Subject Expertise: People & Communities
(2006) This event was prompted by concerns expressed in the book Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv about key disconnects between children and nature within four areas: health, media and culture, education and the urban and built environment. Some 350 educators, health professionals, and conservationists met for this event at the National Conservation Training Center. The meeting included Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, US Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dale Hall, The Conservation Fund's President Larry Selzer, Executive Director of the North American Montessori... Continue reading →
(1999) IEN conducted a one-day workshop/ strategic planning session for the board of the North Carolina Tobacco Control State Coalition. The focus of this session was on creating shared expectations for seeking higher ground in decision-making and resolving conflict among coalition members and leaders.
(1999) IEN worked with the Community Rights Council to conduct a two-day training for local government officials of the Charleston area Council of Governments on land use conflict resolution tools.
(1998) The EPA funded a project that created a partnership among the EPA, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), and the IEN, to examine the question of what is meant by the word \"sustainable.\" The IEN evaluated and computer-coded over 600 grant applications for the EPA Sustainable Development Challenge Grant for analysis by the ELI. The research aimed to elucidate what \"sustainable\" means to grant applicants, and what are common elements of community sustainability as perceived by communities throughout the United States. Can a better definition of community sustainability be developed... Continue reading →
(1998) IEN was asked to facilitate the Virginia Coastal Program's (VCP) first formal strategic planning effort, during which stakeholders were asked to take a fresh look at VCP priorities, at VCP structure, and at how to optimize the protection of coastal resources. This six-month process involved stakeholder interviews, research, meetings with agency stakeholders, and meetings with interest groups with environmental, economic, and local government interests. The IEN developed meeting summaries, an Issues Paper, a Primer on the Virginia Coastal Program, a Themes-Directions-Options paper, and... Continue reading →
(2006 - Present) The National Preservation Institute continues to feature IEN as trainer for three-day intensive seminars on conflict resolution and prevention. Laws and regulations related to cultural and natural resources often require participatory processes that can be mired in conflict and misunderstanding. Projects frequently can be more effectively navigated when stakeholders use collaborative processes to identify and resolve problems during consultation. Through interactive exercises and role plays, participants learn the skills needed to frame the... Continue reading →
(1995) Mediated a multi-party stakeholder task force that was created to deal with contentious proposed mental health insurance legislation.
IEN staff provide frequent assistance to environmental and civic nonprofits as well as to local governments. Strategic planning facilitation has been provided for numerous nonprofits. A few examples include the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Western Virginia Land Trust, the Virginia Conservation Network, the Virginia Water Monitoring Council, the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center, the Blue Moon Fund, and the Archaeological Society of Virginia. Facilitation of public meetings that are anticipated to be difficult is another form of assistance. A few examples include a Culpeper... Continue reading →
(1994 - 1995) IEN served as a convener and facilitator for an innovative project that brought together health advocates and tobacco growing interests in Virginia. Over a sixteen month process, participants discussed various strategies for economic diversification, economic development, and improvements in the production and marketing of tobacco, concluding with a pivotal presentation to the Virginia Joint Legislative Study Subcommittee on Alternative Strategies for Assisting Tobacco Farmers.
(2003) In partnership with Laura Bachle of Confluence Consulting, Frank Dukes and Karen Firehock of IEN designed and offered training in mediation and group facilitation for the City of Baltimore Planning Department in Fall 2003. This initial training, offered over a period of three weeks,was part of a larger project to develop a mediation and consensus building capacity within the Department. The project was funded by the Maryland Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO), and the IEN-Confluence Consulting team was selected in response to a request for proposals. The project goals were as follows... Continue reading →