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The Water Reckoning project was initiated to involve young people, teachers and academics in a creative project which drew on Dorothy Heathcote’s philosophy and strategies. Together the groups have co-constructed a story that responds to a common pre-text. Educational and research sites have been involved from Australia, Greece, Singapore, the USA and the UK. This project has focused on exploring ideas that relate to the UN Year of Water Cooperation in keeping with Heathcote’s concern for using drama to raise awareness about human understanding and experience. For her drama had to be about things ‘that mattered’. Our drama has explored how humans cooperate to share and manage water and deal with situations such as drought or extreme weather events. Research has explored the nature of learnings and understandings that have emerged for participants from the process, including cross-cultural awareness and attitudes towards sustainability issues.