Sample Curriculum

Session 1 

Foundational communication and dialogue skills, personal leadership habits, structured dialogue, personality styles, conventional and sustainable agriculture, water quality, and environmental justice. 

Session 2 
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 
Key leadership qualities, collaborative process design, group consensus, organizational cultural diversity, green economics, the ethics of advocacy lobbying, and Virginia’s Capitol.

Session 4 
Negotiation process preparation and practice, servant leadership, natural resources and local economies, sustainable forestry, coal ash. 

Session 5
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
The “Open Space” group process, personal leadership goals, the values and ethics of leaders, plus current topics of the VNRLI class’s choice.