Subject Expertise: People & Communities
(2014) The Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension offers an annual day-long workshop on leadership that features an author and a skill-building training related to the author’s area of expertise. For the 2014 workshop, IEN’s Frank Dukes was approached to provide a presentation about his book,Reaching for Higher Ground, and to develop a skill-building training related to these concepts. Dukes worked with colleague Tanya Denckla Cobb to deliver a dynamic, interactive training in which participants worked on ways to better engage their own communities in reaching for higher ground.
(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 →
(2007) This project is networked Maryland court officials, local government officials, and community leaders with community mediators and private practice mediators. IEN provided the training in consensus building and collaboration for the group to help the government officials and mediators work collaboratively on community problem solving.
(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 →
(2005-2006) This set of workshops brought stakeholders together for collaborative planning of off-highway vehicle routes on National Forest lands. Workshops took place in, Missoula, MT, Flagstaff, AZ, Albuquerque, NM, Sacramento, CA, Steamboat Springs, CO, Salt Lake City, UT, and Bend OR. The training responded to a new US Forest Service travel planning rule that requires all National Forests to designate trails and routes and open spaces that are and are not open to motorized vehicles. IEN provided training in collaborative planning for the stakeholders representing different user groups... Continue reading →
(2005) In May 2005, IEN was invited by the National Preservation Institute to develop a training for people who manage projects involving historical preservation and natural resources, including SHPOs, Transportation agencies, Business, Environmental nonprofits, and others. The 3-day training builds capacity for conflict resolution, negotiation and consensus building in projects involving the Section 106 and NEPA regulatory frameworks.
(1999-2005) Funded by Hewlett Foundation, the IEN coordinated a national research and outreach network to evaluate the potential value of CBCs, specifically how they do, and do not, satisfy the needs of communities, agencies, and organizations involved in protecting and managing natural resources. A \"Community-based collaborative\" is essentially a committee of stakeholders that seeks consensus agreements for management of a specific natural resource, most typically federally-owned lands. These collaboratives are gaining in popularity among communities who benefit from and utilize these... Continue reading →
(2005) IEN facilitated a strategic planning retreat for VAPSS board members and prepared a summary report of the VAPSS strategic plan. In preparation, IEN conducted interviews and prepared an assessment of issues.
(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).