a unique historical or cultural perspective on water in Georgia?   If you know about something cool you want to share, we really want to hear about it!  More ideas (start writing your proposal when one of these hits a nerve!):  natural or cultural history of our rivers, current policy or political issues, water monitoring, paddling, the story of how a river or stream—or water in general--has just inspired or shaped you in a significant way.  Weekend for Rivers is a positive, exciting, accepting atmosphere where we let each other know about our experiences and inspire and empower each other by sharing them.

Weekend for Rivers will take place on April 6-7, 2013 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, Georgia.  Presentations will take place on April 6th. Your talk or performance should be between 6-18 minutes in length and the material you’re presenting should be accessible to a general audience—if you’re not sure if you’re getting too technical, imagine trying to explain your topic to the person sitting next to you on an airplane.  We’re modeling this portion of Weekend for Rivers after the popular TED Conferences, so take a look at some of those presentations for an idea of what we’re looking for:

Submit a Proposal
So, what are you waiting for? Let us know about those stories, songs, ideas and artwork!  To submit a proposal to present at Weekend for Rivers, please send a brief personal biography and no more than 500 word description of the presentation you plan to give and how long you expect your presentation to take.  In addition, if there are visual images or music that goes along with your presentation, please feel free to send along images, video, music files—whatever is going to give us a better idea of the substance of your presentation.   And again, be creative! The sky’s the limit!

Registration costs will be discounted to $25 for the whole weekend for presenters.  The weekend includes Saturday presentations, a great party and a day-long paddle on the Chattahoochee on Sunday. For more information on Weekend for Rivers, see below.

Deadline for proposals: Monday, December  17th, 2012
Submit all proposals to Jesslyn Shields at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

So put Weekend for Rivers on your calendar and look for registration to open mid-January, 2013!

About Weekend for Rivers
Join Georgia River Network on April 6-7, 2013 for Weekend for Rivers, our annual Conference and River Celebration! The 2-day storytelling, partying and paddling event will be held at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, Georgia.

Weekend for Rivers gives us all a chance each year to get together and celebrate Georgia’s unique, beautiful rivers as a community of aficionados and advocates. Saturday, April 6th will be a day of inspiration, education and connections with folks who are as passionate about Georgia’s rivers as you are.  The day will include a series of short presentations and interactive forums that will paint a broad picture of the state of Georgia’s rivers and the people who work every day to protect and honor them, and this year we’re including a track focused on river issues and policies as well. We will be issuing a call for proposals October 31st, so start thinking about something you’d like to share.  We’d love to include you in our presenters at next year’s Weekend for Rivers, so keep in mind that you’ll be able to submit a proposal between October 31 and December 17, 2012.

And to top off a day of inspiring presentations, join us for our annual River Celebration Party—you can come whether or not you can attend the rest of the weekend! That night, there will be an opportunity camp at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, wake up the next morning and paddle stretch of the beautiful Chattahoochee River!  So put Weekend for Rivers on your calendar and look for registration to open mid-January, 2013!