The Workshops

Our Nebraska Sustainability Leadership Workshops (NSLW) were completed with five workshops in 2010. The NSLW provided a unique platform for civic leaders across the state to share their challenges and successes, and to discover new ways to address the critical economic, environmental, social-cultural, technological and public policy challenges facing our communities. Each day-and-a-half workshop engaged select educational, civic and elected leaders representing communities across the state, each participant identifying challenges particular to their community.

Our civic leaders are the chief designers of our communities and their component parts—central business districts, subdivisions, schools, industries and highways— and hold significant influence over current and future public policies. Of these civic leaders, it is often the mayors of our towns and cities whose vision and direction most informs the character and viability of our region.

Our purpose is to provide a dedicated and collaborative platform for mayors and civic leaders and local leading experts in the various fields that inform a balanced approach to community visioning. The workshops bring together a team of experts in economics and business, leadership development, sustainability issues, water-management, efficient and alternative energy practices, and waste management, among others.

Post-conference surveys were distributed to each participant, evaluated and synthesized to provide the basis for the Joslyn Institute's ensuing initiative, the Conversations Conferences on Nebraska Environment and Sustainability, which continued and deepened the investigations into challenges being faced by Nebraska towns, villages and ciites. The Conversations Conferences, in turn, provided the basis for the video, Nebraska Nexus: Resources, Conservation, Development and Change. This award-winning video was broadcast throughout the state on Nebraska Public Television and was also shown at the Reel to Real Film Festival in Omaha. We hope you'll spend some time studying these initiatives, which grew organically from the original NSLW conferences. Meanwhile, please feel free to browse through the pages of the workshops we had during 2008-2010 by clicking on the links to the left. In addition, you can see some of the EcoSTEP exercises done at these workshops on a separate page, Workshop EcoSTEPS.

Clicking on the names of those workshops completed, in the column to the left, we have more detailed information and photos here from each workshop.

Click on links below to view more information about the individual workshops.

2010 Workshops

> February 4–5, 2010 - Dakota City
> February 25–26, 2010 - Hastings
> March 11–12, 2010 - Broken Bow
> April 8–9, 2010 - Valentine
> April 27–28, 2010 - Scottsbluff

2008-2009 Workshops

> October 30–31, 2008 - Omaha
> November 6–7, 2008 - Lincoln
> December 11–12, 2008 - Mead
> January 8–9, 2009 - Kearney
> January 29–30, 2009 - Grand Island
> February 12–13, 2009 - Columbus
> March 12–13, 2009 - Beatrice
> March 26–27, 2009 - Blair
> April 16–17, 2009 - Nebraska City
> April 30–May 1, 2009 - Norfolk
> May 14–15, 2009 - O'Neill
> June 2–3, 2009 - Culbertson/McCook
> June 4–5, 2009 - North Platte
> July 14–15, 2009 - Chadron
> July 16–17, 2009 - Alliance
> August 20–21, 2009 - Lincoln

Watch this space for further announcements of future workshops.

The 21 day-and-a-half NSLW sessions will be arranged at venues in the following Nebraska communities: Alliance, Beatrice, Blair, Broken Bow, Chadron, Grand Island, Kearney, Lincoln, McCook, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha, O'Neill, Scottsbluff, Sidney, and Valentine. These locations have been chosen to include the surrounding areas within a 60-mile or so radius, making it logistically easier for people across Nebraska to attend.

Site design and development by Zigzag