Day 3 of writing retreat
This was a frustrating day. For a long time I thought that there was a delicious irony in Fiji exporting their boutique bottled product while a good portion of their own population wanted access to clean water. For a long, long time that scene has been in the script. But I realized that Fiji’s problem with access to clean water is not only, or even primarily, the result of privatization and export of their water supply. It probably has more to do with bad government than anything else. Thus, it doesn’t fit my needs at this point in the script. What I need is a case in which water is privatized, resulting in restricted or no access for people. I wanted an example of water being treated as a commodity rather than a commons, or basic right. And examples abound. But it took the entire day to come to terms with this change, and then to read and research the alternatives. So, the train was stuck in the station for most of the day. As I sat, frustrated, I found Fiji’s PR person and follwed him on Twitter. His name is Rob Six, and his Twitter handle is @RobSix. Follow him. He seems like a good guy, if a little enthusiastic about bottled water — which is still a global problem, by the way. More later…..