Institute for Engagement & Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions


Mountaintop Mining in Appalachia: Understanding Stakeholders and Change in Environmental Conflict

By E. Franklin Dukes and Susan F. Hirsch (2014: Ohio University Press) Residents of the Appalachian coalfields share a history and heritage, deep connections to the land, and pride in their own resilience. These same residents are also profoundly divided over the practice of mountaintop mining—that is, the removal and disposal in nearby valleys of soil and rock in order to reach underlying coal seams. Companies and some miners claim that the practice has reduced energy prices, earned income for shareholders, and provided needed jobs. Opponents of mountaintop mining argue that it... Continue reading →

Reclaiming Our Food: How the Grassroots Food Movement is Changing What We Eat

Tanya Denckla Cobb (October 2011: Storey Publishing) A quiet revolution is taking place: People across the United States are turning toward local food. Some are doing it because they want more nutritious, less-processed food; some want to preserve the farmland and rural character of their regions; some fear interruptions to the supply of non-local food; some want to support their local economy; and some want safer food with less threat of contamination. But this revolution comes with challenges. Reclaiming Our Food tells the stories of people across America who are finding... Continue reading →

Reaching for Higher Ground

By E. Franklin Dukes, John Stephens, Marina Piscolish (2009: BookSurge Publishing) A hands-on manual for learning the leadership skills that take you beyond compromise to higher ground. In this visionary book, the authors present their challenging, innovative and principled approach to problem solving within groups. Reaching for Higher Ground is filled with the practical information and illustrative examples that group leaders and conflict resolution leaders would need to achieve extraordinary outcomes with any group. Reaching for Higher Ground In conflict... Continue reading →

Linking Theory to Practice: A Theory of Change Model of the Natural Resources Leadership Institute

The Natural Resources Leadership Institute (NRLI), a leadership development program for capacity building in environmental decision-making, cultivates a cadre of leaders who address environmental problems collaboratively and creatively. Describing our theory of change model, this article introduces why and how the NRLI works, the theoretical perspectives that support the NRLI, and the outcomes that result when these theories are put into practice in North Carolina and Virginia. You can download the PDF ... Continue reading →

A Stream Corridor Protection Strategy for Local Governments (UVA, 2002)

This practical guide can help Chesapeake Bay states move toward implementing the many facets of the Chesapeake 2000 Agreement such as the goal of 2,010 more miles of forested buffers by 2010 and a goal of locally devised watershed plans to encompass two thirds of the Bay’s drainage basin. Written in collaboration with local governments, the 63-page handbook contains the cumulative wisdom of the many expert reviewers from across the Bay’s watershed and covers stream protection strategies, tools such as stream buffers and zoning overlays and resources for conducting a protection strategy. The... Continue reading →