From the Director

A Message from the Director

Greetings! We’re pleased that you’ve found the Institute. As we move into our fourth decade, we continue to learn and grow from the work that we do.

Our work on challenging, innovative projects demonstrates our mission: to provide conflict resolution and consensus building services, to learn from our work and that of our colleagues, and to teach and build capacity of others, all in the service of communities that are sustained ecologically, socially, and economically.

While our work takes many forms, it all rests upon core values: inclusion of diverse views, transparency to the public, and respect for and responsiveness to participant needs. Public processes should affirm and support behaviors that build relationships of integrity and trust and decisions that are creative, effective and legitimate.  Conflict can be harmful, but it also provides an opportunity to transform civic disarray into civic responsibility.

We often hear that the public is apathetic. Our experience says otherwise; citizens care deeply about their neighborhoods and communities. People yearn to engage one another productively and safely, to learn the concerns of their neighbors, and to speak their own concerns. We work very hard to provide such opportunities.

We invite you to join us in this effort: browse our website, call us, or come see us to learn more about our work. We would be happy to explore how we may be of service to you.

E. Franklin Dukes, Ph. D., Director