The Institute for Environmental Negotiation (IEN) is a public service organization of the University of Virginia. IEN has over 30 years experience as facilitators and mediators helping public agencies, nonprofits, business groups, and individuals to make public decisions using a collaborative approach. Our mission is empowering communities to create shared solutions.
Our experience has shown that using collaborative processes can lead to fairer and more creative, inclusive, and effective solutions to public issues. When done well, these processes can develop shared understanding, promote reconciliation, identify new solutions, build legitimacy for those solutions, broaden networks, and increase social capital. You can read more about our ethics and principles that guide how we do our work (.docx file).
We invite you to use the search tool below to discover what kind of work we have done in the past, as well as our current projects. If you have work that could benefit from IEN services, please Contact Us.