Subject Expertise: People & Communities
(2007) The trainings assisted government officials in understanding the possibilities for using collaborative processes in community-wide disputes and public policy situations. In addition, the trainings broadened the capacity of local mediators to facilitate public policy disputes and situations. Working with local mediation centers, the organizers from IEN invited to these regional trainings public officials, the business community, community nonprofits, and religious leaders from the region to participate in a half-day session designed for the public. IEN trained the mediators for a day... Continue reading →
(2011) IEN designed and facilitated a curriculum workshop at Virginia Tech. We worked with the co-Program Directors to develop an agenda that will address participant issues, and developing a synthesis of the workshop results and follow-up actions. The first workshop will identified key learning objectives, ways to enhance student outcomes, and resources needed and available. The second workshop gave give these concepts “legs” by translating them into a functional, skeletal curriculum.
(2004) Communities throughout Virginia face many complex challenges such as water supply, transportation, affordable housing, community safety, and growth. Too often efforts to address these problems fail because individuals and agencies are working in isolation from one another. Public officials and civic-minded community members find few forums that bring people together to seek common and higher ground; indeed, the formal structure of public hearings and judicial and administrative appeals often exacerbates rather than resolves conflict. Utilizing a... Continue reading →
(2000) During its second year, the Virginia Water Monitoring Council (VWMC) began a strategic planning process and identified near-term goals for the organization. The VWMC developed working committees, organized and initiated an on-going inventory of water-monitoring activities in the state, and developed a survey to determine the needs of organizations involved in monitoring throughout the state. IEN facilitated this Strategic Planning process.
One of the United States’ most beautiful places is also the home of one of its most shameful episodes. Bainbridge Island, home to some twenty-three thousand people, has gorgeous views of Mt. Rainier, the Seattle skyline, and the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. On March 30, 1942, 227 Bainbridge Island men, women and children of Japanese ancestry – more than half of whom were United States citizens – began their long trek into betrayal, as they left the island under armed guard to what was for them an unknown destination. These were the first of more than 120,000 citizens and immigrants... Continue reading →
(2003 - 2004) IEN worked with ICMA to develop and conduct a webcast on \"Collaborative Problem Solving and Consensus Building: Effective Approaches for Watershed Protection and Restoration\" (April 2004); this was followed by a 2-day workshop in New Orleans on the same topic (November 2004).
(2003) Based on the success of the VNRLI program, a partnership among the IEN, Virginia Tech and the Virginia Department of Forestry developed a new multistate Natural Resource Leadership Institute for the southeast. Funded in large part by the U.S. Forest Service, participation was opened to 13 states and 1 territory that comprise the USFS southeastern region. The SE-NRLI program was developed to focus on emerging regional issues and strategies for collaborative problem solving and conflict resolution. Anyone involved with regional environmental and land use issues in the southeast may... Continue reading →
(2002) The IEN was asked to design and facilitate a process for engaging citizens in the five counties to develop a Heritage Tourism map, which would include historical, cultural and environmental sites, events, and facilities that will entice heritage tourists to see and do more in the region. An IEN team of Tanya Denckla and Karen Firehock, assisted by Wanda SanJule, developed stakeholder “Heritage Tourism teams” in each of the five counties. These teams developed categories for possible heritage tourism sites and events, and criteria for narrowing and prioritizing. After the Teams... Continue reading →
(1994 - 2001) With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the IEN helped to find ways of navigating around the devastating cuts suffered by tobacco farming families, while mitigating the harm caused by tobacco products. During this process, farmers, health advocates, and community development advocates reached agreements about the uses of funding from the settlement announced between the tobacco companies and the states. In Virginia, these discussions produced legislation as farmers and health advocates joined together in an unprecedented alliance to craft a plan to fund... Continue reading →
(1999-2000) The courts serving the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County are outgrowing their current space, particularly the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court which needs immediate expansion of facilities. IEN staff worked with the Steering Committee assembled for this process to design and facilitate the public involvement meetings. The three meetings have been used to elicit community values, preferences, and ideas for siting and designing the new courts complex. Challenges included assessing historic preservation, economic impacts, public access, and ensuring a design... Continue reading →