Subject Expertise: People & Communities
(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 →
(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 →
(1995) Mediated a multi-party stakeholder task force that was created to deal with contentious proposed mental health insurance legislation.
(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.
(1992 - 1993) Working with representatives from the University of North Carolina, local governments, citizen groups, and aviation advocacy organizations, IEN convened a group to address operational and relocation options related to a University-owned airport.
(1992 - 1993) Supported by grants from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and W. Alton Jones Foundation, IEN led a consensus building effort involving a diverse group of stakeholders to advise the Virginia DEQ on developing policy for using the Waste Tire Fund.
(1992) IEN facilitated a series of public meetings involving stakeholder groups working to explore the purposes and uses of a controversial proposed study of the Shenandoah National Park's natural and cultural resources.
National Preservation Institute: Conflict Management & Negotiation Skills for Cultural and Natural Resource Managers
(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 →
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 →