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Frank Dukes

The Clinch River Valley Initiative: How Talk Can Shape Community Action

September 25, 2013  //  Lyric Theatre

Synopsis: In his talk, Dukes shared his experiences working with deeply divided communities seeking to address problems involving economic and social justice, income inequality, contaminated water, toxic communities, and the looming impacts of global warming.

Dr. Dukes’ talk featured one particular effort to integrate economy and environment, the “Clinch River Valley Initiative,” where residents of all affiliations have found ways to create meaningful impacts for themselves and their communities.

Bio: Frank Dukes has worked as a mediator at local, state, and federal levels on projects involving community development, education, and health, environment and land use, with a particular emphasis on the Appalachian coalfields and Chesapeake Bay watershed regions. Dr. Dukes designs dispute resolution and public participation processes, mediates and facilitates, teaches and trains, and conducts research. He is the winner of the 2012 Sharon M. Pickett Award for Environmental Conflict Resolution, presented by the Association for Conflict Resolution.

Click here to listen to a radio interview of Frank Dukes, conducted by Andrew Morikawa (VTIPG Fellow) and Anna Erwin (PGG).