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Facilitation & Conflict Resolution Projects

Blue Lagoon Restoration & Sustainable Community Development (SCD) in Jamaica – Sustainability Now, 2105 Main St., Napa, CA 94559 (December 2009 – November 2010). The Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) collaborated with Warren Flint and Sustainability Now, a non-profit organization from the United States of America. Seven months of research and collaborative partner building, highlighted by the presentation of the Blue Lagoon Conceptual Plan to the Ontario International Development Agency entitled "Blue Lagoon Heritage Concept Plan"at their “Summer Congress 2010” by team member, Adrienne Duperly, was capped by a “Jump-Team” 10 day assessment of SCD in Jamaica involving an on-the-ground program of public consultation, group dialogue, visioning, and strategic brainstorming with Government Agencies and stakeholder groups from the Blue Lagoon area, as well as the larger Portland Parish bioregion. We had dialogue with more than 200 community stakeholders. The week of community consultation was concluded with the Blue Lagoon Restoration & Sustainable Community Development Summit (2010) held at the Goblin Hill Hotel Conference Center on Saturday, November 20, 2010. A total of 78 people attended the Summit, which included community stakeholders and government officials. Sectors represented by Summit participants included fisherman, rafters, farmers, market vendors, small business operators, transportation drivers, domestic service providers, hotel managers, wealthy property owners, government representatives (parish and national), environmental managers, elected officials, chamber of commerce directors, human right activists, crafts people, artists, resort property directors, attorneys, conservationists, physicians, media, wildlife managers, peace corps volunteers, teachers, youth, regional planners, and architects. The Team was able to obtain community perspectives on needed socio-economic improvements and environmental management for communities in Portland. This information coupled with the issues of concern and potential solutions offered by Summit participants provided the Portland SCD Jump-Team with sufficient data to integrate into the design of “Next Steps” for Portland toward Blue Lagoon Restoration and Sustainable Community Development of surrounding towns and villages. Contact: Ms. Valerie Facey, The Mill at Manor House, 184A Constant Spring Rd. P.O. Box 167, Kingston 8, Jamaica West Indies – e-mail: valequest@gmail.com – Tel. 876-925-6886 or Ms. Beverly Boos, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA – e-mail: bkboos@fas.harvard.edu – Tel: 617-947-7972.

Kayak Point Park Community Visioning, Snohomish County, WA (2009-2010). Served as lead facilitator in designing and conducting public participation activities directed at community visioning and action strategy planning for habitat protection, coastal & beach restoration, and facilities improvement of a Park on the Puget Sound. Worked with Snohomish County Parks & Recreation (WA), the Snohomish County Marine Resources Committee, and the NGO, People for Puget Sound (Seattle, WA). Employed Technology of Participation and Pattern Mapping facilitation tools to assist stakeholders in identifying their core values related to the Park and articulating their vision for sustainable development of the Park over the next 20 years that would promote sound environmental protection, multiple recreational uses, equitable public access to the Puget Sound, and restoration policies compatible with the larger Sound ecosystem. Provided scientific support to facilitate public dialogue in defining and assessing specific action strategies that simultaneously considered ecological, social, and economic issues related to coastal marine habitat restoration and facilities improvement. Contact: Ms. Sharon Swan, Senior Park Planner, Snohomish County Parks & Recreation, 6705 Puget Park Dr., Snohomish, WA 98296 – e-mail: Sharon.swan@co.snohomish.wa.us – Tel: 425-388-6616; Mr. Jamie Wine, Community Educator, People for Puget Sound, 911 Western Ave., Suite 580, Seattle, WA 98104 – e-mail: jwine@pugetsound.org – Tel: 206-382-7005.

Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable, Washington, DC (2003-2009). Serve on the Steering Committee of the Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable (SWRR) whose mission is to promote exchange of water resource information and sustainability indicator measures among government, industry, professional, public interest, and academic groups. I Serve as a member and advisor of a task force convened to examine the criteria that define sustainable water resources for the United States. The task force is comprised of governmental officials, industry representatives, non-profit organizations, academicians, and consultants that meet regularly to synthesize and integrate data relative to the sustainability of surface and groundwater resources. I contribute through meeting planning, research on water indicators, facilitation of workgroups and large meetings, and 4 peer-reviewed publications including: The Sustainable Development of Water Resources; Water resource sustainable management: Thinking like a watershed; Chesapeake Bay: The Opportunity for Integrated Solutions, pg. 26-31. In: Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable Report; and Missouri River Basin: Need for Sustainable Management, pgs. 32-39. In: Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable Report. Contact: Dr. David Berry, Washington, DC.tel: (703) 741-0791. e-mail: davidberry@aol.com or Mr. John Wells, Minnesota Environ. Quality Bd., St. Paul, MN 55155. tel: (651) 201-2475. e-mail: john.wells@state.mn.us.

NW Diversity Learning Series: Colliding over politics: Are we so divided? (July 2008). Contracted by AmericaSpeaks and the GilDeane Group to facilitate sessions intended to transform some of the most strident diversity tensions we as a society face in our organizations and our communities in order to enhance people’s ability to distinguish between core values and political issues and to communicate effectively with colleagues based on these distinctions. Contact: Barbara Deane, The GilDeane Group, Inc, 13751 Lake City Way NE Suite 210, Seattle, WA, 98125-8612. tel. (206) 362-0336. e-mail: gil7deane@earthlink.net. or Dr. Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, President, AmericaSpeaks, 1050 17th Street, NW Suite 701, Washington, DC 20009-1404. tel: 202-775-3939 x 1005. e-mail: cjl@americaspeaks.org.

Strategic Planning for the Town of Dauphin Island (AL) to Attain Sustainable Economic Development & Environmental Protection (January - December 2007). Five E's Unlimited assisted the Town of Dauphin Island in developing a long-term strategy and implementation plan for community development that created a more hazard resistant community able to balance economic development with environmental protection and conservation. Our consultant services included (1) reviewing existing documents and statutes applicable to future development, (2) providing stakeholder sustainability awareness and inventorying all stakeholder place-based interests, values, practices, and future vision, (3) conducting community asset identification via public consultation processes, (4) developing visual frameworks of historical and current conditions that could influence changes in environment, community development, and cultural views, (5) planning and designing management strategies through public participation, including the visualization of possible futures and related timelines for progress, and (6) promoting implementation of a sustainable management strategy and measurement processes. During the final phases of the project we worked collaboratively with the Planning Commission and others in identifying how this strategic planning process could be integrated into the Island’s Comprehensive Plan. This project was summarized in a recent publication entitled "Seeking Resiliency in the Development of Sustainable Communities." The Dauphin Island project was recently recognized as a finalist in the IAP2 2009 Project of the Year Award. This international recognition was related to the project's diversity and breadth of sustainable strategic planning, as well as promotion of successful public participation. Funding for this work came from the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium; the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; and the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program. Consultant partners in this contract included Gene Martin of the University of Washington, Seattle WA and Mary Mullins of the Bellwether Group, Mobile, AL. Contact: Ms. Nannette Davidson, Planning Commission, Town of Dauphin Island, AL 36528. tel: (251)861-5525, ext. 25. e-mail: ndavidson@townofdauphinisland.org.

Cultural Tourism DC, Washington, DC (July 2004). Provided group facilitation for a group of 25 workshop participants representing different organizations and governmental agencies in Washington DC that work to promote cultural tourism. Used Technology of Participation (ToP) methods to facilitate the efforts of workshop participants in strategic planning toward the implementation of policies and actions that would grow cultural tourism in the Shaw area of inner-city Washington, DC. Contact: Ms. Kathryn Smith, Executive Director, Cultural Tourism DC, 1250 H Street, NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20005. tel: (202) 661-7581. e-mail: ksmith@culturaltourismdc.org.or Ms. Lori Dobson, Project Manager, Cultural Toursim Dc, 1250 H Street, NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20005. tel: (202) 626-1149. e-mail: ldobson@culturaltourismdc.org.

Shaw Main Streets, Washington, DC (January - October 2004). Provided group facilitation services to Shaw Main Streets, a community-based, non-profit organization devoted to the commercial revitalization of the 7th and 9th Street corridors of Northwest Washington, DC. Facilitated the work of volunteer committees using Technology of Participation (TOP) and Appreciative Inquiry (AI) methods to develop projects that would promote economic revitalization and equitable community development in an historic, culturally diverse area of the District’s urban environment. Designed and conducted several Open Space Technology workshops to obtain community-wide input on Shaw Main Street’s programming for its 5 year strategic plan. Contact: Mr. Matthew B. Comstock, Chair, Board of Directors, Shaw Main Streets, Inc., 638 Q Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. tel: (202) 942-0156: (202) 365-0911 (cell). e-mail: comstockm@sec.gov.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), Washington, DC (January 2003). Served as a technical facilitator/mediator to CAST. Provided design and facilitation to three breakout sessions of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology’s Workshop on "Biotechnology-Derived Perennial Turf and Forage Grasses: Criteria for Evaluation" held in January 2003. Led the dialogue of more than 100 workshop participants discussing the state-of-the-art and possible criteria to be used for evaluating environmental safety and potential benefits and risks of these grasses relative to traditional varieties. Contact: Ms. Cindy Lynn Richard, Program Coordinator, Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), 505 Capitol Court, NE, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20002. tel: (202)675-8333; ext. 12. e-mail: crichard@cast-science.org.

St. Peter’s Parish Council, Washington, DC (June 2003 & June 2004). Assisted the 15 member St. Peter’s Parish Council in their development of a community vision, as well as programmatic goals for the Parish over the next 5 years using Technology of Participation methods. Followed this effort with the facilitation of a parish-wide workshop (27 participants) that employed Open Space Technology (OST) for participants to identify new programs for implementation over the next five years. Contact: Ms. Susan DePlatchett, Professional Development Schools Coordinator, 2304A Benjamin Building, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20772. tel: (301) 474-0866. e-mail: susandep@comcast.net.

Sustainable DC (SDC), Washington, DC (September 2001 - January 2004). Served as a facilitator for this non-profit organization in the conduct of several different activities. Facilitated several Board of Director’s workshops on strategic planning efforts. Also designed and facilitated a community workshop hosted by Sustainable DC where 47 community stakeholders explored the value of employing sustainable development to plan and implement public works projects in Washington, DC. Developed the format and agenda for a series of "Sustainability Dialogue" forums held in the Spring-Summer of 2001 by SDC and facilitated their conduct. Contact: Dr. Mark Starik, School of Business & Public Management, Environmental and Social Sustainability Initiative (ESSI), George Washington Univ., 203 Monroe Hall, Washington, DC 20052. tel: (202) 994-5621. e-mail: essi@gwu.edu. or Ms. Janet Bearden, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. tel: (202) 564-6245. e-mail: bearden.janet@epa.gov.

National Council for Science and the Environment, Washington, DC (2002-2003). Designed and facilitated two-day Conference Workshop on "Sustainable Communities" to gather collective participant agreement on the science and information delivery needs required to advance concepts of sustainable communities via National Science Foundation research initiatives and Federal Legislation proposals. Contact: Dr. David Blockstein, Senior Scientist, National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), 1101 17th St. NW, Suite 250, Washington, DC 20036. tel: (202) 207-0004. e-mail: david@cnie.org.

Heartland Center for Leadership Development, Lincoln, NE (September 1998 - January 2000). Facilitated community training programs for community capacity building, telecommunications and information technology, land-use planning and sustainable development, and conflict resolution for the Kellogg Foundation funded Managing Information in Rural America (MIRA) Program. Contact: Ms. Vicki Luther, MIRA Program Director, Heartland Center, Lincoln NE 68508. tel: (402) 474-7667. e-mail: lbv229@aol.com.

Creede/Mineral County Chamber of Commerce, Creede, CO (January 2000). Provided community conflict training in the San Luis Valley of Colorado, during 2000. I worked with seven communities in southern Colorado, as part of the Kellogg Foundation's Managing Information in Rural America (MIRA) Program, to explore areas of conflict resolution toward developing sustainable economic development that guaranteed natural resource and diverse community cultural protection. Contact: Ms. Liz Ebel-Louth, Executive Director, Creede/Mineral County Chamber of Commerce, Creede, CO 81130. tel: (719) 658-2374. e-mail: creede@amigo.net.

South Mountain Area MIRA Community Cluster (MS), Duck Hill, MS (December 1999). Work involved Community Development Programming through training and workshops on managing change in communities, using telecommunications technology, community capacity building, geographic information systems, and the conduct of community-based research. Contact: Ms. Drustella White, Coordinator, 307 Main St., Duck Hill, MS 38925. tel: (662) 565-2478. e-mail: alfowhite@aol.com.

Warren County (IA) Economic Development Corporation, Indianola, IA (June 1999). Contracted services included telecommunications technology training and environmental consulting on sustainable agriculture design, problem-solving for smart economic development issues, and rural land-use assessment. Guided rural sustainability by design of integrative strategies for social, economic, and ecologic concerns. Assisted in evaluation of land-use and urban sprawl related to an adjacent metropolitan region. Contact: Ms. Susan Judkin, R/CPDF Project Manager, IA Department of Economic Development, Des Moines, IA 50309. tel: (515) 242-4780. e-mail: Susan.Judkins@ided.state.ia.us.

New River Valley MIRA Community Cluster (VA), Blacksburg, VA (November 1998). Work involved facilitating community capacity development and training in telecommunications use. Contact: Mr. Andy Morikawa, MIRA Steering Committee, 1505 Westover Dr., Blacksburg, VA 24060. tel: (540) 951-0090. e-mail: andym@swva.net.

State of Louisiana, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, Thibodaux, LA (1993-1994). Served as the prime contractor for facilitating the development of this large program's draft Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP). Designed and facilitated an 18-month public consultation project seeking collective input of over 100 stakeholders (citizens, scientists, businesses, and governmental representatives). Assisted investigation of environmental and socio-economic issues related to protection of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) system and deemed important in developing a comprehensive strategic plan for resource conservation and economic development. Coordinated stakeholder proposals for integrated coastal zone management in accordance with the provisions of NEPA and Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) standards. The facilitation and mediation work were especially challenging because of the adversity that existed among different stakeholders regarding property rights, environmental protection, and economic development. Conflict resolution was often the tactic required to carry this work to its successful completion of compiling a draft Plan document. Contact: Mr. Kerry St. Pe', Nicholls State Univ., Thibodaux LA 70301. tel: (800) 259-0869. e-mail: kerry@btnep.org.

The Town of Exmore, Exmore, VA (January - August, 1997). Provided contracted services as a planning consultant to the Virginia Eastern Shore Town of Exmore (USA) in their preparation of a Five Year Comprehensive Plan. Facilitated community organizing and public participation in revision of the Town's existing plan and wrote the final document. Provided information technology training and conflict resolution in support of the Town's public hearing process toward the implementation of plan proposals. Contact: Mr. David Scanlan, Town of Exmore, Town Council, P.O. Box 647, Exmore, VA 23350. tel: (757) 442-3114.

Evaluation of Toxic Chemical Exposure in the Great Lakes, SUNY at Buffalo, NY (1989–91).. Served as project manager for a bi-national inquiry into the human health risk from exposure to toxic chemicals in the Canada-US Great Lakes Basin. Designed and facilitated an 18 month scientific inquiry by 85 international scientists, governmental officials, industry representatives, tribal council elders, and community group members on the topic of human health risk from exposure to toxic chemicals in the Great Lakes. Achieved inclusive stakeholder participation, designed the workshop framework, and served as lead-facilitator in the multidisciplinary assessment to identify present knowledge and make recommendations to achieve better protection of the ecosystem and human health, following NEPA guidelines and bi-lateral agreements with Canada under the Clean Water Act. Designed the public/scientific consultation process and facilitated key forums that focused upon remediating conflict and developing consensus. I edited a monograph on the results of seeking consensus among the various stakeholder groups, Human Health Risks From Chemical Exposure: The Great Lakes Ecosystem published in 1991, that still serves as a reference to the Canada-US International Joint Commission. Contact: Dr. Farrell Boyce, 10675 Madrona Dr., North Saanich, BC, V8L 5L8 Canada. tel: (250) 656-7953. e-mail: fmboyce@shaw.ca or Dr. John Vena, Social And Preventive Medicine, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208. tel: (803) 777-7333. e-mail: jvena@sc.edu. or Barry B Boyer, Professor of Law, University at Buffalo, NY 14260. tel: (716) 645-3989. e-mail: boyer@acsu.buffalo.edu.

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