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Creating Regional Connections & Building Capacity

 

NRLI EventCRI's Center for Research and Practice held two events at the end of 2012 which brought practitioners together to collaborate and discuss the future for their field on a local and regional level. November hosted the Building Capacity for Collaboration in Natural Resources Symposium and Summit in partnership with Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute. This event brought together leading practitioners and efforts in the state of Colorado to showcase their work, explore the shape of a possible Colorado NRLI as well as to identify potential Colorado organizational and institutional partners.

In December, the Cross-Community Working Group co-hosted by Building Bridges (formerly known as Seeking Common Ground) facilitated a group of organizations based in Denver working with youth and youth-workers in inter-group conflict, anti-discrimination awareness, cross-cultural awareness and peacebuilding. This event allowed the organizations to share best practices, identify opportunities for partnership between the organizations and to explore the value of a continuing professional network.

Dr. Frank Dukes with the University of VirginiaBuilding Capacity for Collaboration in Natural Resources Symposium & Summit - November. 15 & 16, 2012
In November 2012, DU's Conflict Resolution Institute set out to determine whether or not there was a niche to be filled amongst Colorado collaboratives, practitioners, and networks to develop an initiative that increased capacity to tackle the contentious natural resources issues in the state. Dr. Frank Dukes and his colleagues at the University of Virginia's Institute for Environmental Negotiation served as partners in this endeavor by providing invaluable knowledge in best practices and cross-sector collaboration gleaned from their own Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute, which serves as a training and networking experience for those who work with natural resources in their state.

The Building Capacity for Collaboration in Natural Resources Symposium and Summit brought together leading practitioners and efforts in the state of Colorado to showcase their work, explore the shape of a possible Colorado NRLI, as well as to identify potential Colorado organizational and institutional partners. Information on specific needs, goals, and resources was collected and collaborators are currently working to shape a pilot program.

Cross-Community Working Group in Partnership with Building Bridges - December 7, 2012
In conjunction with Building Bridges (formerly Seeking Common Ground), CRI hosted a Cross-Community Working Group at the University of Denver which invited organizations based in Denver working with youth and youth-workers in inter-group conflict, anti-discrimination awareness, cross-cultural awareness, and peacebuilding to share best practices, identify opportunities for partnership between the organizations and to explore the value of a continuing professional network. Organizations present included; Building Bridges, PeaceJam, Facing History and Ourselves, Bold Leaders and Challenge Day—Denver Office. Leaders from within these organizations gathered for an all-day session to describe and share their experiences with one another and to discuss topics of shared interest such as alumni relations and engagement, resource allocation, and organizational collaboration. One of the main outcomes of the meeting is that this discussion should become more frequent and intentional as the cross-community working group attempts to collaborate more in the future.

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