The application for the 2018-2019 VNRLI will be posted in early-April. Applications will be due in June. Please see the 2017-2018 schedule below for an example of what topics are covered each session.
Session 1: September 20-22, 2017 - Shenandoah Valley: Foundational communication and dialogue skills, personal leadership habits, structured dialogue, personality styles, conventional and sustainable agriculture, water quality, and environmental justice.
Session 2: November 15-17, 2017 - Virginia Beach: Fundamental group facilitation skills, the “Higher Ground” approach to setting group norms, conflict management styles, Chesapeake Bay water quality, fisheries, and sea level rise in coastal Virginia.
Session 3: January 10-12, 2018 - Richmond: Key leadership qualities, collaborative process design, group consensus, organizational cultural diversity, green economics, the ethics of advocacy lobbying, and Virginia’s Capitol.
Session 4: March 14-16, 2018 - Danville: Negotiation process preparation and practice, servant leadership, natural resources and local economies, coal ash, human/animal conflicts.
Session 5: April 25-27, 2018 - Southwest VA: Public involvement, leadership without easy answers, rural economic development, the economics of extractive and renewable resources, coal mining reclamation, and the Clinch River regional collaboration.
Session 6: June 13-15, 2018 - Charlottesville: The “Open Space” group process, personal leadership goals, the values and ethics of leaders, plus current topics of the VNRLI class’s choice.