Conversations Conferences Final Report

Between August 2010 and August 2011, the Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities staged four community Conversation Conferences on Nebraska’s Environment and Sustainability (CCNES). With the assistance and partnership of Creighton University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Central Nebraska Community College, and Western Nebraska Community College, the conference venues were Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island and Scottsbluff. More than 600 Nebraskans participated in the CCNES, either in personal conversations at the four sites or in the online pre- and post-electronic conversations. Each conference focused on facilitated discussions of five essential Nebraska resources: Food, Water, Energy, Materials and Land. The CCNES events were designed to foster lively conversations in which people are compelled to speak up and listen well as they engage with one another to expand understanding, examine assumptions, explore new thinking and generate innovative ideas for solutions and focused action. Drawing from open-space technology approaches, participants were invited to create their own agendas within parameters of stated meeting purpose and navigation guidelines. The statewide newspaper, Prairie Fire has published our final report as a series of three reports on what we heard and how these opinions and conversations may affect the future of Nebraska. Links to them are provided.

Water and Food

Energy and Materials



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